High School Interview Questions & Tips

Instructor: Carrie Soucy
If you are preparing for a high school interview and aren't quite sure what to expect, we have you covered. Read on for tips to help you ace your interview, and to learn about some of the most commonly asked questions.

Tips to Help You Ace Your High School Interview

Your high school interviewer's goal is to gauge how well-suited you are for the school and determine your performance and drive when it comes to academics, extracurricular activities and community involvement. Along with preparing answers for the questions you'll likely be asked by your interviewer, you will want to stand out by demonstrating positive personal traits and qualities. To do so, you should:

  • Dress appropriately. Not sure what is appropriate dress for the school at which you are interviewing? Research to find the uniform or attire requirements for students at the school and use that as a guideline. Dressing like a student at the school is a great way to visually demonstrate that you are a strong candidate.
  • Arrive early. Shakespeare once said it's better to be three hours early than a minute too late. While you don't need to be three hours early for your high school interview, you definitely do not want to be a minute late. Make sure you take into account commuting time and possible delays, so you arrive on time.
  • Research the school ahead of time. Take the time to read everything you can about the school before your interview, and formulate a list of questions that are pertinent to the school and your interests.
  • Be alert. You might have butterflies before your interview but try to get a good night's sleep, so you are well-rested and make sure you eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Show off your social skills and maturity. Turn off your phone; don't slouch; make eye contact; take time to formulate your thoughts; try to avoid saying 'like' or 'um'.
  • Be genuine. Answer questions truthfully, rather than saying what you think the interviewer wants to hear. Your interviewer will likely spot - and frown upon - disingenuous answers.
  • Be polite. Along with greeting your interviewer by name, shaking hands and saying thank you, make sure you send a prompt and personalized thank you note after the interview.

For more tips and insights into how to present yourself effectively, check out the lessons in this course on interpersonal communication.

Typical High School Interview Questions

Each interviewer will have a unique set of questions but, at many schools, you may expect to be asked some variation of the 10 questions listed below:

  • What are your weaknesses?
  • What subject do you enjoy most? Why?
  • What subject do you like least? Why?
  • How do you like to spend your free time?
  • If I asked your friends to describe you, what would they say?
  • What have you read recently?
  • What has been your biggest challenge?
  • What is your definition of a good teacher?
  • What would you like to accomplish, academically or in extracurricular activities, during high school?
  • Why did you decide to apply to this school?

Practice your answers with family or friends before your interview. This can help minimize the amount of anxiety you might feel about the interview. For insight into how to deliver answers that have the maximum impact, see this collection of lessons that will help you improve your public speaking skills for interviews.

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