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  • 1. SCHOLARSHIP INTERVIEW BANK OF QUESTIONS BEFORE YOU READ THIS MAKE SURE YOUTYPE/WRITE YOUR OWN ANSWER, MEMORIZE ALL OF YOUR ANSWERS AND PRACTICING TO TELL YOUR ANSWERS IN FRONT OF YOUR FRIENDS AS IF YOU WERE BEING INTERVIEWED BEFORE THE REAL INTERVIEW HAPPEN MEMORIZING ALL OF YOUR ANSWERS MIGHT HELP YOU DURING YOUR INTERVIEW SINCE YOU DON’T HAVE TO TAKE A LOT OF TIME TO THINK OF THEANSWERS TO SOME QUESTIONS THAT HAVE ALREADY PREPARED HERETHE KEY FOR A SUCCESS SCHOLARSHIP INTERVIEW IS PREPARATION. NO MATTER HOW GOOD YOU ARE, WITHOUT A PROPER PREPARATION YOU COULDBLOW OFF YOUR SCHOLARSHIP INTERVIEW IN JUST 5 MINUTESBE CALM AND CONFIDENT DURING YOUR INTERVIEW, TAKE A LONG BREATH BEFORE YOU GO TO THE INTERVIEW ROOM AND MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE. BEING NERVOUS WILL ONLY MAKEYOU FORGET ABOUT EVERYTHING, INCLUDING YOUR FULL NAME AND WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO THERE
  • 2. 1.Sample Scholarship Interview Questions BANK AGeneral questions & plans for the future♦ How did you become interested in your major?♦ What influenced your choice of this major?♦ How did you become interested in your focus area?♦ Have you traveled abroad before? If so, where? What have you learned in your travels?♦ What have you learned about yourself as youve been a student at XXX?♦ What do you hope to accomplish while at graduate school?♦ What are your educational/academic goals? What are your future career plans? How do youplan to use your studies to achieve your future career plans?♦ What would you do if you didnt receive the fellowship?♦ What do you envision yourself doing in 10 years?♦ What will you do with your degree in the long run?♦ Why will this scholarship help you in your career goals?Hooks from application--Know your application & review your essays♦ You wrote in your application that you read poetry. What kind of poetry do you read? Whosyour favorite poet?♦ You said you like reading classics. What is one classical novel you recently read and did notlike?♦ I see your transcript includes ______ (a low grade, an odd course, etc.). Tell me about this.♦ I see in your application that youre fluent in ______. Translate this statement and tell me whosaid it.♦ How would you be a good _______ as a ______ Scholar?♦ What can you tell me about the person this scholarship is named for?Questions about recommendations and choice of recommenders♦ Your high school principal wrote one of your recommendations. Im always suspicious ofapplicants who need to go all the way back to high school to find someone who can saysomething good about them. What do you say to that?♦ Your adviser wrote that you did significant research on Dean Acheson and three Ambassadorsto Yugoslavia. After doing this research, do you think people make history? And if so, discuss ifhistory would have been different if Stevenson had defeated Eisenhower in 1956, Nixon haddefeated Kennedy in 1960, and Dukakis had defeated Bush in 1988.♦ One of your advisers has written a lot about health care policy. Do you agree with his ideas,and if so, in one sentence, how should these ideas be implemented?♦ One of your letter writes uses B.C.E. and C.E. Please define B.C., A.D., B.C.E., and C.E.Which do you prefer and why?
  • 3. Research/Topics in your field--Be prepared to talk about your work and that of others♦ I saw in your application that you intent to ______. Can you give us some examples, outsideof your own research, of some successful studies in this field?♦ Can you explain exactly what techniques or methods your propose to use in your research?♦ What do you think will be the big thing happening in your field in the next ten years?♦ Tell me about your honors thesis topic and describe the research methods you propose to usein your research.♦ Is there anyone you would specifically like to work with?Current events or hot political topics--Read a good newspaper; listen to opinion discussionshows.♦ Do you think everyone in America deserves healthcare? How should we provide healthcare tothe poor? How specifically can we encourage private industry to participate?♦ I recently read about ______. What can you tell me about this?♦ What do you think is the big thing happening in ______ in the next ten years?♦ Do you think that a financially powerful nation could effectively alter the cultural norms ofanother nation?♦ What are your thoughts on US interventionism?♦ You have one minute to tell the Prime Minister of India how to end religious violence. Whatdo you say?♦ What should the U.S. do about the War on Terrorism?♦ Do you believe in state sponsored assassinations, and if not, what about in the case of Hitler?♦ Welfare reform seems like a good thing. Lots of poor people are working now, when theywerent before. What do you think?♦ Name what you think are the top five diplomatic achievements in the past decade.♦ What is the biggest change you would make in government to improve its ethics?♦ If a patient with late stage Alzheimers had written a document requesting that his life nolonger be supported, what would you do? Follow up: What level of abuse in the system would beenough to stop euthanasia: 10 in 100 or 5 in 100?♦ Explain the importance of basic science (or some other topic) as if you were talking to a groupof lawmakers.♦ What can you tell me about globalization (or AIDS, unilateralism/multilateralism, U.S. foreignpolicy, etc.)?♦ If there is an attack on the embassy where youre serving, what would be your plan of action?♦ The ambassador asks you to write a cable about human rights in country X. How would yougo about completing this task?
  • 4. Questions about a students choice of university and degree choice♦ What graduate schools/programs have you been accepted into?♦ Why do you want to do postgraduate study now, as opposed to in two or three years?♦ Is there anyone that you are specifically looking forward to working with?♦ You say you want to study for a PhD in X, yet your university does not have department of X.How are you qualified for this?♦ You say you want to study for a PhD in X, yet the majority of your preparation is in Y. Howare you qualified?Questions about your personality or how you spend your time♦ What do you do for fun when youre not studying, doing research, or performing communityservice?♦ I see youve accomplished some amazing things in your short life. In what areas do you thinkyou can improve?♦ I see youve done a lot of community service. Which service project are you most proud of andwhy?♦ I also assume youve been involved in some leadership experiences. Please describe your mostmeaningful leadership experience and explain why it was most meaningful.♦ What kind of music do you listen to?♦ What is a novel or book that youve read for pleasure recently and like, and why did you likeit?♦ How would you define life? And what is your position on abortion? What is more important--someone agreeing with you on these issues or someone figuring out their own stance on theseissues?♦ What is your "Top 5 " list for the following? Favorite novels, favorite non-fiction books,favorite movies, favorite contemporary political leaders, favorite historical political leaders.♦ What would you do if you won a billion dollars in the lottery?♦ You have a strong desire to give back to the world. Where does this desire come from? Yourfamily, religion or somewhere else?♦ If someone was writing your obituary, what would you want it to say, and what work ofliterature would it quote?♦ What is your philosophy on service that keeps you dedicated to it?They may give you an opportunity to say whatever you want, so be ready.♦ Do you have anything else to add?♦ Why should you be one of the 10 people to get this scholarship?
  • 5. 2. Sample Scholarship Interview Questions BANK BRemember to knock before you enter. Introduce yourself with a firm handshake.  Tell me about yourself : This is a question common to every interview. The interviewer would expect you to introduce yourself by name, family information, school, area of interest and your reason for being here. Be confident in answering this question; interviewers expect a fluent answer.  What are your strengths and weaknesses? : Similar to the first one. List out your strengths; be watchful while listing weaknesses. Working too hard can be listed as a weakness.  Your inspiration : It is important to have an inspiration in a scholarship interview. Interviewers expect you to be inspired by former presidents, sportspersons or war heroes. This aspect also helps in preparing for the interview speech.  Who is your favorite president? Why? : This is a question to test your knowledge about presidents and to verify information based on your inspirations. A free to talk question.  Your biggest success : Interviewers get into the actual interview with this question. This is a good time to talk about a school function you led and executed successfully. Showcase any performance that you feel may impress the interviewer. Restrict it to education and leadership related performances only.  Do you learn from mistakes? Give an example. : This is actually a tricky question and certainly not a place to display your mistakes. Give an answer similar to the weakness question. Quote a situation where you have proved that you have learnt from the mistake.  Your favorite book : If you want to be a leader, you need to have a favorite book. Lots of books are available in stores that contain inspirational values. Select one and read it completely. Explain the gist of the book when asked.  You are in a bookshop containing personality development books, investment related ad autobiographies. Pick two. : A tricky question. Pick two books closely related to the major you have applied for in the university.  Tell us about your goals : Speak only about goals that are related to your study. To become a doctor and serve the people or to eradicate a particular disease would add shine to your speech.  How do you see yourself after 10 years? : Similar goals. You should see yourself in a high position serving people. Receiving an award would be a great achievement.  What has made your principal give a reference letter favoring you? : Tell about your qualities and performances that impressed him.  Why do you think you are the right candidate to receive scholarship? : Explain your ambitions and goals with faith and confidence.
  • 6. 3. Sample Scholarship Interview Questions BANK C How have you been a leader or displayed leadership?When you are asked to explain your leadership capabilities, you dont want to only list off a bunch oftitles and positions. Instead focus on a specific leadership position or activity and give enough detailto show the depth of your commitment. Citing concrete accomplishments like getting half of the dormto participate in a scavenger hunt or giving toys to more than 200 families also helps the interviewergauge the significance of your achievement. Remember that you dont have to hold an official title orelected position in order to show leadership. Describing how you organized something or motivated agroup of people is just as impressive as any official title. What is your greatest strength and weakness?Its easy to say that your strength is that you work hard. But what will really prove this to the judgesis an example. Use a particular instance to illustrate your strength so that the judges can see whatyou mean. Its not enough to say that you have leadership qualities. You must share incidents thatshow how you have led. What kind of results have come from your leadership? Why do you do it?Help the judges understand why you believe this to be your strength.When talking about a weakness, be honest—but realize that its important to show what actions youare taking to address what you consider to be a flaw. There is nothing wrong with acknowledging afailing, but it is very impressive to see that you are also taking steps to minimize and perhapsovercome that weakness. Certainly, you want the interviewers to believe that your weakness will notkeep you from being successful as a college student. Who is a role model for you?When interviewers ask this question, their intent is to learn something about you through youranswer. In other words, whom you admire says something about you. So be careful to explain yourrole model choice. If you just say that your role model is golfing superstar Tiger Woods but offer noexplanation, you arent sharing much about yourself. The judges wont know if Tiger is your rolemodel because hes a good golfer, a Stanford graduate or something else. No matter whom youchoose as a hero, be sure to know enough about him or her to explain what specific quality you wantto emulate. Also, know that persons shortcomings (and how he or she doesnt let it interfere withsuccess) since you may be asked about that as a follow-up question. What is your favorite book?Dont give a book report when you answer this question. What the interviewer really wants to learn iswho you are. What you say about the importance of reading the book is indicative of your interests,
  • 7. beliefs, goals, likes and dislikes.When thinking about which book to choose, ask yourself if your selection made you think differentlyor compelled you to take a certain action. Ask yourself what specifically made you relate to aparticular character. Also dont feel that you have to select a classic. Its fine to say that your favoritebook isCharlottes Web or Green Eggs and Ham. Whats important is not your book choice but why itis meaningful to you. Why did you choose this college?This is an excellent opportunity to reveal something about yourself through your answer. You dontwant to be a tour guide, describing the well-known assets of the college. It is better to explain whythe colleges features are important to you. Instead of saying that you chose the school because of itsresearch facilities, explain how you plan to make use of the facilities. The more details and specificsyou can give, the better. If it is applicable and appropriate, walk the interviewers through the thoughtprocess you went through when selecting the college. This will help them understand what isimportant to you and it will also show them how seriously you considered your choice of a college andthe education you hope to attain there. What is your favorite subject in school and why?It would be easy just to name a favorite subject and leave it at that. But the interviewer is trying tounderstand why you like what you like. When answering a question like this, give reasons orexamples for your selection. Dont state the obvious. If you are asked why English is your favoritesubject, give more than "Because I like it" or "Because Im good at it."You can also use a question like this as an opportunity to talk about an achievement or award. If yousay that your favorite subject is English, you can speak about a writing competition that you won orthe reading marathon that you started. This is a good springboard question that you can expand tobring your impressive achievements into the conversation. Whats a meaningful academic class, project or other experience?A question like this is a great opportunity to showcase an impressive project or achievement. Be sureto give a lot of detail and explain the significance of the experience. Use your answer to show a littlemore about you by stating why the project or class was meaningful to you and give examples ofincidents that were memorable. If you can, select a subject or project that relates to the scholarshipsince it will help demonstrate why you deserve to win the award.
  • 8. With what activities are you most involved?Fight the urge to answer this question by spouting off a laundry list of activities. Instead of telling all12 clubs that you are a member of, select a handful in which youve made significant contributions.This will be more meaningful to the selection committee and will better capture their attention. Forscholarship interviews, be sure to highlight activities that match the goal of the awards. If you areapplying for a writing award, speak about your journalism experience. If you are applying for anaward in medicine, speak about your medical-related experience, studies or volunteer work. Make theactivities relevant to the interview committee. Is there anything else you want to add?Dont be shy about bringing up something important that the interviewer didnt ask you. If youveforgotten to speak about something or a topic never came up during the conversation, now is thetime to say so. Use this question to bring up a strong point or two that werent discussed. The lastimpression you leave is often the strongest. If you think youve already left a strong impression, thenyou dont have to say anything. But if you think you need to reemphasize an important point, this isthe time to make a final statement.4. Sample Scholarship Interview Questions BANK DIt is impossible to predict exactly which questions you may be asked in a scholarship interview, but it ispossible to prepare yourself by working out answers to some of the more common questions that getasked in interviews, whether for scholarships or employment. Write down the answers to thesequestions.  What are your greatest strengths?  What are your career goals?  Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?  Tell me about a personal achievement that makes you proud.  Tell me about a mistake that you made and what you learned from it.  Who has influenced your life and why?  Why would you be an excellent recipient of ___ scholarship?These are the basics. Know these answers cold.Next, think specifically about the scholarship award that you are seeking. Be sure you are very wellinformed about the organization.  What is the mission of the organization offering the award?  Who have they given the award to in the past and why?  Who are the judges?
  • 9.  What is it about your application that made you a finalist?Use this information to develop responses that you may be able to introduce into the discussion toprovide the content that you would like to be sure that the judges hear from you. For example, if you area finalist in a scholarship competition from an environmental group and you believe that your volunteerwork on the local Conservation Commission was key to your selection as a finalist, consider findingexamples from that experience to highlight your strengths or describe lessons you have learned.Finally, prepare yourself to make a good impression. If you need a haircut, get a haircut. If you are a nailbiter, invest in a professional manicure or even a set of acrylic nails. Select your interview outfit withcare. It may or may not be advisable to wear a suit or dress, depending upon the specific situation.However, it is always appropriate to make sure your clothes are clean, they fit correctly, and there are noloose buttons or hanging threads. Familiarize yourself with the working of a steam iron and press yourclothes even if the tag says they dont require ironing.

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