Interview Questions to get into a new schoolWritten by Scott Dreyer
Back in the spring, I got a message on WeChat from a mother in Shenzhen, China. It went something like this:
We met about a year ago, when you talked with my son online. We did not sign up for your classes then, but we are in trouble now. My son has applied to an American school here in Shenzhen. He has passed the written part of the entrance exam, but he has failed the oral interview with an American teacher. He has taken the interview two times and failed both. He has a third interview in late May, but that's the last time. If he fails that one, he cannot get in. I am almost feeling desperate. Can you please help us?
Of course I wanted to help her, so we set up a time to meet online. I assessed her son's English level, heard more about about their goals, and we made a plan. Her son would have four 1 on 1 classes each week with a DreyerCoaching.com teacher, over the next two months or so, leading up to the interview. Each class lasted fifty minutes. His teacher used these and other questions as the teaching material.
1. The teacher would ask the question, so the young man would practice his listening skills. Let's face it: if you can't understand the question, there is NO WAY you can answer it correctly!
2. The student would try to answer the question, to the best of his ability.
3. The teacher would coach and correct the student, to help his word choice, pronunciation, and overall clarity.
If all this sounds like a lot of work, it is. As the old saying goes, "There is no shortcut to success." But the student and teacher met consistently and worked diligently for many weeks, about four nights per week.
The result? During the last week of May, I asked his mom how things had gone.
Thank you, teacher, we are so happy! My son passed his interview and will enter the new school this fall. Thank you so much!
Her news made the other teacher and I SO delighted to hear. Thanks to that targeted, intensive time of classes, that young man got into his desired school so he can pursue his dream. That's what we want to do at DreyerCoaching.com. Help you make your dreams come true!
Contact me today to find out how we can help you!
Here are some of the questions the DreyerCoaching.com teacher used with this young man, to help him PASS his school enterance interview:
Interview Questions you might be asked:
What are you looking for in a school?
Tell me three things you would bring to this school?
What classes are your favorite and why?
If you could meet one person from history, who would that be and why?
Do you hold a leadership position at your school? Do you want to in the future?
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Who are your heroes?
What are you most proud of?
Are you involved with sports? Which teams? What position?
Do you like music or art? What type of music do you like? Do you sing in a chorus? Do you play an instrument? Are you involved with acting? Do you want to continue with these interests?
Do you keep a journal?
Are you involved with a community service project? What did you learn from this project? What was most significant about this project or projects?
Do you read outside of school? If so, what types of books do you like? Why?
If not, what books that you have read in school do you like? And why?
Do you like to go to the movies? What types of films are of interest to you?
Who was your best teacher ever and why?
Did you ever have trouble communicating with a teacher or coach? If so, what did you do?
What do you like to do with your friends outside of school?
What did you do this past summer? Go to camp? Work? Go on a remarkable vacation?
What does your typical day look like? How much time do you spend doing your homework? How organized are you and what types of methods do you use to keep yourself organized?
When you are faced with a problem, how do go about solving it?
What activities do you like to do with your family?
Tell me one thing about your current school that you most appreciate?
Why do you want to come to this school?
What do you see yourself involved in, if you were to come here?
More students apply here than we can accept. Out of all the qualified applicants, why should we admit you? What unique qualities or background do you bring to the table?
Do you have any questions about this school?
Here is a list of 40 new topics that you might find useful if you are preparing for Part 1 of the iBT TOEFL Speaking section. These are all Independent topics of the "open choice" / personal experience or opinion type.
- Who is your best friend? Describe this person and say why he/she is your bestfriend.
- What is your favorite place to visit on weekends? Describe it and explain why it is your favorite place to go.
- What is your happiest childhood memory? Describe it and give reasons to explain why it is your happiest memory.
- What is your most important possession? Describe it and say why it is so important.
- Talk about a person in your life who has inspired you. Describe the person and explain why you found him/her inspirational.
- Where do most like to go to eat out? Describe this place and say why you like it most.
- Talk about an important national holiday in your home country. Describe it and explain why it is important.
- What is your favorite book or movie? Describe it and say why it is your favorite.
- Who do you feel close to in your family (or extended family)? Describe this person and say why you feel close to him/her.
- Where is a good place to have fun in your city or town? Describe this place and explain why it is fun.
- Talk about an experience in your life that made you feel embarrassed. Describe it and say why it was embarrassing.
- What was your favorite subject at school? Describe it and explain why this subject was your favorite one.
- Who is an important person in your country? Describe this person and explain why he/she is important.
- Talk about an interesting tourist attraction you have been to. Describe it and say why it was interesting.
- Talk about a time when you experienced success. Describe the experience and say why it was a success for you.
- What is your favorite style of clothing? Describe it and explain why it is your favorite.
- Name a person whom you truly admire. Describe the person and say why you admire him/her.
- Think of a place that makes you feel relaxed and peaceful. Describe it and explain why it is relaxing and peaceful for you.
- Talk about a difficulty you have overcome in your life. Describe the experience and say why it was difficult to overcome.
- What is your most useful study aid? Describe it and explain why it is useful in helping you to study.
- Talk about a teacher who had a positive influence on you. Describe this person and explain why he/she was so influential to you.
- Where is your favorite place to study? Describe this place and say why it is a good place for you to study.
- Talk about a positive experience with learning or using English. Describe the experience and say why it was a positive one.
- What is your favorite kind of food? Describe it and explain why it is your favorite.
- Name a famous or influential figure who has inspired you. Describe this person and say why he/she has been inspirational to you.
- Which place has fond memories for you? Describe this place and explain why it is memorable to you.
- When have you been happily surprised by something? Describe the experience and say why the surprise was a happy one for you.
- Describe a resource that helped you to do something better than before. Describe it and explain why it was helpful to you.
- Describe a person from your country’s history. Why do you think this person was important?
- Where would you like to go to spend a vacation? Describe this place and say why you would like to holiday there.
- Talk about something you and your family enjoy doing together. Describe it and explain why you all enjoy it.
- What is your favorite recreational activity? Describe it and say why you enjoy doing it.
- Who is the most intelligent person you know? Describe the person and say why you think he/she is intelligent.
- Where would you most like to live? Describe this place and explain why you would like to live there.
- What is your favorite season of the year? Describe the season and explain why you like it so much.
- What custom from your home country are you most fond of? Describe the custom and explain why you are fond of it.
- Which person are you most likely to go to with a personal problem? Describe this person and say why you would go to him/her in particular.
- Name a place in your country you would recommend others to visit. Describe this place and explain why you would recommend it.
- Talk about an event from the past that you would like to relive. Describe the original event and say why you would like to relive it.
- What is your favorite way of getting around? Describe it and explain why it is your favorite means of transportation.
- What career would you like to pursue/prepare for? Why, in terms of your abilities and motivation, do you think you are suited for this life work?
A licensed teacher in the US state of Virginia since 1987, Scott Dreyer has been helping Chinese speakers improve their English since 1989. Dreyer lived in Taiwan from 1989-1999 where he learned Mandarin, met his wife, started his family, and realized he loved working with Chinese students. He became an award-winning author and started teaching ESL online in 2008. Dreyer and his wife and their four adult children make their home in the beautiful Roanoke Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.dreyercoaching.com/en/about/scott-dreyer
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