Top 14 Popular scholarship Interview Questions
Question 1: Tell Us About Yourself.
This is most likely the first question scholarship interviewers ask. When interviewers ask this question, The interviewer is basically giving you a chance to set yourself apart from the pool of scholarship applicants. Therefore, this could be a time to hint at your main interest and how it relates to the scholarship objective while giving an overview of other interests.
My name is Tom, and I’m a gratuate of Macquarie University School of Medicine. My study there was awesome. I spend a great deal of time outside my studies following advancement in medicine. To this effect, I have a health blog that discusses the latest trend in medicine.
Question 2: What Extracurricular Activities Do You Involve in?
Here, the interviewer is trying to find out your other activities asides your study. It also gives the interviewer a peek into your personality, if you are responsible or not. Also, how you blend and interact with others in a team.
I am currently playing football with chelsea junior team. I play the role of a striker. At home, I visit the football pitch frequently to train kids who want to become footballers. I love their passion and determination. I also sing with the choir in church on Sunday. I’m an outgoing person and these three activities help me share my knowledge, as well as learn with others.
Question 3: What is Your Greatest Strength?
The Interviewer wants to know if you are aware of yourself, so don’t mistake it for your greatest interest. What you need to do here is just to state your greatest strength and give an example that showcases how you applied it.
I think I am really good at winning others over to an idea. Two months ago, I and a couple of coursemates got a project to take the stock count of a real company. We were to work as a team and we elected a team lead. However, the team lead couldn’t sway us to take a stock count of a grocery store instead of a cafeteria, which others were suggesting. I was able to point to everyone on the team that taking stock of a cafeteria would help them realize it’s an effective accounting practice for their kind of business. However, taking a stock count of a grocery store would be more effective, as we won’t only be showing them new trends in stock taking, but also saving them the cost of acquiring the knowledge. In the end, they all agreed the grocery store was better.
Question 4: What is Your Greatest Weakness?
For this interview question, your interviewer is trying to assess whether you examine yourself for flaws from time to time. Of course, we are all not perfect, so you’ll need to specify one of your weaknesses that may hinder your success at college. However, you’ll have to show that you’re attempting to improve, or that you’re trying to overcome this weakness completely. Again, like your strength, give examples.
I can’t express myself well in a crowd. However, I am constantly looking for ways to be more outspoken. I joined the theatre club on getting to college to be able to face a crowd and speak. Surprisingly, I began to conquer my fear of the crowd and express myself better with my act.
Question 5: What is the Biggest Mistake You Have Ever Made?
This question tests your ability to recognize a flaw. But unlike your weakness, the interviewer wants to see how you learn from past experience. Therefore, to answer this, you’ll acknowledge that you did something wrong at a point in time but you’ll also show that you’re better now.
Last year, I slammed shut a text in the face of my little brother. He was too slow on picking up the basic algebra I was teaching him. He made a sad face about it and said I made him look dumb but he didn’t have a problem that I stopped giving him extra algebra classes. I didn’t know how wrong I was until a friend teaching me a dance routine did the same to me three months ago. Now, when I teach someone and they are not picking up quick, I smile and ask them to take a break then continue when they are refreshed. I haven’t been impatient at anyone since.
Question 6: Tell Us About Your Leadership Experience
Some scholarships require you to possess leadership skills. This is a common interview question for those kinds of scholarships. The interviewer simply wants to know how much responsibility you can take for the welfare of others. When answering this kind of question, don’t restrict yourself to leadership roles in formal settings. You should explain how you were able to lead people in a positive way, which may not be easy for someone else to do.
I didn’t know I have the leadership trait in me until I became the president of a Book Club I belong to three years ago. We were able to make a lot of changes in the way we operated and through the community outreaches we carried out, I realized that I like to involve others in solving societal problems. Presently, I am the president of a Fundraising Community and I get to involve people to solve community problems on a bigger scale.
Here, not only did the scholarship applicant state their leadership roles but also their style of leadership.
Question 7: Who is Your Role Model?
This is another pretty common scholarship interview question. Here, the interviewer wants to know the kinds of traits you admire, whether they are positive. You know the people you admire speaks volume about your person. Meanwhile, to answer this question, you’ll have to state who your role model is. It doesn’t matter whether the person is a family member, teacher, or a celebrity. You’ll point out the traits they have which you admire, as well as their flaws because no human is flawless. Your answer will be richer if you can show how your role model tries to overcome their flaws.
I look up to my dad who manages his own printing press. He started the business using the basement at home. This was after he lost his job. Nobody thought the business would thrive or even grow, not even my mom. Although he divorced my mom, I admire my dad for his strong self-belief and sheer doggedness. If I eventually attain the height he attained, however, I’ll discipline myself to be faithful in my marriage.
Question 8: Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?
This interview question is not only common for scholarship interviews but also for job interviews. The interviewer here is assessing how visionary you are, probably to see how your vision blends with theirs. Even though it is okay to project yourself a picture of yourself you aren’t so certain about, try to focus on service and career accomplishments. They may not be keen about personal accomplishments.
I love medicine so much, So I would like to be a medical doctor. However, I am excited that this scholarship is also available for Master’s degree students and I believe I can utilize the scholarship funding and research opportunity to make the world most safest place in the next five years.
Question 9: Tell Us a Meaningful Experience or Class You had in School
When scholarship interviewers ask this question, they want to know how you appreciate new knowledge. They also want to see how you express yourself, so go ahead and be funny if you won’t suck at it. Otherwise, just tell a school experience in your own voice.
The best moment in class I had was when I was in 9th grade. We were learning poetry but it was just reading from books. Our teacher then introduced us to spoken-word poetry. He rolled up his sleeves, put his teaching manual aside and began to perform poetry. It was entertaining as well as educating. I was able to see the elements of poetry take shape in performance. That day, poetry became easy for me. I realized it was merely expressing your deepest feelings in words.
Question 13: Why Do You Deserve this Scholarship?
This is a common scholarship interview question that you must come well prepared for. It is so common that there is almost no chance of your interviewer skipping this question. Here, the interviewer wants to be sure you know what the scholarship you’re applying for entails. You have to show them, however, that you possess the traits they listed in the scholarship advert. Thus, to effectively answer this, you’ll have to be conversant with the scholarship description and the traits they are looking for.
My focus throughout high school has been service, academic excellence, and citizenship, which is what a Jefferson Scholar should demonstrate. I have had the opportunity to serve around the county and provided service and leadership since the founding of the Student Service League. Also, as a member of the School Board, I have begun to implement strategic policy changes in my hometown. The Jefferson scholarship will assist my study at UVA and help me grow to be a policy-maker.
The applicant here gives a balanced response, listing past success with knowledge of the scholarship as well as their benefit from the scholarship.
Question 14: How Do You Plan on Spending the Money?
This question is pretty easy and straightforward. The interviewer merely wants to know how you hope to achieve your academic or important financial goals with the award money. So, you’ll do well to explain just that to them without attaching any trivial expenditure.
With the scholarship money, I’ll be able to visit France the summer before I matriculate. I’ve always wished to go back to Nantes to learn the culture of the place my family comes from. I would use the opportunity to visit the family’s carrot farm and learn how to grow the famous Scarlet Nantes Carrot. I will also be able to decide whether I really want to take up a career in agriculture.