What will alumni interviewers ask?

When I went to my alumni interview, I had no idea what to expect. As a current interviewer who also knows many other interviewers, here’s a sampling of questions that you might get asked.

Let’s start with the more generic questions that you’d probably expect.

  • What are you interested in studying at Princeton?
  • What activities did you participate in and why?
  • How does coming to Princeton help you achieve your goals?
  • What clubs would you participate in at Princeton?


There are also some curveballs which we think tell us a lot about your personality.

  • What’s your favorite book and why?
  • If you were rejected from Princeton, what would you do?
  • What are you most afraid of about attending college?
  • What’s the most interesting thing you did in high school?
  • If you were already admitted into Princeton, what would you be doing with your time now?
  • What’s your opinion of the area you grew up in?


Last, you’ll be asked:

  • Do you have any questions for me?

Don’t neglect this last point! (See: interviewing red flags). I’ll be updating this list as I hear more from interviewers.


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