What do you least expect from others

60 sample questions

Here you can find a number of askthat you can expect during the admission interview at the university. The questions come from different Categories and are displayed mixed.

  • Warm-up questions
  • Questions about achievement motivation
  • Questions about personality
  • Questions about the résumé
  • Pressure & stress issues

What are your three greatest strengths?

The interviewer wants to know:
Did you worry about that? Are the strengths relevant to the university? Can you give a convincing answer?

Answer option:
My strengths are 1., 2., 3. I can also give you examples of each of these strengths. (Examples from school / work)

What is your performance curve like?

The interviewer wants to know:
Do you have good time management or are you wasting your day?

Answer option:
I have pretty good time management, my performance peaks are around XY o'clock. (Describe daily routine)

Why do you want to study here of all places?

The interviewer wants to know:
Are you only interested in studying or are you also pursuing a professional goal?

Answer option:
My professional goal is XY. I have considered several training alternatives, your course of study prepares me best for my goals.

What did you like and what did you dislike about your last training facility or your last employer?

The interviewer wants to know:
Do you speak badly about former superiors, colleagues, systems?

Answer option:
Mainly telling the positive things. Under no circumstances should you speak badly of others.

What is your biggest strenght?

The interviewer wants to know:
Did you worry about that? Is the strength relevant to training? Can you give a convincing answer?

Answer option:
My greatest strength is XY. (Bring examples from school / work.)

What are you most interested in about this course?

The interviewer wants to know:
Why do you want to graduate?

Answer option:
I'm interested in the whole course because it brings me closer to my professional goals (naming goals). I am particularly interested in subject 1, subject 2 and subject 3.

Did you do your best in school?

The interviewer wants to know:
How willing are you to perform?

Answer option:
I didn't just try to do my best in school, I actually try always and everywhere, like here in the admissions interview.

What qualifications do you have?

The interviewer wants to know:
Do you fit the requirements profile of the university?

Answer option:
Name those qualifications that are important to the university. Bring examples.

What are your greatest accomplishments?

The interviewer wants to know:
Are you realistic or are you exaggerating? Have you achieved great things at all?

Answer option:
Prepare an example from school / work, emphasize performance, formulate self-confidently but not overly self-glorifying.

Can you work under pressure?

The interviewer wants to know:
Are you resilient

Answer option:
Of course, I can even work very well under pressure. (Bring an example from school / work.)

What interests you most about the job of social worker ...?

The interviewer wants to know:
Why do you want to graduate?

Answer option:
I'm interested in the whole industry, especially XY. I am particularly interested in 1., 2., 3. (Bring examples, explain why there is an interest in the job description.)

Why should we take you in?

The interviewer wants to know:
Can you convince him of your personality?

Answer option:
Because your degree program helps me to pursue my professional goals (state goals). Because I meet the qualifications that your information material says is important to you (name qualifications + provide examples as evidence).

What do you offer that someone else cannot?

The interviewer wants to know:
Can you convince him of your personality?

Answer option:
I meet the qualifications that you value according to your information material (name qualifications + provide examples as evidence).

Describe a difficult situation that you had to deal with.

The interviewer wants to know:
Where are your weaknesses? Can you handle it well?

Answer option:
Bringing an example from school / work. Explain how the situation was dealt with. Explain how to solve these successfully.

How would you describe your employer / class head?

The interviewer wants to know:
Do you speak badly of former supervisors, colleagues, systems?

Answer option:
Mainly telling the positive things. Definitely don't talk badly about others.

I am not sure if you are suitable for this training.

The interviewer wants to know:
Do you react calmly to attacks?

Answer option:
I can only tell you why I think that I am suitable for this training. The course prepares me in the best possible way for my professional goal. That's why a training position here is very important to me. I fulfill the qualifications that you value (name qualifications and provide evidence).

What's your biggest weakness?

The interviewer wants to know:
Do you admit weaknesses? Are these weaknesses relevant to training?

Answer option:
Under no circumstances mention weaknesses related to the training (eg: "I am not able to work in a team.") Do not disguise any strengths as weaknesses (eg: "I am an extremely precise person") : "I'm not really sporty.")

We have tried to take in students from your school before, but it never worked.

The interviewer wants to know:
Do you react calmly to attacks?

Answer option:
I don't know the other applicants. I can only tell you why I think that I am already suitable for this degree. (Name career goal, qualifications, strengths + examples)

Wouldn't you feel more comfortable at another university?

The interviewer wants to know:
Do you know why you want to study here?

Answer option:
Well, it's less about feeling good. Another university is currently out of the question for me, because this course optimally prepares me for my professional goal. (State professional goal and subjects that are important for achieving it.)

Which decisions do you find the hardest to make?

The interviewer wants to know:
Where are your weaknesses?

Answer option:
Prepare an example from private life, e.g. decisions in the private sector that involve high investments (such as buying a car, buying an apartment, etc.).

Why have you switched studies before?

The interviewer wants to know:
Do you have stamina and stamina?

Answer option:
Well, it wasn't the degree itself, but rather the career prospects that deterred me. (Don't talk badly about the other training facility.)

In your opinion, how many days of absence can you just tolerate in your studies?

The interviewer wants to know:
Do you like to go blue? (This question is often asked at universities of applied sciences with compulsory attendance.)

Answer option:
Only those days of absence can be tolerated that are unavoidable (e.g. illness).

What was your impression of your school / place of work?

The interviewer wants to know:
Do you talk badly about the institution?

Answer option:
I had a good, an excellent impression because ...

Name some of the jobs that you find difficult and explain why.

The interviewer wants to know:
Where are your weaknesses?

Answer option:
Name activities that have little to do with the university of applied sciences and the required qualifications. Don't give ridiculous examples.

What are you worried about?

The interviewer wants to know:
Do you have fears that burden you and that could be a hindrance to your studies?

Answer option:
Fortunately, I have neither fears nor worries at the moment.

Why shouldn't we take in the others?

The interviewer wants to know:
How do you talk about others Do you have confidence? Do you have a plan?

Answer option:
I don't know the others / too little to be able to compare myself with them. I can only say why you should take me. (Professional goal, studying helps me achieve my professional goal, ...)

Why did you always do the internships in the same company?

The interviewer wants to know:
Have you been sponsored? Are you not flexible

Answer option:
Because my job at XY was very interesting and the company kept approaching me and inviting me to do another internship there. Plus, the pay was excellent.

What do you do if someone wants to copy from you who has had little learning because of private problems?

The interviewer wants to know:
How is your social competence? How do you feel about cheating?

Answer option:
I will neither encourage nor prevent it.

Who do you enjoy working with?

The interviewer wants to know:
3-part question part 1: Which people do you like?

Answer option:
With honest, friendly, competent people.

What people do you hate to work with?

The interviewer wants to know:
3-part question part 2: Which people do you dislike?

Answer option:
I can't say that in general. So far I've always got along with all of my colleagues.

How have you been able to work successfully with difficult people?

The interviewer wants to know:
3-part question part 3: How do you get along with difficult people?

Answer option:
Most of them still rubbed off my enthusiasm. I am very good at motivating people to work.

How do you generally react to instructions from lecturers?

The interviewer wants to know:
Can you submit How do you deal with criticism?

Answer option:
I think the lecturers are there to teach me something. So I will follow your instructions. Even if they go against my will.

Describe a situation in which your work or ideas have been criticized.

The interviewer wants to know:
Can you admit mistakes Where are your weaknesses? How do you deal with criticism?

Answer option:
(Describe a situation.) Criticism is not a bad thing. It helps to get better.

Tell about yourself!

The interviewer wants to know:
How can you sell yourself Why do you want to study here?

Answer option:
See chapter self-presentation

Do you focus on personal satisfaction or career advancement?

The interviewer wants to know:
Are you a career person or a lazy guy?

Answer option:
Career advancement and personal satisfaction go hand in hand.

Where have you already shown initiative?

The interviewer wants to know:
Are you a doer

Answer option:
Mention school / professional achievements in which you have shown initiative. Prepare examples.

In retrospect, where did you do anything stupid?

The interviewer wants to know:
Did you do anything stupid? When was it?

Answer option:
Bringing back events and doing it with humor (e.g. "Yes, at that time I still thought that this is how you get through the world ...")

How did your competitors affect you?

The interviewer wants to know:
How do you talk about your competitors?

Answer option:
Very competent, especially Mrs., Mr. XY. (Only formulate positively.)

How interested are you in sports?

The interviewer wants to know:
Do you play sports If so, which one?

Answer option:
If you play sports, lead team sports and endurance sports. Don't mention watching football on TV.

Explain your role as a group / team member.

The interviewer wants to know:
Are you a team player or a loner? What is your role in the group?

Answer option:
Tell me what you did in the last group work, what tasks and functions you had and mention that you enjoy teamwork.

How do you deal with a personal crisis?

The interviewer wants to know:
How do you act in difficult situations? Do you have a personal crisis management system?

Answer option:
I talk to my girlfriend, do sports, go out with friends, discuss the problem with parents / girlfriend / boyfriend / friends, get good advice and decide on the best possible solution.

What would you do if you had more free time?

The interviewer wants to know:
Are you also interested in the subject of the course outside of your studies?

Answer option:
I would definitely spend more time with my boyfriend / girlfriend, but I would also have more time to read interesting articles about XY, for example.

Do you like to work alone?

The interviewer wants to know:
Are you a team player?

Answer option:
I prefer to work in a team, but I also enjoy working independently within the team. That is also necessary.

Define collaboration!

The interviewer wants to know:
Are you a team player?

Answer option:
For me, cooperation means teamwork. Within the team, however, everyone has to work independently so that the team performs well. Good work coordination is primarily important when working together.

Teamwork fails because a colleague did not cooperate. How do you explain this to the editor?

The interviewer wants to know:
How are your social skills?

Answer option:
That was a team mistake, the whole team is responsible for it. The colleague will certainly not be told.

When did you first hear about our degree program?

The interviewer wants to know:
How well did you prepare? Is your application a spontaneous thing or do you have a goal?

Answer option:
I started looking for training opportunities for my career goal about three or four months ago. So that must have been towards the end of February.

Do you know our homepage?

The interviewer wants to know:
How well are you prepared and informed?

Answer option:
Yes, of course, I did a lot of research on your homepage. What do you want to know?

What do you know about our university / our degree program?

The interviewer wants to know:
How well are you prepared and informed?

Answer option:
I can tell you something about the curriculum, the lecturers, the time required, etc. What do you want to know exactly?

Do you know what costs you will have to face in this course?

The interviewer wants to know:
How well did you inform yourself?

Answer option:
Yes, the tuition fees are XY, the material costs around XY (do your research).

How do you actually want to finance your studies?

The interviewer wants to know:
Have you already thought about the financing?

Answer option:
I expect the following costs: tuition fees XY, material costs XY, apartment XY, transport XY, other living expenses XY. The financing is covered by my reserves / my job / my savings.

Do you know how long our university has been around?

The interviewer wants to know:
How well did you inform yourself?

Answer option:
Give correct answer. Research beforehand.

What do you think is the content of course XY?

The interviewer wants to know:
How well have you prepared and informed yourself?

Answer option:
Give correct answer. Research beforehand.

What is a marketing expert, civil engineer, social worker, ... in general responsible for?

The interviewer wants to know:
How well have you prepared and informed yourself?

Answer option:
Give correct answer. Research beforehand.

How many hours per week will you devote to your studies?

The interviewer wants to know:
Is the estimated learning effort realistic?

Answer option:
Now the lessons include about XY hours per week, at home I calculate on average another 20 learning hours.

Have you also applied to other universities?

The interviewer wants to know:
How important is this course to you?

Answer option:
Either: No, or list similar courses. As an applicant, you have the right to cover yourself.

You have booked a vacation and a course will be postponed to this time. What do you do?

The interviewer wants to know:
How important is your degree to you?

Answer option:
I will try to catch up on the course or possibly join another group. If that doesn't work, I'll cancel the vacation.

What do your parents / your boyfriend / your wife ... expect from you?

The interviewer wants to know:
Who wants you to study?

Answer option:
Parents / friend / wife give me freedom of choice. Everything has been agreed on within the family.

If you're not picked, what do you do?

The interviewer wants to know:
How seriously do you take the application?

Answer option:
I will try again next year and in the meantime work in the sector. (If necessary, name an alternative course of study.)