University of Chicago (Arts and Humanities)

The University of Chicago is one of the leading research and academic institutions that has encouraged innovative ways of thinking since its inception in the year 1890. The Arts and Humanities department includes graduate and undergraduate courses, doctoral programs etc. Some of the key departments here are:

Comparative Literature
Department of History
Department of Classics
English Language and Literature
Creative Writing
Visual Arts
Germanic Studies
Slavic Languages and Literatures

Interview- Knowing about the Interview Process

The University of Chicago very clearly mentions, in its website that interviews are not a compulsory part of the application process. The personal rendezvous provides both the interviewer and the candidate a chance to indulge in casual conversation with each other. The interview is generally conducted by a student of the fourth year or a member of the alumni.

Please remember that the interviewers would be more interested in learning about you. But it doesn’t really mean that you would go on reciting your resume. Talk about yourself so as to demonstrate your urge to be a part of the community. The interviewers would also be more than willing to provide you information about the university as well.

Its mainly the current fourth year students who conduct the on-campus interviews. If you’re unable to schedule an interview as per your application plan, then you might request for an alumni interview after submitting your application. Though taking an interview is optional, it is believed that if you want to prove yourself as a strong contender or candidate you should take the interview. Make sure that you’re learning about your interviewer a bit as well.

How Should You Prepare?

A careful online search would actually tell you that the University of Chicago is significantly known as an intellectual school. So be prepared to talk about your academic interests. You would be getting many opportunities to speak at length about the extracurricular activities that you indulge in. However, around 75-80 percent of the rendezvous should be based on discussions about your intellectual and academic interests. Please note that you’re required to come up with in-depth answers to the questions. Most of the times, there are chances of your answers being associated with a follow up question. For instance, if you say something like “I like to read a lot” interviewers would immediately come up with something like “What kind of books do you read” or else, “Which book have you read last?”

Some of the Possible Interview Questions

  • Why do you think that the University of Chicago is going to help in your way of shaping your career goals?
  •   Are you applying anywhere else? If yes, then where is it that you’re applying?
  • If you were given a chance to describe your application in 10-15 words, what would they be?
  • Who is your role model? Why?
  • Do you have a favorite philosopher? Who is he? Why is he your favorite?
  • What was your favorite subject in your school?
  • Why are you interested to pursue a career in the technical field?
  • What type of extracurricular activities do you indulge in?
  • Tell us the about the academic area that interests you the most.
  • Tell us about the academic area that interests you the least.
  • What do you generally do for fun?
  • What do you know about the University of Chicago?

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