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Common Interviews Questions
What is your leadership style?
When have you held a dissenting point of view?
How did you respond to a recent failure?
Who is your role model?
What is your favorite book? What have you read outside your field recently?
What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses?
What is your proudest achievement?
Interview Guides & Suggested Reading
The resources found below offer an inside look into interviewing for a selection of national scholarships. If you are invited to interview for the Truman, Rhodes, or Marshall Scholarships ONSF strongly recommends that you review these materials. For all other applicants, these resources can offer a variety of advice and suggestions while you prepare for a national scholarship or fellowship interview.
Enough About Me - What Do You Think About Me?
Tara Yglesias's guide to surviving the Truman Interview is a classic that any scholarship finalist, not just Truman finalists, would do well to read. It is full of good, practical advice.
For students, this is also an excellent introduction to what it feels like to be on the interviewer's side of the table.
What does it feel like to interview for a Rhodes Scholarship?
Keep in mind that every applicant's experience will vary, but this article offers one student's account of interviewing in the Houston district in 2016.
Pay particular attention to the author's emphasis on the central question of any fellowship application: why?
The opportunity to explore, reflect, and receive feedback on what you want to do in the future, and more importantly why you want to do it, is the central benefit of any fellowship application whether you win or not.
Marshall Scholarship Interview Advice
So. You've been chosen to interview for the Marshall Scholarship! Congratulations!
Below is a video guide to the Marshall Interview, New York Region. Diane Flynn, seen in the video, also wrote this comprehensive document to help prepare finalists for this portion of the scholarship competition.