How Would Your Friends/Past Teachers Describe You?


Interviewer asking a question in a scholarship interviewOn many schools, they will make a background check either before, or after your scholarship interview. It is a rational course of action. They may call your former class teachers or vice principal to ask about you, if you made any problems on school and oppositely, if you did something extraordinary in positive matters. Hopefully, you have had good relationships with these people… In most cases, they try to help former students and will give a good feedback on you. Of course, everyone is different and some may try to sink you.

But anyway, asking you this question, they follow various intentions:

  • To see if you are able to assess yourself, your strengths, weaknesses and who you are
  • To check your trustworthiness, to compare what you say and what your former teachers would say
  • To see how you talk about your former teachers, if you mention them in a positive way or oppositely in a negative one

After all, there is not too much to think about at this point. They will for sure say good things about you, or at least you should believe they would. Therefor, focus on positive skills and abilities, such as responsibility, persistence, enthusiasm, motivation, attention to detail and other in your answer. The people from scholarship committee may, as well as may not, contact the teachers.


Sample answers

Happy studentsMy teachers would describe me as a responsible student interested in after school activities, who actively contributes to the student life.

They would say I was a good student with a clear vision of life, especially skilled in mathematical subjects.

Well, i really liked my teachers as well as assistant principals. I believe it was mutual. They would most likely say I was a good and passionate student, always did homework, never late to school, always creative and looking for ways of improvement on his weaknesses.

They would say I was popular in class, trying to help the others, actively taking part in lessons and paying attention, representing school on different events and competitions.

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