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Why did you choose the University that you attended?

1 of 25 Entry Level Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Written on August 19th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
How to Answer

The interviewer would like to know if the school that you attended was your first pick. Be prepared to discuss what attracted you to your particular University. If you had another first choice, you could also explain why that school was so highly enticing to you. Keep your answer positive and brief.

Professional Answer Examples
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"I chose to attend University ABC because it has an unmatched reputation for its finance department. I am so thankful to have been accepted into their esteemed Finance program. I knew that a highly regarded education experience would be the best way to start my accounting career."

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"I chose my post-secondary school based on its reputation for helping their students find placement after completing the administrators' certificate program. 98% of their graduates found employment within two months of graduating. This statistic was essential to me."

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"I initially chose University ABC but ended up being accepted to University XYZ. It was highly competitive to get into University ABC for the business program, and unfortunately, I was not accepted. University XYZ ended up being an incredible school for me with excellent support and great friends. I graduated top of the class with a 3.86 GPA."

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"University ABC is known for its incredibly digital marketing coursework. I chose the school because its technology was superior and I did not have to relocate to attend. It's wonderful having the best schools right in your city!"

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"I attended post-secondary at University ABC. I chose this school because both of my parents are alumni, it is close to my home, and I liked the feel of the smaller school community."

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"I did not gain acceptance into my first choice University; however, the situation ended up working in my favor in the end. University XYZ gave me the opportunity to travel abroad for an exchange semester. I may not have had this opportunity otherwise. Living in Italy for three months was a life-changing experience."

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"University ABC is known to have some of the most influential alumni of any school in our state. It was important to me that I gain my education degree from a school that is highly esteemed and well recognized. My experience was incredibly positive, and I would recommend the school to anyone who asks."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Published: 08/19/2018
*Specific career answer examples vary on published date
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