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#1 njjew

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 10:28 PM

So I know that a bunch of these school already had their interviews, but a bunch didn’t. and it might be helpful for future years. I hope it helps!

Michlalah
  • Read a Rashi in Berishis, they choose
  • They ask about things in your essay, especially quotes
  • Why do you want to go there?
  • All about the classes you take, if you like them, give an example
  • What is your favorite subject and why?
  • do you have any relatives that went to Michlalah
  • What do you like about your school?
  • All about your family…siblings etc.
  • What do you hope to get out of your year?
  • What you recently learned in a certain subject.
  • What did you do last summer?
  • What do you do in your free time?
Darchei Binah
  • Read a Rashi.
  • Reads your essay and you discuss it briefly
  • Why do you want to come to our school?
  • What are your goals for your year in Israel?
  • What is your favorite subject?
  • How do you feel this school can help you achieve your goals?
Midreshet Moriah
  • What do you like to do in your spare time?
  • 3 unique qualities about yourself
  • What can you offer to this seminary?
  • Why do you want to go to this seminary?
  • Mishna Bruriah and Rashi
  • What do you like to do in your spare time?
Tiferet
  • Unique qualities about yourself.
  • Why do you want to come to this school?
  • What middos do you want to work on?
  • Read from Mishna brurah and translate
  • What can u offer to this seminary?
  • Who is your role model and why?
  • If you could meet anyone in Tanach who would it be and why?
  • What mitzvah is easiest/ hardest for you?
Tomer Devorah
  • Why do you want to go here?
  • Read form a Chumash
  • Why are you going to Israel?
  • What goals f you have?
  • Why should we accept you?
Me’ohr
  • read a paragraph in Hebrew
  • How was elementary school?
  • Read a meforash. Rabbi picks one he thinks you would like.
  • How would you define right wing?
  • What do you expect to fain from your year in Israel?
  • Reads essay and asks questions about it.
Machon Gold
  • What I one weakness that you have?
  • Read Pasuk and Rashi
  • Why should we accept you?
  • What do you want to gain from your year in Israel?
Chochmas Lev
  • What are you looking for in a seminary?
  • Read Pasuk and Rashi and what lesson you can learn from it.
  • Do you know anyone who is there now?
  • What are your hobbies and interests?
  • What sefarim do you like to read?
  • Reads essay and asks you questions about it.
  • how would you describe yourself
  • What are your future plans?
Afikay
  • Why do you want to come here?
  • read something from Chumash
  • What do you want to gain from your year in Israel?
Ateres
  • Describe yourself
  • Where are your friends going?
  • How proficient are you at reading meforshim?
Harova
  • Why did you choose this school?
  • What was your favorite subject in high school and why?
  • Why do you want to go to Israel?
  • What extra curricular activities do you do?
  • More conversation than questions.

MMY
  • What are your goals for your year in Israel?
  • What is your favorite subject and why?
  • If you can bring one thing to the interview that shows something about yourself, what would you bring and why?
  • Who wrote the Mishna bruriah? and read something from it.
  • Where are you going for college? Or what are you planning on doing after you year in Israel?
  • What did you like/ not like about your school?
  • How can MMY help you achieve your goals for next year?
  • How can you see yourself being different after your year?
  • Why do you want to go to MMY?
  • What extra curricular activities are you involved in?
  • Where did your siblings / family go in Israel?
They love to hear that MMY teaches you how to learn – and that one of your goals for next year is to learn how to learn.


Sha’alavim
1. Why do you want to go to Sha’alavim as apposed to anywhere else?
2. What’s your family background?
3. What do you want to gain from your year in Israel?
4. You read from a Chumash and meforshim and translate.
5. What extra curricular activities do you participate in?
6. What is your favorite subject and why?
7. Are you Zionistic?
8. What can you add to our school?
9. He tells you to talk about yourself.
10. What classes do you like?
11. Describe yourself as a student.

Midreshet Tehila
  • What did you like/ dislike about high school?
  • What are your talents?
  • name 3 characteristics of yours
  • Are you friends with other people who applied here from your high school?
  • Do you know anyone who went here?
  • What do you hope to gain out of seminary?
  • Why Midreshet Tehila specifically?
He comes with his wife so it’s more chilled out.


Sharfmans
  • What would you change about your school?
  • Why do you want to go to Sharfmans?
  • Family background?
  • What do you want to gain from your year in Israel?
  • Do you have any questions about me and Sharfmans?
  • What do you want to gain from this seminary?
B’nos Sarah
  • No reading Meforshim
  • Basically she wants to hear you talk. She asks very few questions and let's you talk.
  • Asks about your school-describe your experience.
  • asks about your family and what they are doing now
  • Why do you want to go to Bais Yaakov?
  • Do you have any questions about this school?
  • What did you do this summer?
  • How did you find out about this school?
  • What do you want to do when you grow up?
  • Asks about your essay?
  • What is your community like?
BJJ

1. Why do you want to go to a Bais Yaakov?

2. Asks about your family

3. Asks you to read from the Ramban but you have time to prepare it before.

4. Questions everything you say- very discerning- if you say thank you then she will ask you why you said thank you.



B’nos Chava
  • Why Bais Yaakov? Are you think you are 100% Bais Yaakov? Why Bais Yaakov from your school?
  • Asks a lot about your family.
  • Read Psukim and Meforash and asks you about the Parsha- but she helps you with it.
  • Not too many questions.
If applying from a non Bais Yaakov school- you must sound positive (“it was good, learnt a lot but this isn’t what I want to continue on”- so they think your not a negative person) but not too positive because then why are you applying to Bais Yaakov?


Tiferes
  • Why do you want to go to Tiferes?
  • What do you do in the summer?
  • Where are your friends going for seminary?
  • What do you want to get out of seminary?
  • Are you interested in any of the electives?
  • What other seminaries did you apply to and why do you want to go to Tiferes as opposed to the other schools?
Migdal Oz
  • How did you like your school?
  • Do you agree with your schools Hashkafa?
P’ninim
  • Why do you want to come here?
  • Read a Pasuk and Rashi.
  • What are your goals for the year?
Good luck with your interviews!!!

#2 surviver2

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 07:56 AM

just a little chizic
about 40% of my seminary described their interveiws as disasters and they were postive they werent getting in

#3 shifpifer1

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 02:18 PM

Why is that chizuk?

#4 SilverShoes

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Posted 25 December 2011 - 06:24 PM

Because then they did get in?
at least thats what i am hoping she'll say

#5 GotEmunah?

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 01:59 AM

I know that everyone gets very nervous before interviews but I just want to remind everyone that it really isn't all that bad - think about it - its 20 minutes to talk about YOU! That never happens!
Just be yourself - don't try to be someone else. Read these questions and try to think of answers that you would answer if you were asked them. Seminaries want real serious girls. Seminary principals aren't out to get you - they just want to see how you will react and what kind of person you are.
Hatzlocha Rabah!!!

#6 shifpifer1

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Posted 01 January 2012 - 05:15 PM

I know that everyone gets very nervous before interviews but I just want to remind everyone that it really isn't all that bad - think about it - its 20 minutes to talk about YOU! That never happens!
Just be yourself - don't try to be someone else. Read these questions and try to think of answers that you would answer if you were asked them. Seminaries want real serious girls. Seminary principals aren't out to get you - they just want to see how you will react and what kind of person you are.
Hatzlocha Rabah!!!


What do you mean I'm a selfish human being that talks about myself all the time! ;) :D I know what you mean its true about being oneself.

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Posted 02 January 2012 - 11:02 PM


What do you mean I'm a selfish human being that talks about myself all the time! ;) :D I know what you mean its true about being oneself.

your not selfish-that's the fun of it- you talk about yourself for 20 minutes and its not even considered selfish!!!

#8 jewgirl613

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Posted 15 January 2012 - 01:49 PM

I think most people already had their interviews but incase u didnt or for next years girls, I'll tell you a lil about mine.

Tomer Devorah-Asked me to read 2 pasukim, and then to read a rashi on the first pasuk. After I read the Rashi, the Rav asked me a thought provoking question on the Rashi. He wanted to hear my initial answer, but also told me that it was something for me to think about… The Rav also asked me what my favorite class was, and why, and to give an example of a lesson i learned in this class and how to apply it to my life. He also asked me the usual why do u want to go this seminary? what to do u want to gain from sem? and where else did u apply...

Darchei Binah- First the Rav discussed my school with me. Asked me where else i was applying to... and asked why I want to go to Darchei Binah. He read my essay to himself quickly and looked at my letter of reccomendation and then we discussed my essay. He made jokes to try to lighten the interview mood… He also asked me to read a pasuk and read 2 Rashis on that pasuk.

GOOD LUCK WITH INTERVIEWS!!!

#9 shifpifer1

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 09:16 PM

anyone going to Pninim? :wub: :rolleyes: :o :D