Interview Questions

Questions you can expect during your Visa Interview


Congratulations! You have been accepted to Manhattan Institute of Management.


We know that students, who like to study in the US do not have it easy. But now, after you have been accepted to MIM, focus on your US Embassy Interview.


Your visa interview will be held in English, which can be intimidating for those that use English as a second language. Not only will you need to ensure that you attend the interview with all of the required documentation, you need to be prepared to answer specific, personal questions regarding your plans for study and stay in the US. Knowing what questions to expect can be a huge advantage!


Most questions will be related to these 5 categories:

Your study plans
Your university choice
Your academic capability
Your financial status
Your post-graduation plans


Please find below some sample questions that you should be able to answer when attending the interview. You can also click on the video on the right to see how the interview process at the US Embassy usually looks like.



Questions About Your Study Plans

  • Why are you going to the US?
  • What will you specialize in for your degree?
  • What will be your major?
  • Where did you go to school now?
  • Who is your current employer? What do you do?
  • Why are you planning to continue your education?
  • Can you not continue your education in your home country?
  • How will this study program relate to your past work or studies?

Questions About Your University Choice

  • How many colleges did you apply to?
  • How many schools did you get admitted to?
  • How many schools rejected you?
  • Have you been to the US before?
  • Do you know your professors at that university? What are their names?
  • What city is your school located in?



Questions About Your Academic Capability

  • What are your test scores (GRE, GMAT, SAT, TOEFL, IELTS)?
  • What was your previous GPA?
  • How will you manage the cultural and educational differences in the US?
  • How good is your English?
  • Why do you want to pursue a degree in the US?
  • Why not study in Canada, Australia or the UK?
  • What do you know about US schools?
  • Can I see your high school/college diploma?



Questions About Your Financial Status

  • What is your monthly income?
  • What is your sponsor’s annual income?
  • How do you plan to fund the entire duration of your education?
  • How much does your school cost?
  • How will you meet these expenses?
  • Who is going to sponsor your education?
  • What is your sponsor’s occupation?
  • How else will you cover the rest of your costs?
  • Do you have a copy of your bank statements?
  • Did you get offered a scholarship at your school?
  • Can I see your tax returns?



Questions About Your Post-Graduate Studies

  • Do you have relatives or friends currently in the US?
  • What are your plans post-graduation?
  • Do you have a job or career in mind after you graduate
  • Do you plan on returning back to your home country?
  • What are your plans after graduation?
  • Are you sure you won’t stay in the US?
  • Will you continue to work for your current employer after you graduate?*



*Question Source:

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