I did the Skype interview on January 27th, and I think it went really well! Have you done any other college interviews (specifically any Ivy League ones)? Whereas those seem to be more fluid, there are definitely specific questions you will be asked here, and it will probably last 30 minutes or so. However specific the questions may be, though, you are certainly able to expand on them. I’m not sure if you’ll be asked the same exact questions I was, but incase you are, I won’t post them here verbatim (they like the spontaneity of it). Be prepared to talk about why you’re interested in Loyola and, as CA1543 states, be focused on what you want to do for the community. I would also be researched on your specific major program. Also be ready to elaborate on some specific community service/volunteering activities you’ve done, and why they’re important to you. The last question is really unusual, but they know that, and that’s the point of it. My interviewer (who was awesome) told me to just be comfortable with it, and to take a minute or more to think about my response before answering. And I don’t think you have to have the most elaborate or profound response; just something that reinforces you passions and academic or service goals. For me, it was a nice way to wrap up the interview, as I was able to incorporate multiple points that I talked about into this “closing statement” type response.
Considering whether is was easy or hard, there’s really a lot that rides on that. I thought it was pretty easy, as my interviewer was really cool and relaxed. Whether you do it in person or over Skype/phone, make sure you have a water bottle with you, as 30 minutes is a lot of time to be doing most of the talking. Also, at the end, your interviewer will likely ask if you have any questions for them about Loyola, and I would definitely think of a few to ask, because that seems to show deeper interest.
We did get to talking about the selection process a little, but I don’t have much detailed information. She said that they do award more than just one, but it doesn’t seem to be a set number they award; I guess it just depends on the year and the applicant pool. I know it’s a little outdated, but on their website, there’s an article detailing 9 scholarship recipients out of the 450+ that were considered. However, this article was published in August (only including those who were attending), so they likely awarded more scholarships to people who chose to go elsewhere.
Here is the link to that: http://www.loyno.edu/news/story/2013/8/27/3256
Hopefully this is helpful! Let me know if you have any other questions, and I’ll see if I can help. Best of luck to both of you! Make sure to let me know how it goes!