Questions that seem easy, but are actually potential pitfalls, are first and foremost the dreaded ‘Tell me about yourself’. The reason why this is a difficult question every time again is that – when put on the spot – we hesitate and wonder whether we – in answering it - are either too boasty or too shy or maybe sound contrived.
The best advice to handle this specific question well, is to be as genuine as you dare to be and to add some humour to the description of your strengths and weaknesses. You may say for example what your friends say about you and you can also mention things you enjoy doing (as this is a metaphor for ‘I am good at'…). Do remember that such subtleties are lost on our US interviewers, whom will expect an explicit list of things you are amazing at. What you may consider as ridiculous showing off is in fact much appreciated by American interviewers.
For example in the UK you might say ‘I enjoy playing tennis and I am in the school’s C team’. In the US people would think you are kidding, but if – instead - you would say ‘I enjoy playing tennis and I am consistently in the top 15% of all players at school’ it sounds much more convincing.
Other questions that could be expected:
‘why do you want to come here (to this school, to this course, to this university’ and ;
‘what do you think you can contribute’ (to this school, job, university).
These questions can be prepared by researching the place you are trying to get into and why you think you do want this. Sometimes we are so busy preparing what others might want to hear, that we forget what we would like ourselves and what is important to us.