While interviews are just one small piece of the interview process we think interviews are a great opportunity for a student to get to know more about the school and also to introduce themselves and share something that isn’t revealed in their application. So, it’s a good idea to prepare. Not all school offer interviews, but some schools require them, either on-campus or with interviewers who will visit their high school.
Schedule your on-campus admissions interview. Interview slots are often limited, so once you know that you plan to apply to a school, you should schedule your interview as soon as possible. Many schools also offer or require alumni interviews. Check the school website to know whether an alum will contact you or if they you are responsible for requesting an interview.
Interviewers want to get a sense of who you are and what you will bring to the campus community. The goal of the admissions office is to build a qualified, well-rounded entering class. Remember, the person interviewing you is already familiar with your transcript and activities resume. They are looking for something more.
Get ready for your interview by reading through the school’s website. The interview is your opportunity to show that you’ve done your homework and also to learn about things that are not available online. Think of a few questions in advance, plan to share your interests and talk about what you like to do in your free time. Talk about how you see yourself as a member of their college community. Ask a parent, sibling or friend to role play to allow you to practice. Remember to avoid slang and offensive language. This is also your chance to bring up anything in your record that you’d like to explain, like a temporary drop in your grades.
It’s time for your interview… arrive a few minutes early, dress appropriately, turn off your cell phone, spit out your gum, shake hands, make eye contact and be confident.
During your interview, try to relax and keep in mind this meeting is a chance for both parties to get acquainted and see if this is a good fit.
After the interview, remember to send a thank you note.
This is your chance to get a feel for the the school’s personality and decide whether you’re a good fit. Most importantly, be yourself–the goal is to find a school that’s right for you!