Most schools offer and some schools require on-campus and alumni interviews. Interviews present an opportunity to discover more about the school, express your interest and share something about yourself that is not revealed through your transcript and resume.
Schedule your on-campus admissions interview to fit in with other on-campus events you plan to attend. Check the school website to know whether an alum will contact you or if you are responsible for scheduling an interview. When the time comes for your interview, arrive a few minutes early, dress appropriately, turn off your cell phone, shake hands, make eye contact and be confident. After the interview, remember to send a thank you note.
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. Share your passions and talk about what you like to do in your free time. In About.com College Admissions, Allen Grove discusses the frequently asked interview question “Tell Me About Yourself,” and offers some helpful tips.
The interview is your opportunity to learn about things that are not available on the college website. Think of a few questions in advance. This is your chance to get a feel for the the school’s personality and determine whether you are a good fit. Share how you see yourself fitting into their college community.
Most importantly, be yourself–the goal is to find a school that’s right for you!