Most schools offer and some schools require on-campus and alumni interviews. Don’t pass on the opportunity to have an admissions or alumni interview. Interviews allow you 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— info session and tour, a sports games or theatre production. For alumni interviews, check the school website to know whether an alum will contact you or if you are responsible for scheduling 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, share your passions and talk about what you like to do in your free time. In About.com College Admissions, Allen Grove discusses 12 possible college interview questions and offers some helpful tips on how to prepare.
When the time comes 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 determine whether you are a good fit. Share how you see yourself as a member of their college community.
Most importantly, be yourself–the goal is to find a school that’s right for you!