Top Tips For Outstanding College Interviews

Get ready and prepare for your college interviews. Both on-campus and alumni interviews allow you to discover more about the school, express your interests and share something about yourself that is not revealed in your transcript, test scores, essays and activities resume. Most schools offer, and some even require interviews, either on-campus or with interviewers at your school, or with alumni.

Schedule your on-campus admissions interview to fit in with other on-campus events you plan to attend such as an info session, tour, an athletic event or even a theatre production. For alumni interviews, check the school website to know whether an alum will contact you or if 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 passions 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. In’s About Education,  Allen Grove discusses 12 possible college interview questions and offers some helpful tips on how to prepare.

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!



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