Get ready to prepare for your college interviews! 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. Most schools offer, and some even require interviews, either on-campus or with interviewers at your school, or with alumni.
Here are some tips to help you prepare:
Schedule your interviews
Once you’ve decided to apply to a school, schedule your interview as interview slots are often limited. Many schools also offer or require alumni interviews. Check the school website to know whether an alum will contact you or if you are responsible for requesting an interview.
The goal of the admissions office is to build a well-rounded entering class of qualified students. Your interviewer has already reviewed your transcript and activities resume. This is your opportunity to share what interests you and why you want to join their campus community.
Get ready for your interview
Do some research. Look through the school’s website to learn more about the school. Be prepared to talk about yourself: what you do in your free time, what differentiates this school and why you’d like attend, what you hope to achieve at their school. This is also your opportunity to ask questions and learn more about specifics about the school that are not easily conveyed online. Think of a few questions in advance. Practice by asking a parent, sibling or friend to role play. 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.
Its time for your interview
Arrive a few minutes early, dress appropriately, turn off your cell phone, shake hands, make eye contact and be confident. Most important, be yourself.
Try to relax and keep in mind this meeting is a chance for both you and your interviewer to get acquainted and see if this is a good fit.
After the interview
Remember to send a thank you note or respond to any requests for information.