College Interviewing Tips

Most schools offer, and some even require interviews, with admission reps and/or with alum. Interviews are just one small piece of the application process, but they are a great opportunity for you to get to know more about the school and also to introduce yourself. Share something that isn’t revealed in your application and give your interviewer a reason to support your application.

Here are some tips to help you prepare:

  • Confirm with each school whether interviews with Admissions are required. If so, schedule your interview as soon as possible, as slots fill up quickly.
  • Many schools also offer or even require alumni interviews which can be confirmed on school websites or with Admissions. Don’t miss a chance to interview— confirm whether an alum will reach out or if you are responsible for scheduling the interview.
  • Your interviewer will have reviewed your transcript and activities resume prior to your meeting. This is an opportunity to share your interests and why you want to join the campus community to help them build a well-rounded entering class of qualified students.
  • Prepare for your interviews. Start by looking through the website to learn more about the school. Be prepared to talk about yourself: share what you do in your free time, explain why you’d like to attend, and talk about what you hope to achieve at that particular school. 
  • This is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn more about what’s unique about the school and what it has to offer. It’s a good idea to have some questions ready. Just make sure that they are not questions that can easily be answered online.
  • Practice by role playing with a parent, sibling or friend.
  • This is also an opportunity to bring up anything that needs explaining, like a temporary drop in grades.
  • First impressions are important. Make sure to be on time, dress appropriately, pick a quiet spot and be confident. Most important, be authentic.

After the interview, don’t forget send a thank you note and respond to any requests for information promptly.

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