The college interview process can be nerve-racking. This interview gives the college you’re applying to another opportunity to test you and help determine whether to offer you admission. However, your college interviews won’t be nearly as scary if you know what to expect.
A college interview provides a college with an opportunity to give you more information about the school and answer questions. In addition, the interview gives the college a chance to learn more about you, your interests, and how you’ll be able to contribute to the school.
For many applicants, the prospect of meeting face-to-face with an admissions officer can be daunting. But it doesn’t have to be. With good preparation and a sound understanding of the process, you can ace your interview and leave a positive, lasting impression with your potential colleges. Our college interview tips will help you get prepped for the big day.
Know Your Stuff: Before you go to any interview, you need to do your research. While you won’t be asked about specific academic knowledge, you will speak specifically about the college and how it relates to your interests and aspirations.
Anticipate Common Interview Questions: Reviewing a list of common interview questions and having your responses ready would be helpful. There might include common staple questions like:
Why are you interested in this college?
What are your academic strengths?
What do you plan to be doing five years from now?
Practice: When it comes to practicing for an interview, there are several approaches, but the more realistic you can make it, the better prepared you’ll be. Practising your responses in front of a mirror can be more helpful.
Be Your (Best) Self: It’s better to keep to the aspects of yourself that apply to your college application. Who are you as a student, a friend, and a member of the community? Be yourself, be personable, but don’t let your guard down so much that you may offend or deter your interviewer.
Recommended dress code: Well ironed full sleeve shirt (preferably plain white or light), dark trousers, shoes. Short, trimmed hair. If no specific information is given about attire for the interview, you can assume that you should dress in polished clothing, but clothing is comfortable.
Ask Questions:You should also prepare a list of a few questions you’d like to ask the interviewer. Asking questions at the end of the interview reinforces the fact that you’ve done your research and that you’re truly interested in the school. You can ask questions about specific programs, study abroad opportunities, or even campus traditions. In general, show that you’re curious and enthusiastic about the school. Avoid questions about your chances of admission, rankings, and reputation. Focus on opportunities, programs, and school culture.
Finally, it’s important to realize that your admissions rep is just as eager to impress you as you are to impress her. So, relax and use your college interview as an opportunity to enter great conversation, learn more about your prospective school, and your intangible awesomeness is certain to shine through. Put in the time and remember, the interview process is not about luck; luck is just when preparation meets opportunity.