Hey Everyone! In addition to reading all about you through your high school transcript, your list of extracurricular activities, your recommendations, and your personal essays, many private colleges offer personal interviews as another way to learn about whether you would be a good fit at their school. These interviews are sometimes held at the admission office at the school, but since there isn’t time or resources to interview all applicants that way, most interviews are done by alumni of the school that live all around the country. That way, applicants can have an interview in the town where they live and don’t have to travel to the school. The alumni are familiar with the school and will let the admissions office know if they think you will be a good fit for the school after the interview.
The college interview probably isn't the most important part of your application, but it can help you if you make a good impression. A bad impression may hurt your chances of getting accepted. An interview is also an important way to let you ask questions about the college and make sure it has everything you are looking for as well.
Before a college interview it is important to prepare like you would for any interview. Here are some tips:
- Research the school- so you can be informed when answering questions
- Think about your responses- to common interview questions-so you can be prepared
- Give complete answers - don’t just answer “yew” or “no” to questions. They want to know as much about you as they can.
- Dress neatly- it shows you care about the interview and want to make a good impression
- Show interest- by asking questions about the school (that are well thought out and not easily found on the website.) They want to know that you want to go to their school.
- Don’t bring your parents into the room – talk with the interviewer by yourself, that way your parents won’t answer the questions for you.
Check out some common questions asked in college interviews by clicking here!
How do you feel about college interviews? Are you confident in your interviewing skills? Let me know in the comments!