The College Interview. Depending on where you’re applying to college, the interview can be a big part of being accepted. It can also be the most intimidating part.
Have no fear! We can help you out with advice on how to impress that admissions counselor with your stellar scholastic skills and stay cool in the process.
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Most interviewers ask similar questions to prospective students.
So if you’re going on more than one interview, the good news is you probably only need to prepare once. Just make sure to have a different answer for “Why do you want to attend this school?”
You have to wear a suit to impress the admissions counselor at your interivew.
While you certainly should dress to impress, most admissions counselors dont expect you to to be dressed to the nines to meet with them. Plus, offices are more casual these days, so stay away from jeans and flip flops and you should be fine.
Being on time is key to impressing the admissions officer.
This is one little detail that can go a long way to annoying someone if you don’t do it right. Admissions officers are busy. One student being five minutes late can put them behind for the rest of the day. However, if you really, truly, can’t make it to your interview on time, call as soon as you realize you’re going to be late and see if you can reschedule or the counselor can squeeze you in late.
If you want to go to a particular school, you HAVE to go and visit and have an interview to be accepted.
College admissions couselors know that travel is expensive, and they don’t expect you to come to them simply to be accepted. One option if you live far from the school you’d like to attend is to find an alumni living nearby who you could meet with. They could share information about the school with you.
You need to have an exact plan for what you want to study and what kind of career you’d like during your interview.
While some students know exactly what they want to do from day one, many enter college to study liberal arts or science and get into the specifics later. Admisisons officers know that young people often change their minds during their years at school, and it’s ok to explore a few options before choosing what to study.
You should leave your parents at the cafeteria during your interview.
Even though your mom or dad might be with you at your school visit, and they might want to say hello to your admissions counselor before the meeting, they should definitely not be in the interview with you. Admissions counselors want you to go their school, not your parents.
It’s a good idea to follow up after the interview with a note.
Old fashioned as it may sound, sending a quick follow-up to let the admissions officer know you’re still interested in their school and that you enjoyed meeting them (provided this is the case, of course). You’ll probably get bonus points if you send a handwritten note, not an email.
If you bomb your interview, there’s no chance you’re getting into that school.
While it’s true that the interview is important, it’s just a part of your whole college application. So if you said something silly during your interview, or you didn’t feel it went as well as you’d hope, dont worry. It probably wasn’t as bad as you thought, and admissions counselors are used to talking with people who are probably far more nervous than you.