Is the interview required?
schools don't require an admissions interview. It is usually private schools or
highly competitive public schools that even offer the opportunity.
What is the purpose of the interview?
The interview provides the admissions
committee yet another piece of information with which to evaluate you. If they
have a tough decision between a bunch of candidates with good SAT scores,
excellent high school records, etc, they may use the results of an admissions
interview to make their final choice.
How can I do well at my interview?
"Why do you want to attend our school?"
and "Why should our school want you as a student?"
Doing your research will also help you prepare to ask questions of the
interviewer. This isn't a one sided thing. While they are deciding whether you
are a good choice for their school you need to be deciding whether their school
is a good choice for you.
Practice answering questions
Try a mock interview with a friend or family member. Here are some questions
that frequently are asked:
- Why do you want to go to this college?
- What is your greatest accomplishment?
- Where do you envision yourself in ten years?
- What books have you read in the last year?
Don't forget to smile
Smile at the interviewer, they
will automatically feel more comfortable about you. Smiling will also put some
of your nerves at ease and will help you relax.
Common Interview Mistakes:
Repeating canned answers
You may want to prepare for your interview by practicing what you'd say
if asked certain questions. But, if you're asked these questions, don't just
rattle off a canned answer. Try to sound natural, not like you're reciting the
Short or confusing answers
Yes/no answers won't cut it. Give the interviewer an honest
response with some elaboration. Don't ramble on and on but don't be so short
that you sound like you're being blunt and couldn't care less.
What to wear
Dress neatly and professionally. Don't show up with a ton of jewelry,
perfume/cologne, and a fancy outfit on. Act like you're going to a job
When the interview is over thank the interviewer for their time and for the
opportunity of meeting them. If you don't have their address or contact
information ask for their business card. When you get home send them a thank-you
letter. Don't make your letter sound canned or like you're trying to apologize
for anything you might have said. Just send a short letter thanking them for