How To Have A Great College Interview

The Dreaded interview – often times regarded as the most difficult part of the college application process. For one whole hour, you have to sit down with a college representative and clearly articulate your goals and aspirations in hope of him writing two kind words about you in his review. But as hard as it sounds, the interview can be a student’s one chance to shine. Come confident and prepared, and you’ll find that you’re answering questions with ease all while thoroughly impressing your interviewer. To make things easier, here are some tips for your next interview.

 

Be prepared to answer…

 

  1. Tell me a little bit about yourself?
  2. Why are you interested in attending this school?
  3. What are you thinking of as a possible major? Why?
  4. What is your greatest accomplishment
  5. Is there any course you have taken or project that you’ve completed that you’re particularly proud of?
  6. What do you see yourself doing in the future? Five years from now? Ten years from now?
  7. Of the books you have read this year, what was your favorite and why?
  8. How would you describe yourself to a stranger?
  9. What extracurricular activities are important to you?
  10. What is your worst fault?
  11. If you could interview someone (or have lunch with one special person), dead or alive, who would it be and what would be your first question you would ask them? Why?
  12. Who are your heroes and why?
  13. How would you spend $1 million dollars in 24 hours?
  14. What are your strengths?
  15. What is your definition of success?
  16. What did you do this past summer?
  17. Who has influenced you the most in your life?
  18. What makes you different from everyone else?
  19. What is your favorite extracurricular activity you take part in?
  20. What do you hope to learn in college?

 

Be prepared to ask at least three questions… (Note: Ask questions that cannot be answered by school brochures!)

 

  1. Why would you recommend this school?
  2. How would you describe life at this school?
  3. What are the most popular extracurricular activities on campus?
  4. What do students seem to like most about this school?
  5. If you could use one word to describe your academic career at this school, what would it be?

 

Final Interview Tips

  1. Practice, Practice, Practice
  2. Do your homework – be prepared and know something about the school before the interview!
  3. Know what kind of interview it will be (individual, group, multiple interviewers, etc.)
  4. Arrive 15 minutes early to your interview
  5. Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake
  6. Don’t be afraid to ask questions
  7. Dress conservatively!
  8. Be focused, enthusiastic, and confident
  9. Don’t be too nervous – it will make the interviewer uncomfortable
  10. Thank the interviewer for this opportunity
  11. Relax and have some fun with it

 

Don’t be afraid of the college interview – it can only help you in your admission and doesn’t carry all that much weight to it. Just walk in confidently, articulate yourself clearly, and you’re going to do great!

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