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Preparing for the Interview

 

Don't worry, most colleges don't require an interview! However, some colleges do, especially private ones. So here's some suggestions in case you need to get prepared for the big college interview:

  • Know the college. As with any good student, you need to do your homework. Visit their website, talk to alumni, learn the varsity teams, know what the college is famous for. You should appear informed about the college during the interview.

  • Impressions count. Make sure that you are dressed appropriately for the interview and that you greet the person with a firm handshake and eye contact. Those first impressions go a long way to setting the tone for the rest of the interview.

  • Practice makes perfect. Ask your counselor, parent or older sibling to help you practice being interviewed. Give them a set of questions to ask as if they are the admissions person and practice answering the questions.

  • Anticipate the questions and prepare your answers. Talk with your counselor or someone who has attended the college to find out what they types of questions they will probably ask. Prepare a list of these questions and then write down your answers.

  • Personalize your answers. Once you have prepared your answers to some likely questions, elaborate on your answers. Don't simply answer the questions, but be prepared to give personal examples and anecdotes with each answer.

  • Be ready to address your weaknesses. Chances are they will identify a certain weakness with your application. Be prepared to address this weakness in an honest and positive manner.

  • Have some questions prepared for them. You should have your own questions prepared on other things you would like to know about the college. These should be specific questions that the answers aren't obvious or found easily on their website.

  • Make the most of your closing comments. Summarize your strengths for the person. Tell them why you would really like to attend their college. And most importantly, ask for the acceptance.

  • Finally, relax. If you've prepared yourself for the interview, you'll be more relaxed. It's important to just be yourself and let your personality shine through.


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