Interviews can be stressful, there is no doubt about it. The more prepared you are, the better your chances of leaving your interviewer with a favorable impression that will be noted in your application file. Here are a few tips that may help you deal with the situation.
Before the Interview
Be prepared to discuss yourself in a variety of ways by having answers for the questions you’ll be asked. Among the common questions are:
- What classes have the enjoyed the most in high school?
- Who was your favorite teacher? Why?
- What are your strengths? How about weaknesses?
- What do you like to do with your spare time?
- Describe a typical day in your life.
- What books have you read lately? How have they impacted you?
- Who would you consider to be the most influential person in your life? Why?
- What accomplishment have you achieved that you are most proud of?
- What activity do you enjoy and what have you learned from it?
- If you could change one thing about your high school years, what would it be?
- Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
Do your research about the college and be prepared to answer questions similar to these:
- What attracted you to this college?
- What about the school is most appealing to you?
- What other colleges are you applying at?
- Why do you want to attend this school more than the others?
- What unique qualities will you bring to the college environment?
During the Interview
- Arrive on time. Early is better than late so allow plenty of time to get there and park.
- Greet the interviewer with a firm handshake and introduce yourself and your parent(s).
- Dress appropriately because first impressions do count.
- Speak directly to the interviewer and be sure to make eye contact.
- Engage the interviewer in a conversation that will allow them to get to know you. Do not use one word answers and feel free to brag a little bit.
- Ask questions. Whether it’s about a particular program you are interested in, a sport you’d like to play or the college’s reputation, questions will show that you’ve done your homework and are truly interested.
After the Interview
- Write down important notes and follow up questions.
- Follow up immediately with a thank you note to the interviewer.