Not every college offers admission interviews, but for those that give optional interviews, I always recommend scheduling an interview on campus if possible. This shows demonstrated interest and your interviewer can be a potentially valuable resource throughout the admissions process. Some colleges only have a limited number of interview appointments, so be sure to call and reserve a slot early in the admissions process.
Here is a list of college interview strategies so that you can make the most of your interview and use it to enhance your application:
- Before going to the interview, look over information about the university including information pertaining to your major.
- Review your personal essay and transcript (including your courses, extracurricular and volunteer activities).
- Think about any information you may want to add that is not included in your application. This is your opportunity to tell it!
- A poor interview can negatively impact your chance of acceptance. Be prepared, do your research, be enthusiastic.
- Have anywhere from three to five thoughtful questions ready to ask the interviewer about the college.
- Act interested, ask questions, ask for a business card from your interviewer, write a thank you note or e-mail, and stay in contact!
- Try to answer the questions in a positive way.
- Be prompt!
- Take your time responding and think before speaking. It is okay to pause.
Here are some questions to think about before going to the interview:
- Why are you interested in our college?
- What adjectives describe you?
- Who is your hero or who has had the greatest influence on you? Why?
- How do you describe success?
- Can you recommend a book or author to your interviewer? You should be able to give a brief synopsis of the book.
- What do you see yourself doing in the future?
- What is your greatest strength and greatest weakness?
- What would you change about your high school if you could?
- Does your academic record accurately represent you?
- What do you do in your free time?
- If you could repeat high school, what would you do differently?
- How do you deal with competition?
- What are your life goals?
- Are you happy with what you have done thus far?
- How would you describe your family?
- Make sure you are knowledgeable on the latest current events in case you are asked about them.
- What high school experience has had the biggest impact on you?
- Why do you want to go to college?
- Think about an obstacle you overcame.
- Who is your favorite fictional character?
In summary, the interview is your chance to show the admissions officer your enthusiasm for the school and add a face to your application. You have a chance to be more than just your transcript, test scores, extracurricular activities, and essays. Your personality, wit, charm, and passion can shine through. If you adequately prepare and follow the strategies, your interview should positively enhance your application for admission. If you need further assistance or guidance, please contact Pam at Helping Hand College Guidance.