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What are some tips for acing the college interview?

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As part our College Q & A guide, we decided to ask your questions to the  experts. Here are their answers

Kristina Dooley Independent Educational Consultant Estrela Consulting

Interviews vary from school to school but there are some important things to remember no matter where you are interviewing: 1) The interview should be a conversation. No interviewer wants to just fire questions at you without any kind of dialogue. Make sure you are prepared to back up your responses with more than just “because”; 2) You should be ready to ask some questions, too! By asking questions about the school you are demonstrating your genuine interest in the school and its offerings; 3) Dress appropriately! This doesn’t mean you need to buy a tux or a new evening gown but remember that you only have one chance to make a first impression…you need to decide what you’d like that impression to be; 4) Finally, make sure to thank the person interviewing you both before you leave and then perhaps a quick email or letter when you get home.

Tam Warner Minton Consultant College Adventures

Interviews vary from school to school but there are some important things to remember no matter where you are interviewing: 1) The interview should be a conversation. No interviewer wants to just fire questions at you without any kind of dialogue. Make sure you are prepared to back up your responses with more than just “because”; 2) You should be ready to ask some questions, too! By asking questions about the school you are demonstrating your genuine interest in the school and its offerings; 3) Dress appropriately! This doesn’t mean you need to buy a tux or a new evening gown but remember that you only have one chance to make a first impression…you need to decide what you’d like that impression to be; 4) Finally, make sure to thank the person interviewing you both before you leave and then perhaps a quick email or letter when you get home.Be friendly, be yourself. Dress appropriately (no halter tops or saggy jeans). Mind your manners, but you don’t have to be overly formal. (Be sure to send a thank you note once you return home!) PREPARE. Learn about the school; about the majors; about special programs. Go into the interview prepared to ask intelligent questions. Doing your homework will be impressive, and will help you get to know the college’s personality.

Pruden Head of Upper School, College Counselor, Ravenscroft School

Regardless of the nature of the interview, it always offers an opportunity for an applicant to make a good impression. Regardless of the approach, an applicant should come prepared, ready to talk about themself and the school—and how they might well come together in the future. Be ready to discuss the things that matter to you and about the aspects of the school that have drawn you to it. If you are truly being interviewed then you may have a chance to expand on some of the things you have previously shared in your application. Share your passion. If you are given an opportunity to ask question don’t ask the obvious—things that you could have learned through even a cursory look at the website. Go beyond that, ask about things that reflect your existing depth of understanding as well as your curiosity. Show yourself to be a thoughtful individual who will be a positive addition to the school community.


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