The interview<br />How to Ace a College Admission Interview<br />
The Basics<br />College Board says:A college interview is a chance to show that you're more than just test scores and grades. <br />It’s an exchange of information — you learn about the college and the college learns about you. <br />Not every college requires an interview: it may be mandatory, optional or not offered at all.<br />
Types of Interviews<br />Surprise, surprise, interviews vary depending on the college. You could…<br />Interview with an admissions officer, another student, a department chair, or an alumnus. <br />Interview anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour.<br />Participate in a less formal group interview or information session. <br />Audition or interview for a specific program such as drama or dance.<br />
Why Interview?<br />Though most colleges don’t require an interview, there are benefits to meeting someone face-to face.<br />You can show your interest in attending.<br />You are able to convey what you would bring to the campus and community. <br />You can learn more about the college’s programs and opportunities. <br />You are able to explain specifics about your application.<br />
Showcase Yourself<br />In an interview, don’t worry about “tooting your own horn.” Colleges want to see the best side of yourself.<br />Talk positively about yourself and your experiences that make you a good candidate. <br />Be enthusiastic! <br />
Speak about Special Circumstances<br />Don’t be embarrassed to reveal personal information in an interview if it is relevant to your collegiate success. <br />For example:<br />If you had a traumatic experience in high school that caused your grades to drop, discuss it. <br />If you struggle with a particular subject but have proof of your perseverance, show it.<br />If you have a disability that affects performance, mention it.<br />
Tips and Tricks<br />Be on time. <br />Don’t bring your parents. <br />Be polite, but act naturally.<br />Don’t memorize a speech, have a conversation.<br />Dress professionally.<br />Tell the truth.<br />Be confident, but not arrogant. <br />Express interest in the college, do research ahead of time.<br />
Ask questions.<br />Asking questions shows that you are listening and interested in what the other person has to say. <br />Come to the interview with questions prepared, and make notes of others you think of as you’re talking. <br />Let your questions show what you’re interested in which will give the interviewer insight into your personality.<br />
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