- Read materials about the college you are visiting.
- Schedule an appointment.
- Get directions, and confirm your appointment. Arrive on time.
- Know whether the interview is evaluative or informational.
- Tour before your interview, if possible.
- Dress appropriately. Remember, first impressions are important.
- Be sure that you are not hungry, hot or angry before your interview.
- When the interviewer calls your name, greet him or her with a handshake and a smile.
- Introduce your parents or siblings, if they are with you.
The interview itself
- Be prepared to speak about yourself.
- Be prepared to ask questions about the college.
- Use a notebook or 3" by 5" card to remind you of key questions.
- Remember to use good posture and maintain appropriate eye contact.
- Use correct grammar.
- Avoid inappropriate language and "like," "you know" or "um."
- Take time to think before you answer questions.
- Exude confidence.
- Be yourself, not someone you think you are supposed to be.
Some questions you might be asked
- What are your goals and aspirations?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What classes are you taking in your senior year?
- How would your teachers describe you?
Some questions you might ask
- What makes this college unique?
- What are the most popular majors?
- What do students do on the weekends?
- What kind of internships and research opportunities are available?
- If your parents are invited to join the interview, suggest that they ask the same questions at each college.
- Decide in advance if you want your parents to ask if you are qualified for the college.
Using the interview to your best advantage
- Ask the interviewer about successful applications to the college and what yours should include.
- If you want to know how your qualifications match a particular college, you can ask your interviewer.
After the interview
- Write a short thank-you note to your interviewer immediately. Be sure to reference something specific from the interview.
- If you have a question that was not answered during the interview, include it in the note.