Interviews Tips

By Ann Fleming Brown, Director of Admissions

    Preparation

    • 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.

    Greeting

    • 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?

    About parents

    • 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.