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Interviews Tips

Interviews Tips

By Ann Fleming Brown, Director of Admissions


  • 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?

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.