The College Workout

Five Tips for a Successful Admissions Interview

Amy Jasper Thursday, September 18, 2014

  1. Research the school. You should know all of the basics: size, location, majors of interest to you, ways you want to become involved on campus, etc.
  2. Practice eye contact in the mirror. Admissions interviews are designed for the interviewer to get to know you, not to scare you. It's a conversation. Be thoughtful and comfortable when answering questions. 
  3. Silence your cell phone and spit out your gum.
  4. Greet your interviewer with a confident handshake and smile. 
  5. Have your own questions. For example, you may ask an admissions officer: "What were political, social, or academic issues that concerned students last year?  How did the administration react?" If it's an alumni interviewer: "How did your experiences at University X shape your career and life experiences after graduation?"

 

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