While college admissions interviews are not offered by every college and are almost never required, they can be very beneficial for students. Students who interview with a college are able to learn more about the college and the admissions department can get to know aspects of the student that not conveyed through other admissions materials.
An interview can prove to be advantageous for students when their application is being evaluated. However, for an interview to be an advantage, students must make a good impression. Below are college admission interview doís and doníts to help students be regarded positively:
Research the college
Before your interview, review the collegeís website and read news articles about the college. You want to be able to show the interviewer that you are really interested in the college.
Select nice clothing that is not wrinkled. Students should not wear tight clothes, overly baggy clothes, ripped clothes, short shorts, short skirts, or low-cut shirts.
Plan to arrive about 10 minutes early.
Turn off cell phone
Be sure that your cell phone and all other electronic devices are off and put it away. You do not want to have your phone ring (or vibrate) during an interview. If you have forgotten to turn it off and it rings, apologize and turn it off immediately; do not answer it. Never text or play games on your phone during an interview.
Sit up and look the interviewer in the eye. Address the interviewer appropriately (Mr., Ms., or Dr.). Say thank you when appropriate.
Speak clearly and correctly
Speak well in order for the interviewer to understand you and in order to show you can communicate maturely.
Show the interviewer that you are enthusiastic about the school and your education in general.
When the interview ends, thank the interviewer, give a strong handshake, and ask the interviewer for a business card.
Send a thank you note after the interview
Use the information from the business card to send the interviewer a thank you message. Thank the interviewer for his or her time. Try to remind them of something specific from the interview so you will be remembered.
Donít exaggerate or say anything during the interview that is not true.
Donít wear heavy cologne or perfume
If you wear a fragrance, apply it lightly. Heavy scents are distracting and unpleasant for many people. In addition, some people are allergic to fragrances.
Donít chew gum
Donít chew gum, suck on cough drops, eat, or have anything in your mouth during an interview.
Donít use inappropriate language
Never use curse words. Also, donít use slang or other nonstandard words such as "ginormous" or "flustrated."
Donít forget to ask questions
Prepare 2-3 questions about the college to ask at the end of the interview. Asking appropriate questions demonstrates to the interviewer that you are truly interested in the college and want to make an informed decision.
Participating in a college admissions interview can be an admissions advantage for students and it can help students gather more information to help them select a college. However, students have to make sure they present themselves positively for the interview to provide be greatest positive impact.