How to prepare for successful college interviews

Research, then practice, practice, practice!

 

The first and foremost task at hand is to research the college, since your interviewer will expect you to arrive prepared with detailed knowledge of their school. This is the perfect time to utilize your Google skills and explore the depths of their college website. Meanwhile, do not forget to review your college application as well, as you are also expected to be well-versed on your activities, essays, and anything that you have on your application.

 

Here are some questions that your interviewer may ask you:

 

  • Why are you passionate about your major?

  • What are you looking for in your college experience?

  • Which activity (inside/outside the classroom) is most important to you, and how have you contributed?

 

As you prepare for your interview, be sure to practice answering interview questions aloud. We highly encourage you to practice in front of a mirror or in front of family and friends; they may give you advice on how to improve in ways you may not notice yourself. It may even help to write down your responses as you practice, but do not make it sound too rehearsed. Remember, while this is an opportunity for a college to get to know you, it is also your opportunity to know if a college is a good fit for yoube prepared with questions you want to ask your interviewer. 

 

On the day of the interview:

  • Dress in professional attire.

  • Have your resume at hand.

  • Arrive early!

 

Relax, smile, and let your personality shine.