Smart Q & A: The College Admissions Interview
Aug25

Smart Q & A: The College Admissions Interview

QUESTION: What should students focus on when preparing for a college interview? ANSWER: From:  Jeannie Borin, M.Ed. , founder of College-Connections A few interview tips: The first FOUR minutes of the interview usually sets the tone. Get it right at the start, and it can go well. Have questions of your own, and make sure they are not obvious factual ones. Dress informally so you are comfortable, but not too informally (avoid jeans or flip-flops). Be punctual. There are no trick questions coming up; this is not an interrogation. Interviewers want to engage you in conversation – and – yes, they want you to be comfortable. Don’t talk too much. Catch yourself and stop. Think internally for a few seconds before responding to questions. Remain conscious of your body language and don’t play with your hair or you’re your nails – You may be nervous – but don’t act it. Have thoughts about the last book that you liked; the last film, favorite website, magazines you read and tell the truth. Students should be able to articulate what it is about them that makes them a good fit with that particular school. Also, be prepared to speak intelligently about what you’ve done for/in any groups in which you participate. If you have time, a thank-you note (or email) is appropriate! Bring a resume in case it’s requested. The #1 thing I advise students about is to be prepared to thoughtfully discuss their academic preparation and achievement record. Jeannie is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (ICEA). Related Reading For College-Bound Students: How to Improve Your Chances of Admission when Wait-Listed The 5 Biggest Mistakes in College Admissions Essays College Tour Tip: Schedule Department Meetings Two Weeks in...

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Top 10 Tips for Dressing Smart for your College Admissions Interview
Feb07

Top 10 Tips for Dressing Smart for your College Admissions Interview

Dressing appropriately for a college admissions interview is a smart way to show respect for the official that will be meeting with you.

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