Are there things a student should never say during a college interview?
When preparing for a college interview, students never know what to expect and that makes sense because you never do know what to expect from an interview. All interviewers are different, has their own style and may test you in ways that you never thought of. Best thing that any student can do is to maintain their composure at all times and make sure that anything they say or do or any way they behave that they wouldn’t mind the entire board of admission seeing or hearing that interview as a whole. For example, if an interviewer for any reason start cursing, that does not give the student license to curse as well. So therefore,if that’s not something that you deem appropriate then you certainly do not partake in that.
And another thing students do during interviews are ask questions that are answered everywhere in the college literature. Even in this age of technology, colleges seem to be producing countless numbers of books and publications about their college and have a statistics and everything they can possibly front to try to get the best candidates to apply. Make sure you read those before the interview and make sure you don’t ask any of the questions that are already answered within that literature. All that does is show the interviewer that you have not done your homework and therefore you don’t care enough about the school to do your homework about the school before the interview.
Next is a student asserts that he or she is very passionate about any subject. It’s best to make sure that you can back that up with examples and that you’re on top of anything having to do with that particular subject. For example, once a student mentioned how interested she was in politics and an interviewer then asked her a rather obscure question that one would – anyone who would be as interested as she claimed to be in politics would know the answer to. This occured during a political race. The interviewer happened to read the newspaper that morning and happened to pick up a few facts about what was going on and casually mentioned it to the student and in that case the student was able to appropriately answer or respond to the interviewer’s query. Make sure you know what you’re talking about.
Finally, perhaps the worst thing a student can do during an interview is not ask questions. Asking questions shows interest. If a student cannot think of anything to ask about a school, then that means they’re not thinking about the school. Obviously, they can’t possibly be experts of that school, therefore there you can’t know everything there is to know about that school, therefore they must have questions about something. The best thing students can do is to make sure that they go into an interview equipped with piqued curiousity and lots of questions and make sure they that get some answered during an interview. So yes, definitely, students should sensor themselves to some extent during interviews and be careful about what they say.