How can having a theme song help ace the college interview?

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How can having a theme song help ace the college interview?

Tam Warner Minton
Consultant College Adventures

How can having a theme song help ace the college interview?

If you have a theme song, the theme is probably YOU, what type of person you are, what you like to do, what you want to do. It can remind you of who you are. Truthfully, I've never had a student with a "theme song" (at least not one you could tell an interviewer about!), but it could certainly be helpful, particularly for students interested in the arts.

Bill Pruden
Head of Upper School, College Counselor Ravenscroft School

How can having a theme song help ace the college interview?

Unless you are looking to be a music major or planning to go into advertising, such an effort is far more apt to undermine your effort than to help you ace the interview. Indeed, such an effort is apt to come off sophomoric and gimmicky. While your musical skills—and perhaps an element of creativity--might be showcased through such an effort, they can probably be best highlighted through other means. Rather, you should remember that the interview is a forum that offers an opportunity for an applicant to add a human dimension to the other more sterile parts of the application. Don’t let yourself be obscured by a gimmick.

Lynda McGee
College Counselor Downtown Magnets High School

How can having a theme song help ace the college interview?

This just sounds a little on the weird side. The main problem is that it sounds gimmicky, and finding the best college for you is too important to treat like a game show. I would stay far away from this kind of thing. It could really turn off your interviewer.

Claire Law

How can having a theme song help ace the college interview?

It' s important for students to understand whether the college is offering them an "informative" interview OR an "evaluative" interview. The most selective colleges typically have their alumni conduct interviews with students. If everything looks great on paper in the admission office, an interview may be granted. Students should realize this is going to be an "evaluative" interview. They should be prepared to put their best foot forward and have a theme song that is consistent with who they are. Best advice: be yourself!

Reecy Aresty
College Admissions/Financial Aid Expert & Author Payless For College, Inc.

How can having a theme song help ace the college interview?

If the interviewer is a frustrated tenor perhaps! At least they could do a sing-a-long with you. It's a little different if you're having an audition to enter the College of Music.

Scott Herrmann-Keeling
College Counselor

How can having a theme song help ace the college interview?

That's an interesting question. I can think of two ways having a theme song can help. First, if your theme song is one you can turn to for strength or inspiration internally, or somehow use as a mnemonic that can't hurt. Second, if you're willing to sing it for your interviewer, you can be pretty sure you'll be remembered.

Benjamin Caldarelli
Partner Princeton College Consulting, LLC

How can having a theme song help ace the college interview?

The same way that politicians use talking points to get across what they want regardless of the question asked, students who convey a consistent message can control what the interviewer records, however it may also backfire in the same way as when a politician comes off as unresponsive or evasive.