What are some tips for acing the college interview?

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What are some tips for acing the college interview?

Cat McManus
Assistant Dean of Admissions University of Pennsylvania

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Former Admissions Officer Columbia, Brown, and Wesleyan University

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Founder and CEO Ivy League Placement

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Chief Enrollment Officer Bryn Mawr

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Helen H. Choi
Owner Admissions Mavens


First -- relax. Take a deep breath, and try to be the best version of yourself. Don't try to be someone that you're not or try to be someone you think will impress your interviewer. Just be yourself. Second -- get to the interview five minutes early and bring a book. If you are on time, you are late. Third -- show respect for the school and interviewer's time by researching the school and asking thoughtful questions. Be sure to ask the interviewer (especially if he or she is an alum) about his or her experiences at the school!

Suzan Reznick
Independent Educational Consultant The College Connection

Be prepared!

Do your homework before the interview and be fully ready to answer that key question- WHY you want to attend College ABC. It might be a good idea to take a campus tour, before your interview, so that you can be very enthusiastic about their amazing new-library, science center, student center etc. Go on their website and be sure that they do indeed have the programs that you want. It might be embarrassing to tell an admissions officer that you want to attend their school because of their fine business program, when they do not offer Business! Dress as if you value the interview and your interviewer's time. No cell phones, baseball caps or gum-chewing. Do shake his/her hand, make eye contact and be sure to pick up their business card so that you can send them a thank-you note!

Susan Weber


Probably the best way you can be sure to keep things moving positively at your interview is to have prepared a few questions in advance. Take the time to perform detailed research about the school and its majors, clubs, etc. so that you can ask something based on your interests and accomplishments rather than a question addressed on the college's home page.

Phil Kerlee
Owner Kerlee & Associates

Be Prepared

I spent several years interviewing prospective students for MIT, and the one problem that consistently came out was the students not being ready to answer questions about themselves and their activities. Be sure you have a copy of your resume, transcript and test scores. Be prepared to address any weaknesses in your transcript, and more importantly, elaborate on your strengths. Activities are important. Not only what you did, but why you did it, and what you gained from it. Interviewers are looking for passion and curiosity. Know the school. Have a few questions ready for the interviewer. Show them you cared enough to do some basic research about the school, and how you would fit in. In general, interviewers are looking for reasons to say yes. This is often the only opportunity they have to put a face to the pile of grades, test scores, essays and recommendations that is dyour application file. Show them you are an interesting and engaging person.

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

An A+ Interview

Please be prepared for the interview. It isn't hard to find lists of potential questions. While answers shouldn't sound memorized, practicing is highly recommended. This includes having a few questions for them, requiring answers not easily found elsewhere. Show up on time, dress in business casual attire, use a firm handshake, make eye contact, and send a thank you note afterward. Try to remember that this is an opportunity to put a face on your application. Use this time to cover points not found on the papers in your file.

็Ž‹ๆ–‡ๅ› June Scortino
President IVY Counselors Network

bring your resume with you

do your home work is the key. let the interviewer know exactly why you are there. prepare to ask a few educated questions about the school. keep your answer short and sweet, keep your eye contact with the interviewer. do not wait for questions and time laps in between.