Who conducts the college interviews?

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Who conducts the college interviews?

Nancy Milne
Owner Milne Collegiate Consulting

Interviewing with who?

Interviews fall into two categories: informative and evaluative. Along with that, they may be conducted by admissions staff, alumni, faculty, or even students. Some interviews occur on campus, others via phone and some even use Skype. My personal preference is with an admissions representative, whether on campus or when in the area. Face to face is always preferable to worrying about the logistics of technology. An interview is just another opportunity to add another dimension to your application, so why wouldn't you?

王文君 June Scortino
President IVY Counselors Network

admissions counselors and network of graduates

if you are planning to be interviewed on campuse during the visit or tour, you will be interviewed by the admisisons counselor. if you are notified by letter after you submitted your application, you will be interviewed most likely by the selected graduates from the school.

Corey Fischer
President CollegeClarity

A variety of people

Admission Officers, Faculty, Alumni, and Student Interviewers are the most common. Sometimes colleges will use other administrators, and even parents of students.

Laura O'Brien Gatzionis
Founder Educational Advisory Services

Who conducts the college interviews?

Who will your interviewer be? This depends on the mandate and the manpower of the college. It may be an admissions officer and I strongly suggest you try to arrange an interview either at the admissions office during your college visit or with an officer visiting your high school if possible. Some schools simply do not offer interviews with their admissions officers and depend on alumni interviewers. Some of the interviewers have been well trained and are very experienced and some may be new volunteers. A few schools even have student interviewers--usually for informative interviews. Often you can find out information on the interviews from the admissions page of the college website.

Bill Pruden
Head of Upper School, College Counselor Ravenscroft School

The Interviewer: It May be More about them Than about You

Who conducts interviews? It varies widely. The most common interviewers are members of the admission staff who conduct them either on campus or when they are visiting schools. The other major pool of interviewers is alumni. Given the far flung nature of modern admissions and the limited staff resources alumni interviews are increasingly common. At the same time, in most cases the whole alumni interview process is really more about alumni relations than admissions, and on occasion alumni interviews become trips down memory lane. Indeed, while they serve to keep the alums involved and feeling a part of things, but in most cases they have had not training and there are few formal guidelines so in the end they little or no impact on the school’s perception of the applicant. Regardless of your interviewer, do the best you can to show your interests and why you would be good fit at the school.

Reena Gold Kamins
Founder College, Career & Life, LLC.

Lots of options for college interviews.

Who conducts your college interview varies. If you are interviewing off-campus, it will most likely be with an alumni interviewer. These are graduates of the school who volunteer their time to meet with prospective students. Some counselors will also conduct interviews while they are "on the road" recruiting. If you have an interview on campus, it could be with an admission counselor, an alum, or a student volunteer. It is different at each school. Most schools are pretty clear about their interview policies, and you can generally find this information on their website.

Pamela Hampton-Garland
Owner Scholar Bound

Who conducts the college interviews?

Typically former attendees at the ivies who live near the potential students home.

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

Who conducts the college interviews?

On campus - students, admissions personnel, admissions higher ups/ Off campus - alums and all of the above Learn how to get an on campus interview when the college doesn't give them! That can be the coup de gras in the admissions process!

Scott Herrmann-Keeling
College Counselor

Who conducts the college interviews?

Interviews can be conducted by students, admission officers, or alumni representatives. Regardless of who's conducting your interview, your job is to be professional. Don't assume that because you're talking to a student you have permission to be less formal. Student interviewers are frequently the toughest judges. They're the ones best able to answer the questions like "Would I want to be this applicant's roommate?" and admissions officers value that feedback.

Sarah Contomichalos
Manager Educational Advisory Services, LLC

Who conducts the college interviews?

It varies by institution. Some colleges give campus interviews by admissions officers or students and others offer off campus alumni interviews. You need to check the individual college websites.