Who conducts the college interviews?

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Who conducts the college interviews?

Helen H. Choi
Owner Admissions Mavens

Staff and Alumni

At some schools, the staff of the admissions officers (which can sometimes include current students) conduct the interviews on campus. At most other others, interviews (particularly off-campus interviews) are conducted by alumni. Most of the alumni attend training and information sessions prior to interviewing prospective applicants.

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?

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.

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.

Dr. Bruce Neimeyer
CEO/Partner Global College Search Associates, LLC

Who conducts the college interviews?

There can be various individuals that are responsible for the admissions interview. For a large number of schools this is typically handled by admissions personnel. For other schools, they will train alumni to do the interviews and can then offer them in various geographical locations that are convenient for the students. Other schools commission the faculty or personnel from the dean's office to handle interviews. In this instance, the colleges themselves are typically reviewing and rendering the admissions decisions.

Tam Warner Minton
Consultant College Adventures

Who conducts the college interviews?

Generally speaking, an admissions rep from the college does the interview. Colleges have admissions representatives who have certain territories around the country, the admission rep who handles your state or "area" will usually be the one you will chat with. Sometimes a very selective college or university will offer alumni interviews. I've heard great things about some alumni interviews, but I've also heard some horror stories about how rude the alum was, how conceited, etc. If you do an alumni interview, be enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the college.

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!

Kristina Dooley
Independent Educational Consultant Estrela Consulting

Who conducts the college interviews?

Depending on the school, interviews can be conducted by any number of people associated with the school. On-campus interviews are typically done by a member of the admission staff or an upperclass student. This is important to know as many students are surprised to walk in and find themselves being interviewed by a current student. However, being interviewed by a student gives you an opportunity to ask questions of someone who was in your shoes just a few years prior. Off-campus interviews are often conducted by alumni who are living in your region. If you aren't able to travel to campus for an interview, and are not sure if there are alumni interviews in your city, contact the office of admission and see if there might be someone available with whom you could meet.

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.