Who conducts the college interviews?

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Our counselors answered:

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?

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.

Rana Slosberg
Owner Slosberg College Solutions LLC


The college interview is typically conducted by admissions personnel or by alumni.

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.

Mollie Reznick
Associate Director The College Connection

Who conducts the college interviews?

College interviews are most often conducted by admissions officers. Often times though, the admissions office will have student admissions fellows who are seniors who will interview prospective students. You also could have an interview scheduled with an alumni interviewer in your area (these can be useful if the school you are applying to is far away.)

Patricia Aviezer
President Inside Track To College, Inc.

Who Are You?

Interviews are becoming less and less common among colleges as part of the college selection process. Then who requires an interview? Colleges who view a candidate holistically are especially interested in the interview process as part of admissions. For a quick list, most Ivy's and first tier schools will require an interview, others may leave it as optional or not offer an interview at all. You need to read the admissions requirements and procedures carefully since, if an interview is required, there are deadlines for scheduling. Who will your interviewer be? It varies greatly from school to school: a. If you live far away from the college you are applying to, it may be an alumni of that school from your area who does regional interviews. b. If you interview on campus, it may be an admissions aid who has been specially trained. c. It might be a "new be" admissions person d. Less often, a senior admissions officer. I titled this response, "Who Are You?" for a reason. Since the purpose of the interview is to explore and get answers from each other, you as the interviewee may find yourself conducting this interview. So have your personality ready and your personal questions prepared.