College application processes

Ace Your College Interview: Dos and Don'ts

You've conquered the application process, but the interview looms ahead. Don't fret! Our latest blog post offers invaluable insights into acing your college admissions interview. From essential dos to avoidable don'ts, we've got you covered. Stay calm, stay prepared, and let's secure that spot together! Check out our blog now for expert guidance.

Cherilynn Tan
February 8, 2024
2.5 min
Ace Your College Interview: Dos and Don'ts
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Ace Your College Interview: Dos and Don'ts

You've painstakingly put together your college application, survived the agonizing wait, and received an invitation for a college admissions interview. Now you're wondering what on earth to do next. Don't panic! We're here with some expert advice on the dos and don'ts of college admissions interviews.

Do: Prepare Ahead of Time

Practice may not make perfect, but it certainly helps with nerves. Even the most seasoned orators prepare for speeches. Why should your college interview be any different? Read about the college, its values, notable alumni, and latest news. This will give you conversation starters and show you're serious about the school. In addition, mock interviews with a friend or a guidance counselor can help you refine your answers and get comfortable with common questions. Practicing in front of a mirror isn't just for sitcom characters; it's an immensely technique that can help you notice any awkward gestures or unconscious habits.

Do: Be Honest and Authentic

Interviewers want to get to know the real you, not an exaggerated persona. Being authentic will help you form a genuine connection with the interviewer. So, don't be afraid to show some vulnerability, humor, or personality. Honesty resonates more than you think!

On that note, do remember that there's a line between being personable and oversharing. Leave out the details of your break-up drama or wild weekend escapades. Keep the conversation focused on your experiences and aspirations related to the college and your future.

Don't: Stress Over Mistakes

Everybody stumbles now and then. If you mess up during the interview, don't let it derail you. Take a deep breath, correct yourself if necessary, and move forward. After all, colleges aren't looking for perfection; they're looking for potential.

Don’t: Assume It's a One-Way Conversation

A common mistake is to think of an interview as a grilling session. It's not! The interview is as much an opportunity for you to learn about the college as it is for them to learn about you. Ask thoughtful questions about campus culture, special programs, or even the interviewer's own experiences with the college. This not only demonstrates your keen interest but also helps you gauge if the school is the right fit for you.

Do: Follow Up

After any interview, it’s considered good practice to send a thank-you note to your interviewer expressing your gratitude for their time and the opportunity. It's a simple gesture, but one that can help you leave a lasting impression.

The college admissions interview is your chance to put a face and personality to the name on your application. Be prepared, be yourself, and above all, enjoy the process!

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