College Interviews 101: Do’s and Don’ts
By: Emma Bryan
It’s fall, and that means that the college process is in full swing for many seniors. Along with this comes numerous interviews with college representatives, college sport coaches, and alumni. In order to make a good impression, here’s a list of do’s and don’ts for college-related interviews.
- Be yourself. There is nothing more important than showing the interviewer who you are beyond your test scores and transcript.
- Know the school and why you’re interested in the school. One of the interviewer’s first questions will probably be about the specific reason you want to attend, and it’s best to have a specific major or program that you’re possibly interested in. If you don’t know about the school, you won’t seem as interested, therefore they won’t be as interested in you.
- Have some idea about what you could possibly want to study. Saying that you want to study a specific subject won’t lock you into studying it at the school, but you will seem much more ambitious and together.
- Have questions prepared that are specific to programs at the school and/or school traditions because it will prove that you’ve done your research and that you’re super interested in possibly attending that college. It also keeps the conversation going.
- Be nervous. Colleges sense fear
- Worry if you don’t know what you want to study. At this point in time, very few people know one hundred percent what they plan on majoring in, so you’re not alone.
- Downplay your achievements. This is not the time to be modest about what you’ve done and accomplished or where you come from.
- Be afraid to say other schools that you’re looking into (if the interviewer asks). At the same time, you don’t need to list all the other schools in detail. You want to show your interest in whatever school you’re interviewing for. Colleges like to feel special.
Lastly, good luck to everyone!