How to Succeed in Your College Interview

Now that you know how to dress, let's get down to the interview process!
During any interview there are three things you should keep in mind: smile, make frequent eye contact, and be yourself! An admissions representative is already assessing how you are and how badly you want the school from the moment you walk through the door. Make sure you are not chewing gum and that your posture shows confidence and determination. It all starts with a nice handshake and then the conversation begins!

Questions The Interviewer May Ask

The interview should not be a one-way conversation; it should be an interactive conversation, so just keep that in mind as you answer the questions.Some questions that the interviewer may ask are:

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. Let’s talk about this extracurricular activity on your resume/application.
  3. Why do you want to attend XYZ college?
  4. What were your favorite classes/clubs/extracurricular activities?
  5. How would your friends describe you?

In order to succeed in a college interview you need to know a lot about the school you have applied to. Make sure to ask your Money Mentor to help you come up with insightful answers before the interview! But, if you do not know an answer to a question during the interview, just pause for a second and think. You are not a robot, you will not automatically know the answers to everything.

Questions You Should Ask

It is good if you ask the admission representative questions about the school or any questions based on your conversation. Upon doing this, it will show your dedication towards the school. Some potential questions you may ask are:

  • What special programs are offered to my particular area of study?
  • What kind of supportive services are available for career planning?
  • How active is the student body? What were some of the biggest events on campus last year?

End of an Interview

When you are done asking all your questions, say thank you to the admissions representative for taking their time to interview you. Also, make sure you get an email from him/her so you can thank him/her and ask any questions that you forgot to ask. Then you can end the interview by giving the person a handshake. You should send interviewer within 24 hours an email with a small thank you and what aspects you enjoyed about the conversation.