Excelling in Your College Interview
Interviews are common life events that tend to happen more often than most people prefer. These interviews often provide you with the opportunity to share more details about yourself. Although an interview can be extremely beneficial, interviews tend to be nerve racking. This is especially true with a college interview.
The college interview is typically part of the application process. To apply for college, you will probably have to fill out applications, write essays, provide your transcripts, and include letters of recommendations. Along with these parts of the application process, an interview is likely. This will allow you to meet face to face with a real person who has influence over your application decision.
In most cases, your college interview will be with an alumnus or an admissions officer. During the interview, the interviewer will ask questions that can help them get to know you better. A good interview performance will bring to life the details of your application. Otherwise, the facts on your application may sound boring or dry.
Prepping for a College Interview
Excelling in a college interview is not as difficult as it may seem. You simply need to spend some time practicing so you are prepared for the situation. It is a good idea to schedule a few mock interviews. You can do this with teachers or parents. Although it may sound a little awkward to have a mock interview, this is a great way to evaluate how you answer questions. Your parents or teachers can also provide you with helpful feedback that may improve your performance.
In addition to scheduling some mock interviews, it is a good idea to go over the type of questions that are asked during a college interview. It can be hard to determine the exact questions that will be asked. However, the following questions are great examples to review as you prepare.
- What is your biggest strength?
- What is your biggest weakness?
· What are some of the reasons you want to attend X University?
· Tell me about your greatest high school experience.
· Describe some of the things you have done to prepare for college.
· What are your goals and aspirations for the future?
- Tell me more about yourself.
- What are some of your interests?
· What extracurricular activities have you participated in?
- Tell me about your background and your family.
· What are your thoughts on the latest current event? (Be aware of the few current events happening at the time your interview)
- Who is your favorite author and why?
- What book is your favorite and why?
· Out of all of your accomplishments, which one are you most proud of?
· If you were an animal, what one would you be? Why?
· If you could meet someone important from today or the past, whom would you choose? What would you ask this person?
It is best to answer questions like “Tell me about yourself” with a few top points. You can choose the points that fit best with the university you are applying to. It is also a good idea to vary the points so you seem well rounded.
The more you practice your responses to these questions, the easier time you will have during your college interview. Even if the questions are a little different, you will have talking points to cover. Practicing also helps you eliminate some of the nerves that happen during an interview.
After the College Interview
When you finish this interview, it is common to feel nervous. Many people go over their interview performance and wish they had said certain things. These doubts are a normal outcome from the interview. It is common to have regrets, but also important to recognize that you probably did better than you realize.
Remember, the people interviewing you are not evaluating your performance under a microscope. If you accidentally ended a sentence with a preposition or said “umm” more than you liked, they probably didn’t notice. They were simply trying to determine if you were a good fit for the university.
The purpose of these stressful interviews is to make a good impression. If you can do this during your mock interviews, then you probably performed well during the actual interview. Interviewers are looking for people who are able to carry on a conversation and present themselves well. If you struggled during your first college interview, you will probably have another chance to succeed.