College Interview Preparation Tips
Some universities and colleges select students for admission into their college through interview process. A lot of people get to their first interview when they are applying to college. The good college, the one you want, the one that meets your requirements, it needs preparation and focus. Lack of interview experience and preparation is the major reason for failure. Hence preparing for a college admission interview is similar to getting ready for a professional interview. The college management interview the students to decide whether a particular student is eligible to a school or the not.
The college interview is a chance to show that you are more than just test scores and grades. It is an exchange of information. The college or university wants the best students to enroll, so the interviewee should show excitement about the opportunities that are available at the school.
One of the key factors to success in college interviews is stress management, and anxiety control, knowing the spirit of the interview questions and how or what are the best interview answers.
* Come prepared by researching about the college website to know about their majors, their unusual programs and highlights of their clubs and activities. Make sure that you know where your interview is and how to get to the College. If you haven’t done any research you will look disinterested in the college.
* Be respectful and be on time, dress appropriately, turn off cell phones. Make eye contact and greet your interviewer with a warm handshake.
* Highlight the good things from your academic past and put a positive spin on your background. Never memorize your answers by rote. Rehearse for the interview with family, friends
* When you meet the interviewer you should introduce yourself, shake hands and smile.
* Read a newspaper to keep informed. The interviewer may ask you your opinion about a current event.
* Preparation increases your confidence. Know yourself and be prepared to discuss your strengths/weaknesses and major accomplishments. Talk how you have used your strengths to accomplish something an how you overcome your weaknesses.
* You will be asked why you are interested in the college and what sparked your interest in it. Do not say anything negative about the college. Never tell a school it’s your safety. Talk about what you’ve learned about the college and why you feel it’s the right place for you.
* Engage the interviewer since they often want to talk about themselves and their own experiences with the college. Remember to stay engaged in active conversation and let your interviewer talk as well.
* Treat the college interview as a conversation. Don’t just give yes and no answers. Don’t try to memorize a script. It’s O.K. to ask questions. It shows interest in the college and what the admission officer has to say. Have a positive attitude. It is all right to take a moment to think about an answer before replying.
* Do ask thoughtful questions about the school, programs, and faculty. Show enthusiasm where appropriate. Do close the interview by verifying your interest in the school.
* Discuss how you think college can help you meet your goals. Be sincere and honest in your answer, don’t say things just to impress the interviewer.