How to Prepare for Your College Admissions Interview


Author: Berno, Bobette

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When going through the college admissions process, there are two major, nerve-wracking hurdles that you may have to jump over to end up crossing the finish line that is your dream college. One is your college entrance exam. The other is the college admissions interview.

The college admissions interview can be more important than you think. It is often used as a chance for the school to know more about you than what your test scores and application are telling them. Not every college requires an interview, but the more competitive, prestigious or notable the college is, the more likely you are to have one.

We know that the interview can be nerve-wracking. Here are a few things to do to help you prepare for your college admissions interview.

Know the School

Before you go to the interview, you should get to know the school. Become familiar with the programs that you are interested in. Look to see if they offer scholarships to incoming freshman and if you qualify for any. You should also know what tuition and room and board will cost you. As a potential future student, you should know these things about the school anyway, and it will give you time to ask questions about the program and other areas during the interview.

Review Your App or Essay

If you submitted an essay as part of your application, you should review what you wrote. It may have been a while since you wrote the essay, and you want to be prepared if the admissions counselor asks you questions about it. Take a second look at your application as well. They may ask you about your community involvement, classes or other things you put on your application.

Practice a Little

Before you walk into the interview, go over some of the commonly asked college admissions interview questions and think them through. Here are some potential interview questions you may be asked:

  • Why do you want to go to school here?
  • Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • What major are interested in pursuing?
  • What are three adjectives to describe you and why?
  • What are your favorite classes you are taking this year?
  • What extra-curricular activities do you participate in?

Regardless of what questions you are asked, it is most important to answer them genuinely and honestly. Be careful though, you don’t want to sound too practiced or rehearsed. The person interviewing you wants to interview you to get to know you. Trust me, they don’t want to hear the same canned answers that everyone thinks they want to hear.

These are three easy ways to help you prepare for your college admissions interview. If you still aren’t confident, consider getting some additional help from College Tutors, college coaching. See if there's a CNT location near you

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