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College Interviews: The Whole Truth

Updated on January 2, 2013

The college interview has to be the biggest part of the whole college application process; however, not all colleges have a college interview either. When interviewing you may meet in person, or you may have a video interview over Skype.

What the Interview Entails

The interview is not always the deciding factor whether the college wants you or not, but it gives the representative who is interviewing you a chance to get to know you on a personal level. The interview will allow you as a student to show your interest in the school, share information about yourself on a more personal level, and ask questions that you may have about the college.

What to Expect

You will be able to talk to the representative one-on-one. If your mom or dad decides to come, chances are they will not be able to go in the interview room with you, but sometimes colleges will allow the parents to have a chat with the representative after you are done with the interview.

The representative will ask questions such as “Why do you want to go to college?” and “What is your plans while attending this college?” They will ask you to give more information on your high school experiences, such as what clubs you did, what your hobbies where, did you get awards for your accomplishments. Basically, it is nothing hard just more information about yourself that you should be able to easily answer.

The representative will ask if you have any questions for them. Asking questions will show them that you are seriously interested in the college, and it will allow you to get to know more information about the college that they do not display on their website or in any of their pamphlets that they send out to you. Also ask questions about majors that you are interested in, and ask what the programs are like. If you are planning on living on campus ask some different questions about campus life, but remember try to not to ask questions that can be easily found on their website.

How to Prepare for the Interview

First find out if the interview is required, optional or not offered. If the college requires you to interview contact the admissions office to find out how to set one up. If you do not live near the college it is best to try and set up a campus tour, so you do not have to make two trips to the campus.

Now that you got your interview scheduled you have to start preparing for it. One thing you can do to help you prepare is research the school, so you know what questions you have about it and have some prior knowledge about where you will be going.

Interview Tips

Always remember you cannot pass or fail an interview, but you can make a lasting impression by dressing appropriately, arriving early, being polite, and using appropriate language. If you follow these few things you will not only have a great interview, but you will give the representative a great first impression of you.

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