Aside from job interviews, college interviews can be one of the most stressful interviews to go through. College interviews are your chance to make a good impression on the admissions reps, and show your personality aside from your application. It’s a great opportunity to complement the already stellar grades you have, or explain why they may not be as high as they could be. Take a deep breath; we’re here to help. Here are three tips to ace it.
1. Master the question “tell me about yourself.”
It might seem simple, but this question can say a lot more than you think! Be yourself, but also let your uniqueness shine. What makes you different than other students? Do you have a hidden talent or skill? Collect something unusual? Try to find that piece of information about yourself, but also show that you are a well-rounded student too.
Come up with a list of potential questions. Ask a friend or family member to interview you as if he or she was an admissions representative. Practicing your answers will make you more comfortable in the actual interview. If you anticipate what they are going to ask, you’ll be more prepared to give an excellent answer. Here are a few questions from The College Board to get you started.
3. Say thank you
You might think that after the interview, you’re done—but that’s not true! Be sure to get your interviewer’s card for an email address or physical address where you can send a thank you note. Let the interviewer know how the interview was helpful to you and about your interest in the school. An email is nice, but sending a physical letter or card can be particularly memorable.
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