College Admissions Interview Preparation

Think of the interview as another opportunity for the college to get to know you.

Why should you do a college interview? Can interviewing enhance your application and if so, how? Your transcript and teacher recommendations can’t tell the full story about who you are and what makes you tick. That’s where interviewing comes in. Think of the interview as another opportunity for the college to get to know you and for you to show interest in a college.

You can prepare for the interview and still be yourself. Leave the interviewer with the feeling that you would make a great addition their college.

To prepare for your interview, make sure you can speak about why you are interested in the interviewer’s college. A great way to get comfortable talking about your strengths and academic and extracurricular interests is to have a practice or mock interview. A mock interview will help you understand that the interview is simply a conversation between two interested parties. Role playing this conversation will go a long way in putting you at ease when you are in your actual interview. Students who have done mock interviews with me consistently tell me what a comfortable experience their actual interview was.

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She just found out yesterday that she got into Skidmore Early Decision. I’d like to thank you for all the help that you’ve given her. The mock interview, in particular, gave her a lot of confidence and she felt that the Skidmore interview went well.