Not every college requires an admission interview for admission to the school. Some schools simply want to meet with you as part of the admission process but don’t call the meeting an interview.
Colleges and universities that require interviews want to help you determine if the college is a good match for you. In an interview, you may be asked some of the following open-ended questions: tell us about yourself, why you are interested in the school, what is your proposed major in college, what will you contribute to the college, what are your future plans, does your high school record accurately reflect your accomplishments and effort, and what do you do in your free time.
Don’t go to an interview unprepared. Be sure you have researched the school, including its website, brochures and catalog. Additional admission interview hints:
- Be certain you are on time for the interview. Demonstrate that you take the interview seriously and your ability at being responsible by being prompt.
- Dress appropriately. You don’t have to wear a suit, but do utilize clean, pressed clothing, which demonstrates you care about the interview. Don’t overdo makeup, cologne or jewelry. Don’t chew gum or mints during the interview.
- Be sure you’ve thought about the interview before you show up to talk with the admission representative. You don’t want to sound rehearsed as you answer questions, nor do you want to give short, one-word answers to the questions as if you don’t have an opinion.
- Answer all questions honestly and accurately. In other words, don’t lie and don’t exaggerate the facts on your answers.
- Demonstrate good manners. Remember to say please and thank you. Greet your interviewer by name and introduce yourself. Follow up the interview with a thank you note.