10 Steps to Acing Your College Interview
College interviews can be nerve-wracking, which is why it’s so important for students to be prepared. While we’re not all born with the confidence, charm and knowhow to ace college interviews, it can absolutely be learnt. Here’s how in 10 easy steps!
Plan mock interviews
Preparation can do a world of good when it comes to calming nerves and boosting confident. Enlist the help of a family member of friend and attend several mock interviews prior to the real deal.
Nothing screams ‘likeability’ quite like a big, toothy grin. From the moment you enter the room beam the judging panel a smile that they won’t be able to resist. Be sure to maintain your positive facial expressions throughout the rest of the interview, even if you’re nervous as hell!
Come up with questions
Just like job interviews, questions show that you’re curious, insightful and keen to learn. Try to come up with at least three to ask at the end of the interview. Think student life, academics and opportunities on offer for graduates.
When prepping for your interview be sure to think about the specific reasons why you think you’d be a great fit for the school’s academic and social atmosphere.
Yes, you’re nervous. But forgetting to breathe is the absolute worst thing you can do. A few deep breaths can work wonders for calming your nerves before, during and after the interview.
Know your school
Invest a little time in learning about the school you’re applying for, and impressing the judging panel with your knowledge.
Don’t be scared to elaborate
Remember, the interview process in an opportunity for a school to get to know you, which means they’ll always be open to whatever you have to say. With this in mind, don’t hold back on elaborating where possible. For example, as well as saying you think you’d be a perfect fit, go into detail about why you feel this way.
Presentation isn’t everything, but it definitely counts. While you don’t have to rock up in a dress suit do take the time to choose a smart outfit and pay special attention to your personal grooming.
Stay in touch
Your interview’s not over when you leave the room. Be sure to follow up with a thank you letter or email, as well as any additional questions, concerns or queries regarding the status of your application.
As mentioned before, college interviews are all about ‘getting to know you.’ Sure, you may need to tweak and refine a few aspects of your character to impress the panel but at the end of the day, stay true to who you really are and you’re guaranteed to charm.
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