Interview Tips – Careers & Education https://www.careersandeducation.com The number 1 source for training programs and schools. Mon, 17 Aug 2020 02:41:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 7 Tips That Will Help You Prepare Well for Your College Admission Interview https://www.careersandeducation.com/7-tips-that-will-help-you-prepare-well-for-your-college-admission-interview Fri, 11 Aug 2017 08:52:28 +0000 https://careersandeducation.com/?p=2444 In the past, to get accepted by a college or university of choice, students would work hard to get high entrance test scores and submit well-written, lengthy essays and letters […]

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In the past, to get accepted by a college or university of choice, students would work hard to get high entrance test scores and submit well-written, lengthy essays and letters of recommendation. Today, there is another part of the whole screening process that students need to prepare and work hard for as well: the admission interview.

 

All schools today conduct admission interviews not only as a standard protocol, but also to make sure that they get to know each applicant better and get an assurance that the student would be a good fit for (and even an asset to) their institution. It is therefore important to devote the right amount of time and effort to preparing for your college admission interview.

Acing the Interview

Passing a college admission interview with flying colors will depend greatly on how well you prepare for it. You can achieve this goal by following the useful prep tips below:

1.    Read up on the school.

 

First things first: Get to know the institution you want to enter. Know its complete address, how many campuses they have, the current head or dean, etc. Equip yourself with important details about why you want to take up your chosen course at their college.

 

During the interview, you will be asked why you are applying and you can answer this question satisfactorily by providing concrete examples of what you like about the school: their facilities, instructors, use of technology, and the unique learning experiences they offer, and so on. You have no good excuse for not knowing about the school and your preferred course since you can get all the details you need from their website or brochure.

2.    Go over your submitted application form and personal essay.

 

The college admission officers will base their questions on everything that you placed on the application and personal essay submitted. As such, you will be able to come up with impactful and consistent responses, if you take the time to read these documents before the interview.

 

In addition, going over your submitted paperwork will help you anticipate and prepare good answers to any related questions the interviewers may ask, such as your preferred extracurricular activities or why you like a particular subject in school.

3.    Prepare good answers to some common admission interview questions.

 

When applying to a college or university, nearly all admission officers will ask the same questions:

 

  • Why did you choose our school?
  • Why are you interested in your chosen course?
  • What makes you a good candidate for this school?

 

By anticipating these questions, you will have enough time to think of good answers which you can say during the interview and help you stand out from the other candidates. However, don’t memorize your answers. Interviewers are not particularly impressed by applicants who speak like robots because of their rehearsed and memorized responses.

4.    Practice being more conversational.

 

Since interviewers are rarely captivated by candidates who appear stiff and deliver memorized, prepared lines, providers of international student consulting services say that you need to learn how to be a natural, confident conversationalist. You can do this by listening to what the interviewer is saying, fully understanding his or her questions, and using the answers you prepared only as a guide.

 

You can learn and develop this skill by practicing with a friend, classmate, teacher, or even a parent. Tell your practice partner that he or she should inform you immediately if you start sounding too formal and monotonous.

5.    Prepare your outfit and everything you will bring for the interview beforehand.

 

For the interview, choose an outfit that is comfortable yet smart-looking. This means that shirts, jeans, and sneakers are out. If you really want to impress admission officers, you won’t go wrong with opting for business casual attire.

 

In addition, don’t forget to bring the essentials, like pens and a notepad so that you can write down some important details or instructions the interviewers will give you. Also, you can bring a copy of your transcripts, resume, the essay, and the completed application form you submitted which you can go over if you have some spare time.

6.    Arrive early for the interview.

 

You won’t score any points if you arrive late for the interview. If you arrive several minutes after your schedule without sending any notification, your interviewers may decide to cancel the interview since they don’t know if you’ll be arriving.

 

You not only wasted your time going to school but more importantly, you inadvertently gave the impression that you are lacking some key attributes, such as being punctual and responsible.

7.    During the interview, remember and apply everything you practiced.

 

Whenever you are asked a question, make sure you listen and understand it well. Wait until the interviewer stops talking before you answer, even if you have your reply ready. Again, give answers that are tailored to the question and not the ones you practiced at home. In case you can’t think of a good response, ask for further explanation of the question and answer as decisively and positively as you can.

 

Also, being a good conversationalist means asking the interviewers some questions as well. College admission officers expect all applicants to do this; if you do so, you show that you have a keen interest in their school. You can ask when the next term officially starts or how long before you will be notified if you have been accepted.

 

Lastly, always smile! Your smile will let the interviewers know that you are really excited about going to their school and this will help make you feel more confident throughout the interview.

 

If you devote enough time and effort to preparing for your college admission interview, your chances of getting into your school of choice will certainly be higher.

 

AUTHOR BIO

 

Brian Giroux is an experienced college admissions advisor and co-founder of Capital College Consulting. Brian is a Professional Member of Independent Educational Consulting Association (IECA). Brian has worked with students from over 30 countries to help provide guidance through the US admissions process.

 

Brian’s experience includes 18+ years in education serving multiple roles as educator, athletic director, and college admissions consultant.

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Preparing For An Interview https://www.careersandeducation.com/interview-tips Sun, 15 Dec 2013 12:12:22 +0000 https://careersandeducation.com/?p=408 Strangely enough, many prospective employees don’t prepare for job interviews with the same diligence that they put together a resume. In many respects the interview is even more important than […]

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Strangely enough, many prospective employees don’t prepare for job interviews with the same diligence that they put together a resume. In many respects the interview is even more important than the resume. Certainly, you won’t even get to the interview without a good resume, but a good interview is what ultimately makes or breaks you getting the job.

Just as you’ve gone through your resume and summarized the most salient points from your job history, you should have a clear idea of what you want to express in an interview. Go through your resume again and decide the most important points that you want to cover in an interview.

An interview needs to be as concise as a resume. If you don’t have a clear idea about what you want to say ahead of time, nerves may get a hold of you and you’ll be in danger of incoherence. Worse case scenario, of course, but it is vitally important to speak with confidence and forcefulness. Having a basic script before you enter an interview is a sure fire way to make this possible.

One way to do this is to write a short essay about your work experience. At first this can be a general assessment of your skills, talent, and experience. Later you can cater this to each individual interview’covering topics that are directly related to the job. Writing out potential interview answers is good practice for the interview. If you’re not comfortable writing an extended assessment of yourself, then speak into a tape recorder. Another method is to act out an interview with someone close to you.

These tactics are mainly useful if you are just beginning to enter the workforce. After a series of interviews, you’re likely to get the hang of it. Like anything, good interviewing takes practice. However, you should never stop preparing for an interview. Every company is different so you should have answers that specifically address the job you’re applying for.

There are some issues that can only partially be prepared for in advance. For instance, you have to be able to read your interviewer, and this can only be done once you get to the interviewer. Some interviews will have a good chemistry, some will not: that’s a fact of life. But there are ways to make the most out of an interview even if it doesn’t seem to be going well.

You must be able to adapt to the personality of the interviewer. If your original game plan doesn’t seem to be working, change tactics. You should have a few different answers for the same question. Some interviewers may not want a laundry list of experience and former responsibilities. Some interviewers may be more generally goal-oriented what you hope to achieve, what you want out of life, rather than how many words you can type a minute. Your interview must correspond to the interviewers personality type.

Some other things you can do to prepare for an interview: iron your clothes, look presentable, and shine those shoes. The last one can actually be very important. Believe it or not, some interviewers take a lot from the state of a person’s shoes. Finally, turn off your cell phone. It can be rude and unprofessional to have a cell phone go off in the middle of an interview.

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