Getting Started

Interviews

Interviews are usually held in the fall, and it is your responsibility to schedule them. Look over your applications and see whether or not one is required or recommended. Some are scheduled with local alumni, others request that you be on campus and some are conducted by representatives at public sites. Some are information-based; some genuinely interview you to see if you are a good fit for their institution, and some do both. While on the interview, make sure you’ve done your preliminary research about the school and have something to say – or more specifically, have something to ask. Nobody wants to interview a student who has nothing to say. Never be afraid to ask about your chances for admission.

There are many topics the interviewer may cover. Common ones are: What did you do this summer? What BOOKS have you read recently, outside of school? (Now THERE’S a good one!) And they just might ask you something about yourself. Be prepared to tell them why you are a student they should accept – and think about this question a lot before the interview. Depending on how the conversation goes, you might get involved in something that relates to information you’ve put in your resume (Coming from Montana, how did you get interested in scuba diving? You like to create ambiance? What does that mean?)

Tips

What to wear? Something nice and comfortable. If big, baggy pants are all the rage at your high school and that’s all you have in your closet, buy some new pants. Boys, wear a collared shirt. You don’t need to wear a sports coat, but you need to be neat and in clean clothes. Ladies, look nice – no bare midriffs or short skirts.

ALWAYS send a handwritten thank-you note when you return home, whether from a group information session or a personalized interview. It is one more thing they can put in your file that shows you’re interested in their school, responsible and courteous.