Preparing for the Interview

Preparing for the College Interview

To prepare for the college interview, start by reading through the university catalogue and browsing through their website.  Get to know history of the college for which you are applying.  You should have some general knowledge about the school in your head before the interview.  Nothing is more of a turn-off to an interviewer than having to answer basic questions like “How many students do you have?” and “Do you have a Biology major?”

In addition, you should prepare questions to ask the interviewer. Some of your questions may be generic that you will ask at all of your schools; for example: “If I’m having trouble in a course, where can I get help?” or “I’m thinking about going to law school after college. What kind of placement record does your school have? What kind of support does the college offer?” Other questions should be specific to each college, to show your interest in that particular college as well as to show that you have done some research. Examples include: 
“I was excited to learn that you offer an Internship Program. How are the internships arranged and what must I do to participate? What kinds of internships have students with my major pursued?” and “I was reading about your (example) can you tell me more about it?” You may wish to write your questions down on note cards to take with you to the interview. If you are nervous and have trouble remembering your questions, you can refer to your note cards. Your questions should include a mix of questions about academic concerns, activities, and campus life. See the list of questions that you could be asked during a college interview and practice your responses with your parents, teachers, and school counselor if possible.


How to Dress during the College Interview

Dress neatly, but be yourself. If you are not comfortable, you will not interview well and that is, after all, the primary point of the interview. Boys should wear a shirt with a collar (as opposed to a tee shirt). 
Sweaters, ties and jackets look nice, but are not mandatory. Girls should remember that they would most likely be taking a walking tour before or after the interview. This is not a time to wear high heels. Wear comfortable flats or boots – skirts or nice slacks are appropriate. Avoid distracting jewelry – jangling bracelets and very large earrings can make it difficult for the interviewer to concentrate on what you’re saying.  Naturally, be well groomed in terms of hair, facial hair, fingernails, etc.

  • Jen Cook

    Great list! Thanks for posting!