4 Best Interview Tips for Students

Your college interview is a very important part of the admission’s process. Although this is true, it is just as important to not become overwhelmed with the idea. Before you walk into your interview, make sure you know what is required of you. You can easily speak to students who have been through the interview process or simply ask a student forum for more information. Here are four of the best tips to help you with your interview.

Show your interest

Let the panel know you are interested in attending the institution. Show them you took the time to research and selected this particular school out of a dozen other options. Mention a few interesting facts about the school and how it aligns with your goals and future career. By showing genuine interest, it will let the panel know you came prepared and that it is important to you to be accepted.

Share extra information

Your application says a lot about who you are and your achievements, but there is more to you than what is on paper. Share information about yourself that is not on your application. When you are busy with your application, things get very technical. You research how to reword an essay or rephrase a paragraph because you want to impress the board. We try to do our best to impress the committee. Now you’ve earned your interview and the panel needs to know there is more to you than your application. Tell them about your hobbies, your hopes and dreams and your interests outside of school. This will tell the committee that you are a well-balanced individual.

Ask questions

Usually in an interview, the panel will ask you questions and you are required to give good responses. However, there is always a moment where they ask you if you have any questions for them. Make sure you are prepared for this and ask questions that will give you valuable information. Not having any questions prepared might make you feel the pressure to come up with some in seconds. Always be prepared for anything they might throw at you. Ask questions about the school, the program and career options after the course. Let the committee know that you are serious and ready to build your future.

Be yourself

There is a reason why you were called for an interview and you should find great confidence in that. Do not doubt yourself before you get into the interview room because you have worked hard for it and earned it. This is a make or break moment and if you are yourself, you can win them over easier than trying to be something you’re not. It’s very difficult to pretend and you will be more nervous trying to keep up with your newly created personality. Every school looks for a variety of personalities and yours is good enough. You are good enough.

Conclusion

By the time you are called for an interview, half the battle is won already. This means you are qualified enough and have gained the correct amount of experience to be accepted. The interview is just part of the process and you now have an opportunity to say everything you could not in your application. If any part of your application needs some explaining, this is the place to do it. When you walk out of that room, make sure that you have said all you wanted to say and that nothing is left to the imagination of the committee. After the interview is done, don’t do a post-mortem and start giving yourself bad vibes. You did your best and now it’s time to let it go and wait. There is no doubt that you did your best and the school board will see it. Believe in yourself and know that you will receive your acceptance letter.

 

Guest Blogger Linda Jellison | JLV College Counseling BlogLinda Jellison works as a content manager at essay online service. Her hobby is traveling, reading and guest post writing. She was a top student and now she shares her experience with other students.

 

 

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