Work with the admission office to schedule an interview. Getting ready for an interview can be intimidating, but the experience may surprise you: it’s often relaxed, and you will learn as much about the school as the school learns about you.
Come prepared to ask questions about the school. This will help you gain a better understanding of whether it’s the right place for you and will also show the interviewer that you are really interested and serious about the school.
It’s hard to predict exactly what an admission officer will ask you at your interview. But remember that these professionals are interested in who you are and what you will bring to the school, not in stock answers you think they want to hear.
Questions Might Include:
- What were your reactions to the campus tour? (if you took one)
- What got you excited about the school? What was surprising? Did the tour confirm the impression of the school that you got from the admission materials and the website?
- Tell me about your current or past experiences in school.
This will give you a chance to talk about your interests and passions, your successes and challenges. Be prepared to discuss your academic interests and what you hope to gain from attending the school you are visiting.
- What are your future goals and plans?
- You have probably thought about what you would like to do in the future, from the activities you want to pursue in high school to your college choice, and maybe even your dreams about a career.
Be sure to thank the admission officer for his/her time and get a business card if possible. Write and send a short thank-you note to the interviewer. Be specific about what you liked about the school.
The Skype Interview
It is not uncommon for a school to request that you interview via Skype, particularly if you are an international student or applying to a school you can’t visit easily. The Skype interview gives the admission officer a better idea of who you are and how you communicate. If you don’t have a Skype account, create one for yourself (it's free) if you are asked for this type of interview. The interviewer will see the area around you on the screen, so you might want to remove anything questionable before you sit down for the interview. Then just relax and be yourself. Be sure to follow the same etiquette that you would in a face-to-face interview, such as sending a thank-you note afterwards.