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How can I kill my college interview?

Asked Madison, Alabama

5 answers

Ellen’s Answer

Updated Woodbridge, Virginia
The best advice I have personally gotten about interviews, and which I have forwarded to other young people is to be yourself; don't try to second guess your interviewer and don't try to be some who you are not, but be who you are, and be proud of that. Be honest, if you don't know the answer to a question, simply say you don't know, or are not sure of the answer; you might tell them how you are going to find out the answer. If you don't feel comfortable about a question, stall for time, tell them you would want to really think about that particular question before you gave a full answer. Do your homework, investigate the school on its website, and if you know any alumni, talk to them about their experiences. Be polite to your interviewer. When you enter the room, put your hand out to shake theirs and say your name clearly and "How do you do?". No earbuds, and no cellphone; let me say that again, no earbuds and no cellphone. Make sure your cellphone is on silent; if it does ring or whatever, apologize and ignore it. Your interviewer is far more important than a text from your buddies. Sit up, do not slouch, and listen carefully. Look your interviewer in the eye, and think before you speak. Smile, Show some enthusiasm for the school. If you are nervous, it is OK to say so; this is a big deal. Wear appropriate clothing. It does not have to be fancy, but what you wear should be clean and modest. A button down shirt and pants for the men should do. For women, a skirt or dress would be nice, but pants are fine; nothing revealing or too tight. Remember, you are there for an interview, not a date. However, use your own fashion sense, the bottom line is you want your character to be remembered, and not your clothing. Also, after the interview, be sure to get the name of the interviewer (first and last name, spelled corrected) so that you can write them or email them a thank you note. Thank them for their time, tell them how much you like the school, and so on. You might also want to do some role playing with your friends. Take turns asking each other about your longterm goals, why you are interested in a certain school, what your favorite subjects are, and so on. Best wishes!

Kim’s Answer

Updated San Antonio, Texas

I have no idea what they will ask, so my advice is to know and be ready to discuss everything about your past as well as your plans for the future. This includes special projects you have done, extracurricular activities, etc. Sometimes some of these things seem like ancient history, and we are not prepared to discuss them. It might help if you draft a list of questions, write down the answers, and practice saying them.

Here are some suggestions to get you started. Even though these questions may not be asked, just preparing to answer them will make you better prepared for any question you may get! Be sure to listen carefully to the question and answer all parts of the question!

  1. what was your favorite/least favorite subject. Why?
  2. What is the most important lesson you learned in high school?
  3. What is your college major? Why?
  4. What makes you think you will be successful in college?
  5. What is the biggest personal obstacle you have faced, and how did you overcome it?
  6. Why should we give this scholarship to you?
  7. What career are you intending to pursue upon graduation? Why?
  8. Tell me about your favorite research project that you did in high school. (what was it, and why was it your favorite?)
  9. How do you think you will do being away from home to go to school? (what is your support network?)
  10. What have you done in the way of volunteer activity, and how has it benefited the community?
  11. If you receive this scholarship, how do you intend to "pay it forward?"


Most interviews start with "small talk" in an attempt to put the interviewee at ease. Expect it to be a panel, perhaps three of them, and one of you. When you answer questions in a panel, you initially start by looking at the person who asked the question. If your answer is long enough, you then drift over and make eye contact with the other two. Once the interview starts, all the stress will melt away, and you will be living in the moment. Positive self-talk! Relax, you've got this!

Poonam’s Answer

Updated Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Here are the best interview tips for collage student:

PRIOR TO THE INTERVIEW:

  • Plan your commuting in such a manner that you would reach the destination well in advance. Be on time.
  • Frame an answer to questions related to your career gaps and job switching as these questions are bound to come.
  • Do a proper study about the organization.

  • Revise answers to common interview questions and be ready with the questions you wish to ask.

WHAT SHOULD YOU WEAR?

  • Wear clean and ironed clothes

for more in details: Interview Preparation !




Lisa’s Answer

Updated Oakland, California

Hi Cassidy,

You’ve gotten some very savvy answers to this question, so I’m sure you’re feeling more confident already. The only thing I could add is to let them see your PASSION! Show the interviewer what excites you, what intrigues you, and the parts of life you really want to dig your teeth into. I think that is what will really distinguish you from the competition among other college applicants.


Go for it!


:)

Chantel’s Answer

Updated

Take your time when asking questions and know it is okay to ask for the interviewer to repeat a question if you begin to get lost in your answer. Tell stories in your answers and always connect the story to what skill you utilized. Before stepping into the actual interview, give yourself a pep talk! Lastly, at the end of the interview, have at least three well thought out questions to ask the interviewer. By doing this, you can add to the good impression that you will already leave by doing a great job answering their questions.