College Planning: 10 Ways To Ace Your College Interview

To interview or not to interview?  That is the question.  Many colleges these days have all but eliminated the college interview.  For example, just try to get an interview at your local Big State U.  If they’re receiving 27,000 applications, the LAST thing they’re thinking about is an interview.

That being said, there are still opportunities to interview at a lot of colleges out there.  And if you’re looking at the more selective colleges (like the Ivies and the Ivy-Types) you’ll still do an interview with at least an alum of the college.

If you get the opportunity to interview, you should.  So, if you’re going to have an interview, here are some simple tips to acing your next meeting with the rep from your top choice colleges:

  1. Do your research.  Be sure you’re familiar with the history of the college and basic facts.
  2. Watch your body language.  A firm handshake, eye contact, smiling.  All are important.
  3. Show up five minutes early – but not much earlier.  Don’t arrive too early and sit around in the reception area looking uncomfortable.  And definitely don’t show up late.
  4. Have copies of your sizzle sheet with you.  Bring along a neat, nice-looking portfolio where you can have a few copies of your sizzle sheet in case you should need it.
  5. Take notes.  In your portfolio keep a notepad and a nice pen for taking notes.
  6. Be authentic.  If an interviewer senses that you aren’t being completely truthful, you may have lost all of your credibility.
  7. Treat everyone you meet like he or she is a decision-maker.  What if they ask the receptionist of his or her impression of you?  Some colleges might have enrolled students involved in the process.  Again, the student working in admissions office may not have “yes or no” authority, but their opinion of you might matter.
  8. Ask good questions.  Good questions might be about the campus environment, why they chose to work for XYZ college, or even about the longer range goals of the college.
  9. Stay positive.  If they ask about that C in math in 10th grade, blaming the teacher isn’t going to score you points.  You can describe what happened in terms of what you learned.
  10. Don’t interrupt.  People love to hear themselves talk.   If you interview with someone like that, listen intently and say nothing.  Of course, answer questions when asked; ask questions if given the opportunity and don’t give two word answers whenever possible.

Of course, interviewing is a small piece of the puzzle.  First you have to find colleges, investigate them, and visit them BEFORE you even think about an interview.  And what good will interviewing and getting in to a college do you if you end up being blindsided by a college bill you can’t afford?

Too many students and their parents are fooling themselves about what colleges really think of them.  If you’re banking on college scholarships to keep college affordable, you don’t want to be one of those potential scholars who ends up at the community college when that scholarship doesn’t materialize like you hoped it would.

Go here and schedule a college plan review before it’s too late to avoid the pitfalls and costly mistakes that can cost you your chance to get in and your opportunities for scholarships.  95% of you DON’T have the expertise you need to propel your college application to the top of the pile and keep it there.

Schedule a college plan review session with Jean today and she’ll take a look at your current college plan.  If you’re on the right track – you’ll walk away from the meeting knowing that.  If you’re not, you’ll know that too and  what resources are available to get you back on track so you get the college results you want.  Not every family needs college coaching – but every family’s college plan benefits from some CPR!

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