The College Interview: Time to Show Off!

By Wiener Douyon, CollegeFindMe Intern

Interview of Academics

At this point, you are more or less a pro in interviews. You know how to use your million dollar smile. You have the jokes. You have the flair. You have it all. But a college interview is a whole new ballgame. Imagine if regular interviews were the seasonal games of a sport. College interviews would be the all-star game – you have to prepare to shine, or else you’ll be out shined by other elite players.

Now, you may ask that colleges should know enough about you already. I mean, come on, they have a whole package of documents that summarize the last four years of your life! Yet, these interviews are additional efforts to make sure that you fit in with their values. Admissions officers may be indecisive about whether you should be enrolled, so what you say during the interview will either help or hinder your chances of acceptance!

What’s the Point?

To put it simply, it depends on the college. College interviews play different roles on admission, depending on where you’re applying to. While some schools consider them a mandatory part of the application process, others may make them optional. Some colleges may not even offer interviews at all.

However, if given the chance to interview, you should seize the opportunity! It is informative: the admissions officer learns about you, and you learn more about the college. Let’s make you a pro!

Let’s polish your GLOW!

There are many ways to prepare for a college interview. However, researching prior to an interview is the best thing you can do. I mean it does make sense: the more you know, the more appealing you look, especially when conversing about specific aspects that distinguish the college from other schools. 

  • If the school has a specific extracurricular activity, academic requirement, or housing option that is really exciting to you and rare at other colleges, include this in your answer as well.

When preparing for this interview, keep these in mind. It will help you sort out your values and what makes you an all-star! Here are some things that you should keep in mind:

  • What would you change about your community?
  • How did individual experiences shape you today?
    • Experiences of loss; experiences of pride; experiences of happiness. Reflect and look at what led you to this day.
  • Reflect on your academic interests, hobbies, and methods of stress-relief.

Final Note

As a senior amidst the college process, I can say that every student has a boat-load of qualities that make them amazing. All you have to do is to figure out the hows:

  • How to talk about personal stories
  • How to portray the best part of yourself
  • How to make yourself absolutely appealing to colleges

Oh, and try not to stress about the interview. Besides, you are bright. In terms of individuality, you are out-of-this-world. You are a star.

Now, go show off your shine!


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