12 Important Tips When Preparing For Your College Admissions Interview

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Madeleine Karydes
Madeleine Karydes

Madeleine attended UC Berkeley and double-majored in English and Media Studies. She is now an integral part of the Empowerly team.

You may have heard of college admissions interviews from your high school counselors or online resources. College admissions interviews can be quite daunting, but they don’t have to be!

There are several steps you can take to prepare for your interviews, including turning to college admission counseling for guidance. Whether you plan on only applying to rolling admission schools or have several schools in mind, being prepared for an interview is always a good idea.

Read more about how to ace your college admissions interview below.

1. Start with College Counseling

College counseling is a great place to start preparing for your interview. Our experienced college counselors will walk you through the interview process, answer any questions you may have, and help you practice.

2. Schedule Your Interview As Soon As Slots Open

College admissions interview appointments tend to get snatched up pretty quickly, so try to schedule your interview as soon as possible.

3. Dress For Success

Whether you are meeting through Zoom or in-person, first impressions are important! Choose an outfit that highlights your confidence and maturity.

4. Always Be Yourself

Being genuine during your interview and with the interviewer allows you to gain a real connection. Remember to highlight your best self to the interviewer.

5. Do Your Research

Look into all of the programs and activities that the college offers to impress your interviewer. Asking detailed and informed questions will help show off your interest.

6. Be Conversational

During the interview, try to have an authentic conversation with the interviewer. Try not to memorize a script, which can make you sound like a robot!

7. Show Off Your Enthusiasm

Showing your interest and enthusiasm to the interviewer can help you stand out. Tell them why you are interested in their school and give specific details!

8. Have Handy Responses

 Interviewers are often on a tight schedule, so make sure that your answers are short, sweet, and to the point. However, don’t be afraid to elaborate on things that might have an impact.

9. Ask Questions

You should prepare a list of questions to help you learn more about the program, and make an informed decision. Asking questions will also show the interviewer that you prepared in advance for this interview.

10. Send A Thank You Note

Whether you choose to mail or email it, a thank you note can show your attention to detail and thoughtfulness.

11. Follow Up

In addition to sending a thank you note, call or email the school with follow-up questions to further show your interest.

12. Relax And Breathe

There is nothing to be afraid of, and we’re sure that you’ll ace your interview! If you need any help practicing or planning for your interview, our college counselors are here for you.

If you have any more questions or need more help preparing for your interview, Empowerly is here to help guide you through this process.

Questions? Let us know!