Once you have completed your college essays and sent in your college applications, you sigh in relief that you are finished with the college process, but in some cases, you aren’t done yet! Some institutions require (or at least recommend) that its students be interviewed by an alumni or admissions officer. Sure, this may sound intimidating and scary, but if done correctly, a college interview can be a great way to humanize yourself and prove that you are more than just a number.
As Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” In the case of interviews, good ‘ole Mr. Franklin was certainly correct. Some people might tell you to go into the interview unprepared because you don’t want to sound like a robot, mindlessly reciting memorized answers. Sure, you don’t want to sound like a robot, but you should definitely prepare some points about yourself that you want to highlight in the interview.
So, in order to prepare for your interview, you should consider the questions will likely be asked. First and foremost, your interviewer is almost guaranteed to ask you why you chose to apply to this school. Be prepared to answer this. Do research about the school’s history, the school’s culture, the clubs that you plan on joining, etc. The more passionate about the school you sound, the better. Do NOT memorize a response to this question, but rather plan key points that you want to mention. You want to sound as genuine as possible, but you will not sound genuine if you are simply reciting a memorized response.