Make the college interview work for you

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Does the idea of an interview make your palms sweat? You’re not alone. Don’t fret though. A college interview isn’t just a chance for you to make a great impression; it’s a chance for you to get a really good feel for whether a school is right for you. Here are some ways you can make the most of it.

•    Do your homework. Learn as much as you can about the university before your meeting. You don’t want to waste the admissions officer’s time asking them questions that could have easily been answered on their website. After that, write down a list of things you’d like to know about the school.

•    Dress the part. Most schools recommend that you wear business casual clothing to an interview. This might mean a blouse and skirt for a young woman and slacks and a sport coat for a young man.

•    Think through your answers. Talk with your high school counselor about what the admissions counselor is likely to ask you so you can think through your answers ahead of time. For example, many admissions counselors will want to know what interests you most about their school and what you can contribute to their campus.

•    Have a conversation. Don’t memorize a script. Be yourself and have an authentic conversation.

•    Be on time. We can’t emphasize this enough. Avoid delays by getting your clothes ready, mapping your route, and finding out about parking options before your interview day. Give yourself plenty of time to get there.

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