How do I train for college interviews with a strong pool of applicants?
Preparing for college interviews can be daunting, especially when you're up against a strong pool of applicants. Learn how to stand out and make the most of your interview.
7 steps to train for a college interview with tough competition
Step 1, 2, 3: Lay the foundational work
- Start by researching the college and its programs to become familiar with what they offer and what makes them unique.
- Develop a list of questions you can ask during the interview regarding their offerings, as well as your own qualifications for admission.
- Practice answering common questions that may be asked in an interview such as why do you want to attend this school? Or how did you prepare for this opportunity?
Step 4, 5, 6: Ramp up the difficulty
- Prepare thoughtful responses on topics related to yourself, such as extracurricular activities or any personal achievements that demonstrate your commitment and dedication towards academics or other interests outside of class work. This increase relevancy.
- Mock interviews are also a great way to practice responding effectively under pressure from another person.
- Have someone coach you through different types of scenarios so it feels more like a real experience when the time comes for actual interviews with admissions officers at colleges.
Step 7: Non-verbal cues create the final impression.
- Finally, remember that confidence is key: maintain eye contact throughout conversations; speak clearly; dress appropriately but comfortably; smile often – all these little things will make sure both sides know just how serious you are about attending their institution!