Research the course and college
Make sure you thoroughly research the course and college. How well you research will show in the type of queries you ask and the way you answer the interviewer’s questions - don’t try and wing it as it will show.
In your research, you could also look for past questions asked by various colleges during interviews. The same ones are frequently asked by interviewers. You should be in a good place if you're ready to answer the following interview questions:
- Why are you interested in attending our college? (Hint: Use specific examples wherever possible! Your interviewer wants you to be as enthusiastic about their college as they are.)
- What do you want to do after you complete your time at college?
- When you're not in class, what do you like to do?
- What are three things about yourself that I wouldn't know based on your application?
- What is an example of a challenge, a failure, or a blunder from which you learned something?
Ask some questions
Don’t go for your interview with the mindset of answering questions alone. Your interviewer would expect you to ask questions about the college and the course you intend to study. Make sure your questions are smart as they will give an idea of how much research you’ve done about the course and the college. It’s a good idea to do this before the interview so that you’re not having to think on your feet.
Make a great first impression
You're unlikely to have met the team member who will be interviewing you previously; you may have spoken with them at a previous open event, but not in an interview setting.
Making eye contact with the interviewer, avoiding chewing gum, and making sure your clothing is clean can all make a big difference in your first impression.
Dress smartly and neatly. Make sure you ask the interviewer thoughtful and important questions regarding the course and the college. Show your enthusiasm for the topic. Make a great first impression, and you will not be easily forgotten.
A final thank you note
As a final tip, obtain the interviewer's name and contact information and send them a brief thank you note. Many college interviewers are often surprised by how unprepared many students are for their interviews. Make sure you're not one of them. As your interview approaches, be sure to prepare thoroughly and remember these pointers.