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Why exactly do colleges have interviews during the admissions process?

Hey everyone, I'm kinda curious and a little bit stressed about this whole interview thing. Can someone explain to me why colleges actually conduct interviews? Like, what are they looking to understand about us that isn’t already in our application? Are all interviews evaluated the same way, or does it vary by school? Any tips on how to prepare would be also super helpful!

8 months ago

I understand that interviews can seem daunting, but they're actually a great opportunity for you to add a personal touch to your application. Interviews allow admissions officers to evaluate qualities that are difficult to measure in writing, such as social skills, enthusiasm, and fit for their college's community. They often want to see how you communicate in a one-on-one setting and if you can think on your feet. Not all interviews are evaluated in the same way. Some are informational and meant more to answer your questions about the school, while others are evaluative and factor into admissions decisions. To prepare, review your application to remember what you’ve shared with them, think through your reasons for wanting to attend that particular institution, and practice speaking about your experiences and interests with confidence and clarity. Remember, it’s also a chance for you to evaluate the college and ask questions to determine if it's the right fit for you. Good luck!

8 months ago

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