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Can you walk me through a typical college interview?

Hello friends! Could someone please explain how the college interview process usually goes? What should I expect during the interview, and are there different formats depending on the college (like virtual vs in-person)? Any insights would be super helpful!

7 months ago

Hello! Absolutely, I'd be glad to help you understand the college interview process. Generally, college interviews are a way for admissions committees to get to know you beyond your application. You can expect a conversation that centers around your interests, experiences, why you're interested in that particular college, and your future goals. Often, they'll ask you to elaborate on activities or experiences you've mentioned in your application.

Most interviews last between 30 minutes and an hour. It's a good idea to come prepared with questions of your own, as it shows you're engaged and have done your homework about the school. Remember, the interview is also for you to learn more about the college and see if it's the right fit for you.

As for the format, interviews can be either virtual or in-person depending on the college's policies, the availability of interviewers in your area, and sometimes your own preference. Make sure to check with each college's admissions office for specific details on how they conduct their interviews. Some may use alumni interviewers, and others may have admissions staff conduct interviews. No matter the format, dress neatly, be punctual, and approach the conversation with confidence and curiosity.

One key tip: before your interview, review your application and be prepared to discuss anything on it, as interviewers often use your application as a springboard for questions. Also, try to come up with some strong questions to ask your interviewer about the school, your intended major, or something offered by the institution—interviewers sometimes ask if you have any questions as a way to gauge your interest in the school.

Best of luck, and don't forget to follow up with a thank you note after your interview!

7 months ago

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