The college interview is one of the most important parts of the admissions process and the one that you have the most control over. It is the best way for you to show the college why you belong there. An interview can also be the most productive part of the process. It can open a lot of doors compared to the little amount of time spent actually being interviewed.
The best approach to an interview is the exact opposite of what most people think it is. Many people believe you should research a bunch of colleges, pick the ones you like, and then try to schedule an interview. The opposite approach is more productive. You should first try and schedule interviews, and then research the schools. It seems backwards doesn’t it? But why spend all your time getting your hopes up and researching a school, only to be denied an interview? If you schedule an interview first, you will know that your time will be productive. You will also have a timeline for what you need to get accomplished and when.
When you begin your research, the best place to look for information is the Internet. You can find out a lot of information about the school, what types of programs they have, and what kind of students are enrolled there. After you know about the school, tie it to yourself. Think of reasons why you would be a good fit at that particular school. When preparing for the interview, imagine possible questions that they may ask you. If possible, talk to another student who has gone through this process. They should be able to give you an idea of the interview questions you will be expected to answer.
On the day of the interview, be sure to arrive at least 15 minutes early. During the interview, stay positive. You have prepared and should do fine. Speak clearly and use good eye contact. How you say something is just as important as what you say.
After the interview, take a deep breath. Hopefully, you have done as well as you liked. If not, remember that this is only one part of the process and it will not condemn you entirely. Also, if you believe it is appropriate, send the college a thank-you letter for the interview. Every little bit helps.