Is an Admissions Interview Important?


Do you really need to prepare for a college interview?

Q. Some of the colleges I'm looking at recommend an admissions interview. What's involved in this and how important is it? If I have an interview, how should I prepare for it?

A. If a college recommends an interview, then it's important. They want to be able to make the best possible decision about your "fit" at their school. Seeing you in person or talking to you over the phone helps them determine how well you think and articulate your thoughts, and how serious you are about being there. It's yet another way for them to learn more about you, which will help them decide if you're "right" for their school.

To prepare for the interview, think carefully about your personal goals and reasons why this particular school will help you meet them. Be confident in what you have to offer the college. Talk about yourself and your experiences with honesty and enthusiasm.

Remember, the interview helps you too. You may learn some things about the school that help you decide if it's a good match for you. So think of the interview as a "getting-to-know-you" conversation with a potential friend.

Above all, trust God to use the interview to give you direction. Relax and trust that God will help the interviewers see who you really are and make the right decision about you. The outcome is really in God's hands, so you can approach the interview with comfort and with confidence.

Written by Judy Moseman

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