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by Jessi H '11

Being Interviewed for College

Being interviewed for college admissions can be an extremely stressful and nerve raking. Take a look at the tips below for a few hints to make your interview run smoothly.

(1) Do wear appropriate clothing; this can range form business casual to a breezy (long-ish) skirt. The way you dress tells a lot about you, and your interviewer wants to see a few basic things from your appearances: that you are a mature and respectable candidate.

(2) Do keep a smile on your face; your interviewer will appreciate your good attitude. When you shake their hand, try thinking of something that makes you happy, to make your smile seem genuine (note: Jolijt Tamanaha says, “I always think: ‘I want me some cheetos.’”)

(3) Do ask questions; your interviewer will feel confident that you are truly interested in this school for the right reasons (but don’t ask questions about parties, dating, etc.)

(4)Do emphasize your positive aspects; your interviewer wants to know what will make you an asset to the school.  (but don’t ignore any negative aspects that may be apparent from your transcript. You can turn these into positives, or at least explain them)

(5) Do use a sense of humor; the interview should feel like a conversation and thus making it more enjoyable will make them think of you in a better light.

(6) Do act comfortable; your interviewer will interpret discomfort as you being out of your element, implying that this is an act and that they do not know the candidate whom they are considering.

(7) Do be yourself; as cliché as it may sound, your interviewing is seeing many candidates and can tell who is being genuine. The conversation will flow most easily when you are using your mind and words rather than a speech your mom or dad prepared for you.

(8) Do remain confident; picking out details to use to compare yourself with to the people around you in the waiting room around you will only emphasize your nerves. (but do feel free to remind yourself you are as good, if not better, than them).

Lastly…

Do relax and congratulate yourself when it’s over.

By Mr. Lakhaney

TOK Teacher

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