How should I prepare for an admission interview?

Evan E. LippEvan E. Lipp
Vice President for Enrollment Management
Assumption College

Being interviewed can be difficult at first, but it’s a skill that gets easier the more you practice. One of the best things someone being interviewed can be is comfortable. Practice what you're going to say and try to anticipate some of the questions they might ask. You should also do a little bit of research into the school beforehand, not necessarily into dates and statistics but into the programs the school offers and how that might mesh with the course of study you intend to pursue.

The most important thing you can to do to prepare for an interview is to decide how you're going to tell your story. Your interviewer is curious about you: Who are you? What have you done? What do you hope to do? It’s up to you to tell them. You should be able to let the interviewer know about work you've done and the things that are important to you, as well as how you think the college they're representing can help you achieve the goals you've set for yourself.

Lastly, think about the questions you want to ask. A good interview is a dialogue, an exchange of information; your interviewer will be happy to answer any questions you might have about the school, so it’s a great opportunity to gather information.

The interview is your best chance to put a face to your application; it transforms you from a stack of papers into a living, breathing person for them to consider. Let them know who you really are.

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