By Jonathan Mayheart
There are many factors that make a great interview, but the
most important of all are the answers. Your college interview
preparation must start by thinking of all the possible
questions that you may be asked, and some questions that you
will want to ask too.
Why research and focus on the questions?
Most applicants feel that they know what they want, and that
their life has, in some way drove them to this point, trying
get into a college to peruse the career that they want.
I certainly hope you know why you got to this point in your
life and what made you make the choices that led you here. The
overwhelming majority of candidates know this, or think they
do, but a lot of them has never said it out load, had their
reasons criticized and undermined, or had to ague about
of their decision making. A college interview basically comes
down to that, think that you are talking with one of these
pessimistic people that always find the fault in things, and
that you need to show that person that you are the person for
the job, now stop thinking and start talking!
This may sound crazy, but trust me, its not. Start talking
about your reasons, about your life, what you are passionate
about and many other things, but talk – really – speak out
load, slowly, make small comic remarks, add a little color to
your sentences and personal comments about decisions and
certain periods in your life. Talk while you drive, while you
take a shower, while walking to school or walking your dog,
before going to sleep… while watching a boring TV show, the
important thing is to let it out and listen to how you sound,
how IT sounds, because this is the way its going to sound the
day of your college interview. And for this you better
Practice answering tough, directed questions about your
experience, motivation and goals, be prepared to draw
colorations between your experience and what seems to be the
need of the institution. For example, if you are applying to a
course that requires strong analytical skills, you should have
example ready to demonstrate your strong analytical skills.
Some questions may involve topic like college admissions, be
prepared for that too (research college admissions).
The following questions will provide you with some ideas and
get you started thinking about potential interview questions:
Why did you choose this program, why do you feel that this
particular school is good for you, what do you know about this
program and this school? What are the most important skills
attributes an applicant needs to be successful in this
What are the characteristics of a successful student in this
course in college?
Preparation is key to success on the interview, so try and
think about the interview before you are actually there,
consider the things discussed here, and good luck in your
About The Author: Jonathan Mayheart, specializing in BioData,
has been studying and researching interviews. He recently
a few articles for
collegeinterview.zupatips.com/providing tips and advice
regarding college interviews.