The Great Personal Interview

 

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personal interview tips for college students

In layman terms an interview is a conversation between two people who want to know about each other keeping their respective agenda in their minds. An interview is a chance for you to meet with someone who represents the institution. It's a way to show your interest in the institution, to start a professional relationship with persons involved there and to show what you're all about.

Important Note -  The interview will count, and will decide your chances of your admission.

Points to be earmarked - Before the interview.

  • Make sure that you have received a copy of their interview call letter (soft copy/ hardcopy) in case you come to know about the interview. OR Make an interview appointment with one of the colleges you want to attend.
  • Mark the date and time on your cell phone, calendar, etc. with a reminder set for the D-day
  • Research about the college by checking out its website, brochure and if possible with some professors, alumni and current students.
  • Make notes about your education background and high school experiences.
  • Make sure you do make notes about why you want to attend a particular institution.
  • Make notes about your life outside the classroom, including extracurricular activities, community service and hobbies etc.
  • Make yourself acquainted with common interview questions and do a bit of practice with your family /friends. You should take turns being the interviewee and the interviewer to have a fair bit of understanding about what goes inside an interviewer’s mind.
  • Prepare questions about the institution to ask the interviewer.
  • Gather all relevant documents you might need, such as test scores and a high school transcript.
  • Choose appropriate clothes to wear for the interview, Causals can be given a miss in this case.
  • Get directions to the interview venue and make sure that you are not late by any chance.

Points to be earmarked - After the interview.

  • Once you get back, make notes about the interview, both positives and negatives that you might feel necessary.
  • Store any business cards with contact information that the interviewer and other admission staff offer. It might come in handy at a later stage.
  • Send a thank-you note to the interviewer. Thank the person for his or her time and refer to something specific that you discussed which might remind him/her of you so as to bring a connect between you and the interviewer. Doing so also tells the interviewer certain positive traits about you.

Face Your Fear

Most of the students, who appear for college interviews go through this dilemma of what am I going to be asked for the interview, as the interviewer is free to ask you anything under the sun. Students have to understand that they are not going for a position of senior authority in federal government jobs. So it is basically all about certain general questions that are put forward and the candidate is expected to answer them in as simple manner as possible while showcasing that how he can be of value addition to the institution and the culture. In a nutshell a candidate has to convince the interviewer that he/she has it inside him/her, what it takes to be a part of the institution’s community.

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