College Interview Preparation

So the college you are applying to and are very interested in wants you to come interview. Sounds daunting, nerves rise to the surface, the palms of your hands start to sweat and you think, how can I present myself in the best light possible to make a great impression? Alexander Graham Bell said “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success” and I couldn’t agree more. Here is some information on college interview preparation.

People tell me that I present well and make it look easy. With every presentation I make there are hours and hours of preparation to make it look easy at the time I’m in front of the audience. It is this philosophy of preparation that I bring to my students who come to me for interview preparation.

My first step is to send my student my Interview Packet, which outlines not only frequently asked college interview questions but also suggestions for thought provoking responses. After all, this college interview is not to make up who you are but to present exactly who you are in the best light possible. Within 10 days to 2 weeks prior to the students interview date I set up my initial meeting with them to review the questions, their potential answers, appropriate phrasing and thoughts and typing them all into their personal interview packet document. I then ask them to go back and practice, practice by reading the questions and answers, doing so out loud and in front of a mirror. We then get back together for our second interview prep session a few days prior to their interview to do a mock interview, over and over again until they feel comfortable.

My students tell me after they interview that they felt prepared and comfortable. That is my goal and what I strive to achieve with each one of them. Coming to Signature College Counseling to help prepare you for your college interview will alleviate your nerves and provide you a sense of preparedness when you walk in and shake the hand of the person who you will be speaking with.

As Confucius says “Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.” Prepare, prepare, prepare.