The details and structure of a college interview varies among colleges. The person conducting it may be alumnae, current student, admissions staff, or faculty member. Additionally, the location of the interview may be on campus, off campus, or on the telephone. The interview may be informational, evaluative or both, which is the case for some Higher Education Opportunity Programs (HEOP). Sometimes the interview can be scheduled before the student applies and other times it happens after the application materials are submitted. All to say that the interview process is specific to each college so mentees should plan accordingly.
Tips for the College Interview
Encourage your mentee to do the following:
- Know the type of interview.
- Research directions to the interview and arrive early.
- Dress appropriately and neatly. If your mentee does not have formal wear, encourage them to wear their neat uniform.
- Take their time with answering questions. It is not a race. Remind your mentee that the person in the interview wants to hear what they have to say.
- Above all, the interviewer wants to know that your mentee can be a great fit to the college and that the college is a great fit for your mentee.
- The mentee should research the school before hand and know exactly what interest them in the particular college.
- The mentee should be prepared to talk about who they are in a positive light and what they want to do at the college.