Meeting With The Addmissions Officer

meeting with the college admissions officerSo you’re on your way to an interview with the admissions officer and you’re not quite sure what to say or what to think.  Your palms are sweaty; knees wobbling.  The last thing you should do is be nervous for one of these interviews.  In the grand scheme of things, the interview is probably at the bottom of the admissions officer’s considerations.  Most schools do not even require one, it's just a good idea to sit face to face with someone of authority and introduce yourself.  Put a name with a face and clear up any questions you have about the school or any spots on your academic record.

Putting Things In Perspective

You are interviewing them just as much as they are interviewing you.  Remember it’s your money, commitment, and education that are at stake.  We certainly are not suggesting being a prude, on the contrary.  Be respectful, speak proper English, and ask intelligent questions.  You want to make the best impression you can with this person because they are the ones holding the keys to their endowments.

Getting Prepared for the Interview

Knowing what kinds of questions may be asked will help you be confident and relaxed.  Below are a few stock questions admissions officers like to ask.

  • What are you looking to take away from your college experience?
  • Why are you considering this school?
  • What area of study have you decided on?
  • Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
  • What classes are you taking in high school?
  • What do you feel are your strengths? Your weaknesses?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • What do you feel about recent events in the media?
  • Who has been the most influence on your life and why?
  • What is your favorite book and why?
  • What books have you read in the last year?

A Little Word Of Advice

The best advice we can give is to be honest and sincere.  Admissions officers have been at this a long time and can pick up on students who are feeding them nothing but icing instead of cake.   Here are a few more tips to consider before you take the plunge:

  • Don't be late!  Many people are taught never to trust a person who is unaccountable with their time
  • Feel free to discuss your achievements but avoid a laundry list approach.  The achievements should be meaningful and relevant to how they have helped shape your life.
  • If the conversation turns to subjects that are less positive like spots on your academic record or your weaknesses, remain calm and collect and don't be afraid to talk about them.  Being able to do so confidently shows signs of maturity.
  • Be presentable!  You can leave your fancy wedding attire at home, but don't wear a raggedy Nirvana t-shirt either.  Spit out your gum, sit up straight, and don't forget to smile!
  • Be confident and speak clearly.
  • Avoid using words like dawg, hommies, and other slang words.  Just speak in proper English.
  • Stay away from thinking words like "um", "like", and "you know".

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