December 15, 2022
5 min read
College interviews are an extremely stressful part of the college application process. Many high-schoolers, including me, lost sleep cramming for these interviews. However, these interviews aren’t nearly as scary as they appear to be at first.
Let’s delve right into tips that will help you leave an impression on your college admissions committee!
One of the best ways to prepare for these college interviews is by practicing sample questions. According to Forbes, mock interviews are very helpful in preparation for these interviews. Try getting friends or family to ask you a few questions before the interview like:
Answering these questions will get your thoughts rolling and get feedback from your peers. This will give you a good base to work on and engage in meaningful conversation with your college interviewer.
Your interviewer will likely ask you a few obvious questions. Practicing responses to these will help you make your answer precise and interesting. Here is a more exhaustive list of common college interview questions for you to practice with links that have tips on how to answer them!
Record yourself and listen to your answer on Yoodli! Yoodli’s AI-backed speech coach can help you identify areas of your speech that need improving and also help you reduce filler words. You can also assess your body language, the amount of eye contact you’re making, and self-evaluate your performance.
Colleges want to believe they’re your top choice, and that you’re genuinely interested in them and will enroll if offered admission. Many colleges use demonstrated interest as a factor in the admissions process. Therefore, it is vital that you research these universities before your interview. They must get the sense that they are perfect for you in addition to you being perfect for them. Here is a list of things you can research about the college before your interview to show genuine interest:
According to US News, 13.7% out of the surveyed colleges in a report rated demonstrated interest as considerably important while 25.5% said that it was moderately important. This is testament to the fact that researching these universities thoroughly is essential and a well-informed interviewee will definitely stand out.
It’s cliche (we know!), but it cannot be stressed enough. It is common for high school students to get lost in the process of projecting themselves to be perfect. “What is your favorite book?” is a common question. Remember to stay concise while demonstrating your curiosity.
Here’s what you should NOT pick:
Here’s what you SHOULD pick:
As much as this interview is meant to be a casual conversation to get to know you, you must not lose sight of the fact that it is still an evaluative interview. Professional body language makes an impression – from wearing semi-formal or formal outfits, to maintaining eye-contact and speaking confidently. You do not want to come across as extremely nervous, nor do you want to come across as lethargic and lazy.
Here are a few things to keep in mind before your college interview:
Please remember that college interviews are not the end of your life! These are just a part of the application process and a bad interview does NOT kill your chances of admission. Alternatively, however, a really stellar interview shall also not make up for your lack of test scores or activities. These interviews are meant to get to know you better, and put a face on your resume. Nevertheless, the concern around interviews is valid, and hopefully these tips will help take away some of it.
Now that you know what you have to do, you can get cracking with your interview prep and practice your answers on Yoodli. Record yourself answering the questions, and listen in without the pressure of an interviewer, peer or family member! Use Yoodli’s transcription tool to make sure what you’re saying is clear and understandable. Lastly, just remember to be calm and go for the interview with a clear mind. Don’t overthink! We believe in you.