Jill Buccola

  • Written by Jill Buccola Do you find yourself frustrated by college applications that consist mainly of grades and standardized test scores? An admissions interview is a perfect opportunity to lessen that frustration. Some colleges allow or even require students to interview with alumni or admissions representatives. This is highly recommended in the admissions process at Hillsdale College. An admissions interview can be a crucial way for you to showcase your interests, abilities, and character, and it allows your application to “come to life.” But the word interview can cause even the most extroverted and confident of college applicants some serious butterflies and sweaty palms. So here are some tips to make the interview work for you: Relax and be yourself. Choosing a college, and a college choosing you, is about best fit. You don’t want to trick a college into thinking you are someone you are not, because then the next four years of your life will be highly uncomfortable. In addition, a false front is difficult to keep up and could make the whole interview nerve-wracking for you. Your admissions representative wants to know who you truly are, because they have your as well as their college’s best interests at heart, and only the truth is going to advance both of those causes. Be willing to go deep, but don’t over-talk. An interview should show more about you than your other application materials can, so don’t settle for shallow, three-word answers to each question. Open yourself up and allow the college admissions representative to see and hear more of your thought processes, attitudes, and interests. We are each very complex human beings with unique ways of gathering and processing ideas and experiences, and almost every college admissions representative is the type of person who is fascinated by understanding individuals...
 

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