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Job Interview Tips and Tricks

job interviewHave you gotten all your college applications completed? Have you finally been hearing back regarding early acceptance? Well there is no reason to worry if you have not heard back from your top choices. Some colleges require an interview before making their final decision whether it be their campus or in your hometown. College interviews really shouldn’t make you or break you but it could help you. Be prepared for the interview with these easy pointers.

Think of your interview as a job interview. You are going to want to go in prepared and ready to answer any questions he or she might ask you. Some of these questions can include:

  • Why do you want to attend our school?
  • What can you you contribute to our campus?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • What would you consider your greatest weakness? Strength?
  • What do you want to do after college?
  • If you could change one thing about our school what would it be and why?

Just be prepared and think of some answers to the questions before you go in. As long as you have done your research on why you want to attend that specific college or university (which I’m sure you have), you should have no problem. Don’t forget to compile some questions for your interviewer as well.

So what are some good questions to ask your interviewer? Allen Grove from About.com says “in general, anything that presents you in a positive light and pushes beyond what you can learn from the college’s website and brochures”. Some excellent questions Groves came up with are:

  • “What would you say is the most remarkable feature of your college that isn’t presented in your brochures or on your webpage?”
  • “I see that all of your first-year students participate in service learning. In what kinds of projects do they often participate?”
  • “If I major in psychology, are there likely to be any opportunities for me to do an internship or work with a professor on research?”

Some tips to remember before going in to your interview:

Be yourself. Why would you want to be anyone else? Seriously though just be yourself and be confident. Do not lie and tell them what you think they want to hear because chances are they have heard it a lot of times before. There was obviously something that really stood out in your application to warrant an interview.

Have a real conversation. No one wants to talk to a robot and no one wants to talk to someone that is only answering in mono-toned, one syllable answers. Make small talk with your interviewer and try to connect with them on a personal level. Once you connect with them on a more personal level (compared to talking about only the weather) it will be harder to forget you and also easier for them to picture you at their college.

Use these tips, tricks and advice when planning for your college interview! Good luck!

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