Admit it, interviews are becoming common in the landscape of college admissions. The question Crisp Consulting + Coaching often hears is “Do these interviews really matter?” The answer is yes but the weight of the interview varies with each school. The Ivy League and other highly-selective schools will offer interviews and consider these interviews to some extent in their admission decisions. This week we would like to offer a few insider insights about the interview and college admissions.
Plan for it. Rising high school seniors should arrange for on-campus interviews during the summer. These interviews should target the top five to nine schools of your college list. It is critical to call the admission office for each school and inquire about logistics. Many schools have limited interview capacities and spaces fill quickly.
Plan on it. Schools are relying on interviews to better understand an applicant and to convey the positive aspects of their institution. As applicant pools are continually growing, smaller schools such as Carleton College, Haverford College and Wake Forest University strongly encourage the admission interview. These schools utilize the interview to determine the candidates strengths and interests in attending. Forgoing an interview could cost you the price of admission.
Plan to do it. Once your application is received, many colleges and universities will have alumni contact the applicant to schedule an interview. Accept this invitation as it will demonstrate to the school your interest and enthusiasm in attendance. For these interviews prepare to share you passion about the school since alumni are swayed by a candidate’s knowledge of their alma mater.
Admission interviews are becoming more integral to acceptance and preparing for these interviews is as critical as grades, test scores, activities and essays. Plan on every aspect of the interview as a strategy for college admission success.
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Brian D. Crisp is an independent educational consultant with Crisp Consulting + Coaching who works with families in Asheville, Charleston, and Savannah to optimize and realize their unique educational fit and admission success. As a former professor, administrator, and teacher, Brian has the knowledge and skills to counsel families in all aspects of educational planning.