Articles tagged with College Interviews

How to Prepare for Alumni Interviews

How to Prepare for Alumni Interviews

The following piece was written by Rachel Korn. Rachel has been featured in our Admissions Expert series and is a former University of Pennsylvania admissions officer, as well as the founder of her own admissions consulting firm.   Regular Decision admissions deadlines have passed and you may now want to interview with alumni. What are the advantages? Why do schools do this? How can you prepare? When your application becomes “complete,” a school may automatically contact someone near you to invite you to meet (alumni are given your contact information and high school – nothing more). Some schools only reach out i ... Read More About How to Prepare for Alumni Interviews

How to Approach an Admissions Phone Interview

How to Approach an Admissions Phone Interview

Interviews are stressful enough, but having to make your first impression over the phone can make things even more difficult. There are so many things to think about when approaching an interview. Your facial expressions, your handshake, your hand gestures, your suit of choice, etc. So much of that goes into what these people think of you, so it would seem like the phone interview makes it impossible for you to get these great things you have to offer across. But fear not; just because you cannot physically be in front of the person does not mean you cannot still send a positive energy over to them. Let’s look at one clear benefit you g ... Read More About How to Approach an Admissions Phone Interview

How to Approach Questions After an Admissions Interview

How to Approach Questions After an Admissions Interview

“So, do you have any questions for me?” This is probably the one admissions interview question you forgot to prepare for. You remembered to go over your reasons for applying to this school, leadership stories from past clubs and organizations, and your academic aspirations, but you did not come up with any inquiries of your own. Ironically, this is one of the most important and telling parts of an interview. It may not feel like it, since this question is snuck in at the last minute just when you are wrapping up your conversation with happy relief, but be warned: it is not as much of a conversational throw-away as the admissions o ... Read More About How to Approach Questions After an Admissions Interview

Writing a Thank You Note After an Interview

Writing a Thank You Note After an Interview

There is one little mistake many students make that can sometimes hurt the final impression they make after an admissions interview.  What is that tiny mistake?  Not sending a thank-you note. It is extremely ironic how often this happens.  The task of writing a thank-you note is so simple, so quick to do – and so overlooked.  You may feel like this idea is pointless.  You had a lengthy interview with this admissions officer and genuinely thanked them in person with a firm handshake and bright smile.  Wouldn’t it be a little repetitive to thank them again?  No.  The answer is no. Remember, t ... Read More About Writing a Thank You Note After an Interview

How Colleges Make Admissions Decisions

How Colleges Make Admissions Decisions

How colleges make admissions decisions In about 30 seconds. Hours of tedium and toil into your application, schoolwork, extra-curriculars and SAT/ACT all comes down to a quick 30-second yes or no. The sad truth is, that’s usually how colleges make admissions decisions. In 2012, Rachel Rubin, a doctoral student at Harvard, surveyed 75 of the most competitive colleges regarding admissions processes. Her research revealed that there really is a black-and-white approach to some admissions, despite the constant claim “we look at students holistically.” College admissions have multiple steps to go through; however, most don&rsqu ... Read More About How Colleges Make Admissions Decisions