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Jun 23, 2016 | Harrison College

Five Ways to Prepare for a College Admissions Interview

A college admissions interview can seem like a daunting task, but remember that it is your opportunity to meet with someone who can help you get started on your future path. It will allow you to ensure that a particular college is the right place for you, and will allow you to make a positive impression on the college and show them that you are a right fit for them. 

Jessica Barrett, Director of Admissions at Harrison College in Anderson, administers college admissions interviews on a daily basis. In Jessica’s words, here are her top five tips to best prepare for your college admissions interview:

1)    Be ready to meet one-on-one

Bringing a parent or friend may be helpful if you are not making the decision solely on your own, but usually you will sit down with someone who wants to get to know you and your interests. That’s right, just you and the interviewer. Be prepared to answer questions geared toward pointing you in the right programmatic and enrollment direction. Don’t hold back during this visit. This is the time to build a relationship with someone who is helping you with your future! 

2)    Have directions

I am not sure that I can think of anything worse than a prospective student who shows up late. Actually, I could think of a few other things, but be sure to be prompt. The best way to help determine how much time you need to make it to the interview is to know exactly where you are going. An address should be provided to you by your admissions representative when you schedule your interview. If one isn’t, don’t be afraid to ask. Many colleges have mobile apps that list their campus locations and provide directions, like us! It is a good idea to know exactly where to go once you have arrived at campus, as well as who to ask for. If for some reason there is an issue of arriving on time, a courtesy call is always appreciated. 

3)    Dress professionally

First impressions are everything. Having a sense of style shows individuality and expression. However, it is important to think of an admissions interview much like a job interview. You want to show good hygiene and dress like you mean it. By showing up in appropriate attire, you demonstrate professionalism, maturity, and a sense of being put together. I do recommend wearing slightly comfortable shoes as you could experience a tour of the campus. Check out our Dress for Success article on additional attire tips!

4)    Show the real you

Much like in a job interview, this is the time to demonstrate who you really are. Be ready to communicate passion, dedication, and excitement. The more you are engaged, the better the interview will go. If your parents or another support system forced you to be there, it is going to show. Try to remember to take a notepad so you can ask questions as well as write information down. Don’t be afraid to share your story. By asking more questions, the representative can tailor the interview to you and what you need to be successful. 

5)    Be ready to commit

This can be a tough one. You know you want to go to college but you have 100 things in your way, right? Be ready to discuss those potential obstacles and determine a way to overcome them. You have to trust in the decision you are about to make and believe that it will allow you to move forward with the beginning of a better life. 

If you are ready to learn more about Harrison, request more information or simply walk in at your nearest campus. We’re here to help!

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