Dear juniors and parents:
Interviews can be held on-campus or with a regional alumni interviewer in your community. Colleges are reducing the availability of on-campus interviews, due to the increased numbers of students applying, the lack of available staff, and the desire not to disadvantage students who cannot afford the travel. Alumni interviews are an excellent alternative. Take advantage of all opportunities because interviews are a critical way to demonstrate interest in your colleges.
What a beautiful spring to visit colleges! We hope you are enjoying your explorations of campuses near and far. As you choose colleges to visit and refine your college list, one area that often seems confusing for parents and students is the college interview. Which colleges should you interview at? When should the interviews take place?
Students should research the policy of each college on their website to find out whether they offer on-site interviews and how you can register. Schedule and participate in interviews for your most preferred colleges, as well as the colleges that are located close by.
Nearly all colleges offer alumni interviews, and they are triggered when the student submits their application, so students do not need to undertake any action at this point. The regional admissions officer will contact the student either by email or phone call to schedule the interview. The interviews typically occur in public places, such as Starbucks or the local library, but occasionally occur by telephone or Skype. Some colleges, like MIT, have a cut-off application submission date for receiving alumni interviews.
Therefore, it is of utmost importance that you check all your colleges' interview policies online.
Feel free to schedule a mock interview appointment before your first scheduled college interview. Be prepared to answer specific questions about yourself and the college, and you will receive extensive feedback about your interviewing skills.
I am happy to answer any questions that you have about college interviews!