Tip 2: Do practice for your college interviews

This article is part of a series, 10 Tips for Acing Your College Interviews.

Lionel Messi training, Reuters

All good performers practice. Another useful analogy to keep in mind is playing a sport, like soccer. If you’re Lionel Messi, how do you prepare for a game? You practice.

First you do drills to fine-tune the fundamental skills of the sport–passing, kicking, trapping, tackling, moving to open space. Then you work through controlled game situations with your teammates—one-on-one, two-on-two, clearing the ball, give-and-go, etc. Finally, you scrimmage—you play in conditions as close to a real game as possible.

That, my friend, is what the app Foyl will help you with. Here’s what I recommend you do with app:

  • Read through the Do’s and Don’ts.
  • Read through the Sample Questions. Mull them over in your head.
  • Come up with ideas for answering the questions, using the suggestions provided.
  • Jot them down in the Note feature of the app.

Imagine yourself in an interview situation. Imagine how you’ll look, how you’ll act, how you’ll respond. Then practice answering the questions and record them in the app. Listen to your responses and think about what you’re saying, how you’re saying it, and what you can do to improve.

If you spend a few hours doing this—preparing and practicing—you’ll be in great shape for game day, when it’s your moment to shine.

Dr. Sean

Dr. Sean

Co-Founder at Readerly
Dr. Sean has over a decade of teaching experience at universities in the US and Asia. He earned a BA with honors from Columbia University and a PhD from the University of London. You can read more about his teaching and research here.
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