Tip 6: Do take the lead in your interview

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

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One of the most important things you’ll be asked to do in college is take ownership of your education.

You choose a major. You choose the courses you take. And beyond the courses you take, you begin to craft the story of your own life.

Cynics may say that college is the last layer of daycare. But it’s also your first bold step into adulthood. So why not show some initiative? If you’re already doing this, awesome!

If not, here are a few suggestions on how to take the lead before, during, and after your interview:

  • Arrange your own college admission interviews.
  • Make or answer the phone calls and emails.
  • Set up the appointments.
  • If the interview’s at the college, you be the one who checks in with the receptionist.
  • When the interviewer arrives, stand up straight. Look the person in the eye. Offer your hand. Give a good, firm handshake. Thank them for taking the time to chat with you. Smile.
  • Be gracious.
  • Be attentive.
  • A day after the interview, send a hand-written thank you note to the interviewer. In it, mention 1 or 2 specific things you both discussed.

As I said in the Do tip Prepare, an interview is a performance—and part of the performance is acting like a college-educated adult would.

Dr. Sean

Dr. Sean

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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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