College admissions are one of the most daunting parts of a human’s life in our country. At the time when high school students are applying for colleges, it seems like their whole life depends on it.
People start saying that your average income throughout your life, your friend circle, the nature of your job, and even your future relationship with your spouse are affected by whether you are able to get into a good college or not! Thus, it makes all the sense in the world that you desperately want to get into a reputed educational institution and we are here to help you through it.
One of the most significant stages of the college admissions process is the interview stage. The truth be told everyone who progresses to the interview stage of the admissions process of a top-notch college already has pretty much proven in terms of academic transcripts and standardized test scores.
The way to stand out from the heaps of high school students who have applied for being in the respective college is by doing well in three things: the common application essay that, as the name suggests, is common for many of the colleges you are applying to, the college supplements that are individualized written works you have to submit to show that you will be a good fit in the specific college the supplement is of, and, last but definitely not the least, the all-important interview.
To help you with this interview stage, we will not only be listing down but will also be elaborating on the many ways in which you can ace this interview:
Invest In Good Infrastructure
It is understandable if you, as a high school student, are struggling with finances. But, if life is not about making the right investments at the right time, then what is it about?! The truth be told, investing in a top-notch infrastructure to do your best in college interviews is the best way for you to spend your money right now.
You need to get hold of a laptop with a processor fast enough to run basic programs seamlessly and with a camera that is able to get a quality picture of you. Conversely, another thing you can do is get hold of a webcam of good quality if your laptop functions well but just does not have a good camera.
Go For A Quality Internet
It does not matter how fast the processor of your laptop is if your internet is not speedy. Just think about it this way. You have the speediest laptop in the world but interviews are done over internet-based applications such as Zoom and Google Meets and if your internet is slow, your call will be laggy. You need to have coverage that not only makes receiving information easy but also vice versa. Thus, both the upload and download bandwidths should be high.
Alongside being speedy, the connection should also be reliable. After all, no interviewer on Planet Earth would love a very fast connection for a few minutes followed by interruptions in internet signals. In the case that you do not have the sort of internet connection emphasized above, go ahead and subscribe to Xfinity internet. Xfinity is known for speedy and dependable internet.
Prepare Your Answers
Yet another advantage of having a strong internet connection is that you can research the specific college and program you are interviewing for. Look for a certain professor or project in the program that piqued your interest. When you mention that in the interview, it will send a message to the interviewer that you are an intellectually curious person who is actually interested in the program and can perform research. Alongside, make sure to research answers to common interview questions. These may include:
- Tell me about yourself
- What is your favourite book?
- Why our university over all others?
- What is your biggest strength?
- What is your biggest weakness?
- Which achievement of yours are you most proud of and why?
- What are your hobbies?
Even if you do a lot of research, there is a good chance that you will forget all of it during the interview because you will be so nervous. Thus, it is important that you note down everything you have prepared and have it handy during the interview.
Remember that the only reason they called you for an interview is that they are impressed by your academic profile and college application. We hope you get into your dream college!