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How to Behave During a College Interview

How to Behave During a College Interview


Our college expert Mark Kantrowitz answers your questions about college and financial aid.

Q: Some of the colleges that I'm looking at require an interview. How should I act in a college interview to ensure I don't blow my chances?

A: Your goal during the interview is to make good impression.

  • Practice hygiene: shower, use deodorant, brush your teeth, do not chew gum or smoke
  • Thoroughly practice how to answer questions and prepare questions of your own
  • Dress appropriately; do not wear revealing clothing or informal clothing and cover tattoos
  • Use the bathroom before leaving for the interview and don't drink a ton of water beforehand
  • Be polite and turn off your cell phone
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early
  • When you meet the interviewer, repeat their name in your head
  • Sit up straight and maintain eye contact without staring

If the interview is conducted using Skype Video or Google Video, try these tips:

  • Clean the lens of your webcam
  • Make sure you're in a professional space like an office or have a blank wall
  • Conduct the interview in a quiet room
  • Plug in your computer so it doesn't die during the interview
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