5 Best College Interview Tips – TopTestPrep.com

5 Best College Interview Tips – TopTestPrep.com

October 26, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Voiceover: Top Test Prep. Maggie: Hi, everyone. My name is Maggie and
I’d like to offer you a few tips towards your college interview. Now not all colleges require an interview of their applicants, but if you do have one coming up make sure that you pay
attention to your body language because often what you’re
not saying can leave as much of an impression
as what you are saying. Body language can presents a
lot of pitfalls for students because they’re so nervous
and they get so wrapped up in providing the perfect answer that they’re not paying attention to
everything else that they are presenting to their interviewer. So from the very
beginning, you want to have good eye contact and a strong handshake. It may sound silly, but
practice with your parents about giving a strong handshake. You want to make sure that
you’re giving off that confidence right off the bat. Now secondly, another interview pitfall that you’re going to
want to pay attention to is your posture throughout the interview. Are you sitting up straight? Are you sitting still? Are your legs shaking
underneath the table? Again, your body language is
going to tell the interviewer whether you’re confident,
whether you’re engaged no matter what you’re actually saying, so keep that in mind as well. Another thing is how you
dress for an interview. Even if your interviewer says, “Let’s meet at a Starbucks for coffee.”, something very low-key like that, make sure that you’re
wearing business casual wear to show that you take this
interview very seriously and that you want to leave
that good impression. Again, even if your interviewer shows up in jeans and a shirt, the fact that you took
the effort to dress up and to present yourself well,
will leave a good impression especially because this
interviewer is going to be seeing a lot of other students
and if you’re the only one who shows up in jeans, well
that’s going to leave a not so great impression
on your application. And finally, remember to smile. It’s fun, it is nerve
wracking I assure you but it’s also fun to just kind
of talk with an interviewer about what you’re passionate about and what you’re involved in. This is just an opportunity
to share your stories with just someone casually over a cup of coffee or something like that. So don’t take it too seriously, just remember every once
in awhile that you’re happy and that you’re confident and
that you’re really engaged in what you’re saying to the interviewer. If you need any more help preparing for your college interview, we’d be happy to offer you assistance. Feel free to give us a
call at 1-800-501-7737.