How Important is Interviewing in College Admissions?
Applying to colleges is inherently stressful. In the heat of the application process it’s easy to forget that this should be an exciting time. It’s not about getting into one coveted college, it’s about opening up to the future and to the possibilities that will unfold. Nevertheless, for many students the pressure of putting forth the best possible application remains.
For students who apply to colleges that require interviews, the thought of sitting down for a one-on-one talk can bring added stress. Many students simply don’t know how to interview and are not comfortable telling a complete stranger about themselves. That’s where coaching can help.
In keeping with the spirit of True Voice, I want to be clear that when it comes to college admissions, interviews are NOT at the top of the list for admissions offices. Many schools no longer offer or require interviews. Some schools offer interviews but don’t weigh them heavily. Other schools do consider the interview to be an important part of the application. (You can find a partial list of colleges that offer or require interviews here)
So why should you consider college interview coaching? There are a number of reasons it might make sense:
If your child is considering applying to a school that offers or requires an interview, coaching can help make the most of the opportunity.
I always tell students the interview is NOT going to get them into a school. They have worked hard to be good students, to be good members of their school communities, and to pursue their passions outside of school. Their grades, test scores, and extracurriculars made them strong applicants. Now they just need to find ways to stand out from the crowd.
The interview offers a chance to see a different side of the applicant. An effective interview may get an admissions officer to pause and consider the application with a fresh eye or a new perspective. That’s how an interview can make a difference.
Interview coaching will also assist with essay writing. The sessions will help your student think about who they are and what they have to offer to a school. Applications should paint a compelling and authentic picture of the applicant. Coaching can help develop that unique voice.
Interviewing can help students make informed decisions about colleges. Interviews are a two-way street and if they are used correctly, students can gather information that will help them decide what kind of institution is going to be best for them going forward.
Effective interviewing skills have benefits far beyond college admissions. When a student is applying for an internship, or a job, or just learning to network, the ability to connect with people through storytelling is a skill that will always serve them well.
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