What NOT To Do in An Admissions Interview

We recently covered how to properly prepare for an admissions interview, but do you know what you shouldn’t be doing? When it comes to these meetings, you absolutely shouldn’t be showing up late, dressing inappropriately, seeming disinterested, or chewing gum.

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DON’T Go In Unprepared

One of the worst things you can do when it comes to your admissions interview is go in unprepared. Nervousness is absolutely fine and expected, but being unsure how to answer certain topics can present the wrong image. It shows that you’re not that invested in the interview or, as a result, the college, especially if you’re not asking your own questions.

Although technically you won’t know the exact questions you will be asked, there is enough information online to have a good idea of the topics the interview will cover. Students will generally be asked about their passions, interests in the college, their goals, and other relevant information. Individuals being interviewed should also go in with their own questions for the interviewer. Take time to think about your answers, research the school to develop your own questions, and do a mock interview with a trusted adult.

DON’T Show Up Late

Whether a job or college interview, it always sets a bad impression if you show up late! This is your chance to make a great first impression and showing up late may hurt your acceptance chances. And if you’re too late, the interviewer may even cancel the meeting, resulting in a rejection.

If being late is unavoidable, make sure to call the college and talk to the appropriate person. Explain the situation. This thoughtfulness will go a long way and may help to save the meeting.

DON’T Underdress

Failing to dress appropriately will absolutely set a bad first impression. Give thought to how you present yourself. Take time to choose an outfit, comb your hair, wash up, and other things you need to do to look your best.

DON’T Make a Speech

Although you may think going in with a well rehearsed speech will give you an edge, it won’t. These interviews are generally structured and have to happen within a certain window. A speech could cause the interview to get off track, and the interview has to cover certain topics. Think of the meeting more as a formal conversation with much back and forth and input from both parties.

DON’T Seem Disinterested

One of the worst things you can do with your college interview is seem disinterested! This interview is your chance to show exactly why you should be accepted, and things like one-word answers or gum chewing can severely hurt your ability to get an acceptance letter. Do the research and prep to ensure you’re putting your best foot forward and absolutely showing the college you’re interested.

Knowing what to expect when it comes to your college interview is one of the best ways you can prepare and ensure it goes off without a hitch.


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