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Top 4 Common College Interview Mistakes

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The college interview is a good precursor to your first real job interview.  Both interviews have profound implications for your future.  In that regard, consider preparing for the interview as if you were trying to land your dream job.  The college interview process can be stressful, but remember that the college is also trying to make a good impression on you.  There are certain mistakes many applicants make that can end up leaving a bad impression, which can hurt your chances of getting in.

Some of the mistakes are as follows:

·      Not researching the school.  Put adequate research into the school in which you’ll be applying to.  Don’t go into the interview thinking that each interview will be the same.  Don’t ask generic questions just to ask.  Asking too simple of a question can be just as bad as sitting there with a confused look.  Think about what factors are important to you and ask questions that show you are familiar with the school.

·      Being shy.  Your interviewer wants to get to know you.  It makes it difficult if you answer every question with a “yes” or a no.”  Go into the interview with a sense of confidence and show them who you are.

·      Being too brash.  On the flipside, you don’t want to come across as arrogant.  It can seem a bit off-putting if you go on for too long about how you are so great at this and amazing at that.  Use any follow up questions the interviewer may have concerning your accomplishments as a chance to go into further detail about your experience.

·      Make a prepared speech.  Saying a speech you rehearsed numerous times can come across as sounding artificial.  In order to sound more natural, have a general idea of the stories you’d like to share, then further shape your answers as the conversation progresses.

For more information on how to prep for the college interview, contact Dov Landau, the Director of College Admissions at Top Test Prep. Top Test Prep is the elite one on one tutoring and admissions company featuring some of the best and brightest tutors and admission experts in the business.   Dov can be reached at 202-618-4474.

 

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