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The benefits of a college interview


Tuesday, August 30, 2011
While not all colleges and universities require students to participate in an interview, this formal exchange between an admissions officer and an applicant may provide a leg up during the college admissions process.

CollegeBoard.com, a higher education research organization, states that while some schools do not offer applicants the chance to interview, others make it optional or even mandatory. However, whatever the school’s policy, you should request an interview if you feel that your transcript, test scores or application do not accurately reflect who you are.

If you do sit down with an admissions officer, you should consider the benefits that this opportunity can yield. According to CollegeBoard.com, choosing to meet with school officials can demonstrate how serious you are about a particular college and helps admissions officers put a face with an application. While an essay and transcript can paint a picture of your personality and accomplishments, an interview lets you go one step further and communicate the value you can bring to a campus.

During a college interview, you will be asked a number of questions. According to an article by Gen & Kelly Tanabe on QuintCareers.com, some of the most common queries are why would you like to attend a specific school, what are your goals for the future, and what are your strengths and weaknesses.ADNFCR-16000756-ID-800586879-ADNFCR

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