Interviewing at any age can be exciting, and also nerve-wracking. What will you talk about? How long should your answers be? What should you wear? Here are some tips that might help you through the interview process, no matter which school you’re visiting.
- Do some research about the school, and be ready to talk about why you’ve chosen to visit.
- If you’re interested in a particular activity or subject, express interest ahead of time that you want to meet or talk with someone at the school who can tell you more about that topic.
- Dress appropriately. You will be taking a tour and sitting down for an interview. Make sure you have on comfortable shoes.
- Try to arrive a few minutes early so you have a chance to relax and fill out any necessary paperwork.
- Relax, and be yourself! Interviewers want to get to know the real you. Don’t tell them what you think they want to hear. They want to know who you really are and what you actually like.
- Be confident. When someone (an admission officer, a student, a coach, a teacher) comes to meet you, stand up to meet him or her and offer a firm handshake. Don’t forget to make eye contact, too.
- Use the interview to show your interests and demonstrate your passions. It can sometimes feel uncomfortable to talk about all the cool things you do or what you’re good at, but trust us, every interviewer wants to hear about your passions, talents and pursuits.
- Try not to fidget. It is tempting to play with a hair tie or a watch, or to do something other than focus on the interview. Try removing all distractions ahead of time. Don’t bring your phone into the interview with you. Sit up straight and engage with the person interviewing you. The goal is to have a good conversation.
- Ask questions! Remember, not only is the interview an opportunity for the school to get to know you, it is also a time for you to get to know the school. Look over the school’s website ahead of time and know some basic information, but ask any questions you have. Your interviewer does not expect you to memorize everything.
- Be prepared to talk about what you’re doing in school, including books you’re reading, projects you’re working on or have completed. Also, be prepared to discuss a book you read in the last year. Another great way to prepare for your interview is to think about how you would answer some of the following questions. These are typical things that your interviewer will want to know about you. You can also search online to find more information on common interview questions.
- What are you most proud of?
- What activity or class would you like to try?
- What is your favorite class?
- Why do you think that Milton could be a good fit for you?
- What is your greatest strength?
Parents and guardians: Check out this site for interview and school visit tips directed toward you.
— Sarah Wooten and Lauren Nivison, Milton Academy Office of Admission