How to Rock Your Interview

By Colleen Smith, associate director of admission

Interviewing season is upon us!  One of the best parts of working in admission is getting to have one-on-one conversations with every single applicant.  It’s great fun for me, and with any luck it will be painless for you too.  Here are a few tips to help you be successful in your interview:

  1. Complete your paperwork in advance.  We ask you to complete Steps 1 & 2 prior to your arrival on campus.  Non-native English speakers should also submit the Video Consent Form.  Boring, but it’s helpful to have this information ahead of time.
  2. Dress comfortably.  Unless wearing a suit feels like second nature, you’ll be much happier (and much less fidgety) in everyday clothes.
  3. Don’t feel compelled to bring a resume.  Some students do, and that’s fine, but don’t be offended if it doesn’t inform much of our conversation.  I’m more interested in delving into the why than the what.
  4. Rest assured that we will see resume material later in the application process.  Rather than trying to find a subtle way to work your awesome SSAT scores into conversation, use these twenty minutes to talk about what we won’t learn about you from statistics.
  5. Be prepared to discuss something that was difficult for you.  I know you want to show yourself in the best possible light, and I promise you that I’ll try to keep 95% of our conversation positive in tone.  But since nobody glides through school without having a single challenging moment, I want to know how you react when things get tough.
  6. Spend some time reflecting on the kind of school you’re seeking.  Interviews are best when students can get specific.  Try to go beyond “good classes” and “nice faculty.”
  7. Come prepared with a question or two.  This will show me that you’ve done some research into George School and/or have thought about what kind of place will make you happy (point #6).
  8. Relax (if you can).  My goal is for you to leave the interview feeling like it was a friendly chat, not an interrogation.
  9. It’s okay to be a normal human being.  You don’t have to spend all your free time saving the world and reading improving literature.  Like to hang out with your friends and read Harry Potter?  Guess what — we do too.

If you’re interviewing soon, good luck, and we look forward to meeting you!

PS Can’t make it to campus?  We also offer interviews via Skype. 

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