An admission interview is an important part of the boarding school admissions process. To help you make the best impression possible, we’re offering these Boarding School Interview Tips.
Be on time
Arriving on time for your interview is an important first step. If you’re traveling to campus from afar, make sure you accommodate for traffic and potential delays. Admission offices typically have comfortable waiting rooms if you’re a few minutes early, or if you have a lot of time to spare, drive around the local town to see what the community is like. Admission offices can get busy, and your appointment might be the only time available that day; missing it could mean you don’t get to interview or have to reschedule. If you’re concerned about travelling to campus, you could always check with the admission office to ask about potential traffic concerns or get advice on what you can do around town if you’re early.
Pay attention to the dress code of the school, and do your best to abide by it. If the school requires a blazer, slacks, and tie, then it would serve you well to dress in that fashion. If you’re not sure what the dress code is, check the website or ask the admission office. Want more tips on how to dress for your interview? Check out this blog.
Know the school and why you're applying
One of the most disappointing experiences for an admission officer is when students don’t know anything about the school they’re applying to or why they’re applying. Before your interview, read up on the school a bit and familiarize yourself on the basics. It’s ok, and even encouraged, to ask questions, but don’t ask something basic like, what grades does your school offer, or, do you have soccer? This information is easy to find online for most boarding schools. And when your interviewer asks why you’re applying, “because my mom told me to” shouldn’t be your answer. Have a real reason why you want to apply, like the IB program or a competitive football team.
Have something to say about yourself
Your interviewer wants to get to know you, so you should be prepared to talk about yourself. Share your passions, your strengths, and even areas in which you need more work. Showing that you’re aware of ways in which you can improve and grow shows maturity. It doesn’t hurt to have some unique tidbit about yourself either, like a hidden talent or unique goal in life. Not sure what to talk about? Check out these three ways to stand out in your admission interview.
Ask a question
Asking thoughtful questions shows you’re interested in the school, and invested in learning more. Have a few questions in your pocket, because you might get some answers naturally during conversations with your admission officer. Check out this blog that outlines seven questions to ask during your boarding school interview.