How to Ace Your Admissions Interview

The college application process can seem daunting. From crafting a powerful personal statement to ensuring that your stellar extracurricular experience will impress admissions officers, students spend countless hours perfecting their applications in hopes that their application will stand out.

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While not always a mandatory component of the application process, the admissions interview can be nerve-racking. However, we firmly believe that it shouldn’t be: the admissions interview is your chance to truly let your admissions counselors get to know you and to find out if the university is right for you. At John Cabot University, we believe that the interview is fundamental in determining if a student will fit well into our international campus community.

Here are our best tips for acing your interview:

  1. Relax and be yourself. The interview is simply a conversation, and it allows our admissions counselors to get to know why you are a good fit for JCU. Just relax and let your personality shine through, and we are sure that we will be impressed by you and your many accomplishments.
  2. Think about your answers in advance. Brainstorm answers to the questions that your interviewer will most likely ask, such as your strengths and weaknesses, your high school academic and extracurricular experiences, and most importantly, why you think that John Cabot is the right university for you. If you are particularly nervous, practice your answers in front of a mirror or with a friend. Try not to practice too much though- you want to make sure that your answers sound authentic, rather than overly rehearsed!
  3. Be professional. Remember that this is a professional interview, and you should address your interviewer accordingly. College is often the first time that students live away from home, and your admissions counselor wants to be sure that you are mature and ready to live independently. Avoid swearing, negativity, and being overly casual with your interviewer. And if you are meeting in person, dress appropriately!
  4. Remember to thank your interviewer for their time. If you have your interviewer’s email address or phone number, a simple thank-you email goes a long way.

If you have any questions about setting up your admissions interview, email us at [email protected]. We can’t wait to get to know you!

Learn more about applying to John Cabot University.

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