Not only does the interview give the college a chance to learn about you, but you will learn about the college as well. Whether you are meeting with an admissions officer on campus, or an alumni interviewer locally, you are helping them to form an impression of you (just like you are forming an impression of them). While there are many factors that go into an admissions decision, sometimes that little bit of perspective that comes from an interview helps to shine a light on getting to know you better.
Making the effort to visit the campus or sitting down for a virtual interview does not go unnoticed by the admissions department. It’s an indication that you are not only being proactive and serious about your college search, but that you also consider the school a strong possibility and good fit. Highlighting your passion for the school can only help you.
Over the course of my professional experience, I worked for many years with Harvard Business Schools College Counseling department as a consultant-- Interviewing students and helping them prepare for their interviews and creating their interview “tool kit”.
Additionally, for 30 years I have delivered coaching sessions that teach people how to present effectively, how to “sell” themselves and how to interview remotely.
I have 4 children and understand that often it is helpful to have an outside party work with a student. Working with someone other than their own parents, students often feel less anxiety and are more open to feedback!
I love this work and feel passionate about helping students articulate who they are!
Most students will want 2 of these 1 hour sessions:
1. You will meet with Nicole via Zoom and do a practice interview. The session will be recorded and then we will review how to enhance your answers, go through Do's and Don'ts and get your student prepared!
2. A follow up session where the student practices the concepts we discussed and finalizes answers. Seeing their before and after videos as we discuss what worked and what didn't.
Some students or parents would like to have additional time. Maybe it's another mock interview for a specific school, perhaps it's additional questions about getting prepared. I can also meet with parents separately to "fill them in" on how their student is doing and areas we worked on.
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