In-Person Interviews for the Older NY Private School Student

by NYC Firm Schools on June 28, 2009

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Older students who are interviewing with prospective NYC Firm Schools often find themselves facing their first real in-person interview with no “back up parent” in sight. While tests and essays are a skill that have been honed throughout the years in school already, interviewing is a skill set that simply hasn’t been a part of most students’ repertoire.

Your potential school already has your transcripts, test scores and essays. The administrator is well-versed with who you are on paper, what your achievements are and what your goals are. What they don’t know is who you are as a real person. Goals and interests on paper pale in comparison to a conversation with a student who is truly passionate about their dreams. What makes you melt into the crowd on an essay can make you stand out alone in an interview.

Tips for in-person interviews with Firm Schools

  • Stay Calm: Administrators understand that anyone (most everyone!) can get apprehensive during an interview. You won’t lose points for being nervous so don’t worry about it.
  • Avoid Fillers: “Actually,” “Like” and “Um” are filler words that are common in everyday conversation with your friends and family, but have no place in an interview situation.
  • Honesty: The school already has your transcript so telling them that you’re an A student when you’re clearly not isn’t going to help your situation. If your grades have seen a recent slip, tell them what your plans are to achieve better results.
  • Question and Answer: Answer the administrator’s questions as best you can. If you don’t know an answer, tell them that you don’t know instead of reaching for what will probably be the wrong answer. When the time is right, have your questions prepared. Remember, you are also interviewing the school to find if it’s a good fit for you.

In person interviews for NY Firm Schools are often a source of great worry until they are over and you realize that it just wasn’t that bad.

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