Phone Interview Tips for College-Bound Students

Phone Interview Tips for College-Bound Students
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    For high school students preparing for college, an interview may be part of the college admissions process.

    Some interviews are conducted in person on campus, while others may be over the phone.

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Either way, you need to be prepared for your interview and although you won’t see the person interviewing you, you should comport yourself as if you were in the same room with that individual.

1. Get dressed, get ready. Certainly, you don’t have to wear a suit or a dress to your phone interview, but you may find that you’re ready for the interview if are dressed and ready to take on the day.

2. Sit up or stand. The way you sit for an interview can impact how you come across to the interviewer. Sit upright in a chair or stand. You will be better prepared mentally and more attentive if you assume a business-like position.

3. Just smile. Your interviewer will never see your smile, but smile just the same. A smile can lift your mood and convey your enthusiasm. A smile helps you concentrate on what the interviewer is saying. No need to feign cheerfulness — it will come out naturally when you smile.

4. Speak clearly. Avoid chewing gum when interviewed. Keep water handy if your throat is dry, but don’t sip your drink when your mouth is near the receiver. Enunciate your words and speak clearly.

5. Demonstrate enthusiasm. Your interviewer will ask you several questions and will listen carefully to your response. If there is something about the school that you like, then say it. Again, show enthusiasm. Avoid rambling and uneven responses — get to your point!

6. Maintain professionalism. No, you are not being interviewed for a job. Yes, there are some similarities between a college interview and a job interview. One similarity is professionalism, something that you must always convey. Remember your manners, avoid using slang, don’t answer with “huh?” or “what?” if you miss something. Saying “please” and “thank you” can go far in any interview.

Interview Thoughts

Arrange for an interview at a time that is mutually convenient for both parties. If you are not a morning person, then ask for a 2 p.m. interview. Be ready for your interview 10 minutes ahead of time and if the call is late, allow for the interviewer to call in before placing a call yourself. Prepare your own questions and ask them.

ReferenceUniversity of Notre Dame, Career Center: The Phone Interview

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