When preparing for college admission or scholarship interviews, begin by developing a strong resume to summarize and highlight your most valuable academic and personal accomplishments. In one page, summarize what is most important and impressive about you. Then, use role-play to rehearse from the opening introduction to the closing handshake. Expect to be asked about examples of your academic and personal accomplishments, which are already highlighted on your resume.
Be prepared to talk about your academic self. What is your academic self? It is the part of you that takes classes, writes papers, solves problems, conducts laboratory experiments, and studies for tests. Interviewing for college admission means you are looking to extend your academic work to a higher level and for an extended period.
College admission interview questions may focus largely on academics. Typically there is time also to discuss your strongest achievements beyond the classroom and those other qualities that make you stand out among your peers. In addition, prepare good questions to ask the interviewer about the college resources available to meet your academic and personal goals.
Give your resume to the interviewer. This will let you focus on a few accomplishments and let the resume summarize the rest. Also, it will be available to remind the interviewer of specifics he or she might forget before completing an evaluation of your interview later. Many college interviewers are highly-trained, mature students. However, no matter how close in age to you the interviewer is or how friendly the conversation, the interview will likely result with an evaluation or rating that will be added to your application file.
Finally, your resume can be distributed to others who might have an interest in your candidacy such as coaches or professors who might advocate for your admission. And, should you seek a campus job, internship, or summer job later, your resume will be ready.
Here are real life examples of how resumes benefited students:
- A student who had done advanced research described the details on his resume and gave it to his admission interviewer. The interviewer shared the resume with an interested professor who contacted the student, requested a copy of the full paper and advocated to have him admitted to study in that department.
- A student whose resume highlighted participation in an engineering competition found she was eligible for college scholarships that required demonstrated interest in science beyond courses.