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"Why Are You Interested in Our College?" - Interview Tips

By February 5, 2014

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"Why are you interested in our college?" It seems like such an easy interview question, and it is -- assuming you've done your homework and have some specific answers to provide. Comments about wanting a college degree and a good paycheck aren't going to impress the interviewer, nor will comments about wanting to go where your friends are going. The best response will show that you've researched the school and have identified distinctive features that excite you. Many colleges place significant weight on how well your application "demonstrates interest" in their school. The interview (this question in particular) is a great place to demonstrate that interest. When you answer this interview question, you need a response that is focused on the college's unique identity. Generic answers that could apply to multiple colleges won't convince the interviewer that your interest in his or her college is sincere.

So, if asked "why are you interested in our college" (and you probably will be asked this common question), follow these interview tips to make a positive impression and avoid typical pitfalls

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October 5, 2010 at 10:41 am
(1) Planning for College says:

Very good topic! So many prospective students go into a college interview unprepared. Doing a little “homework” about your potential school can make all the difference.

October 17, 2011 at 8:56 am
(2) Felicia Gopaul says:

The preparation for college interviews is the key to college admission, especially when majority of the applicants will face there first interview at that moment. You must be able to shine in that short amount of time.

October 23, 2011 at 9:30 pm
(3) Diane says:

Being prepared is a good thing and can help you stand out from the pack, and can even make the difference between being accepted.

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