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Ten Step Guide to Interviewing

The following suggested  interview outline is designed to cover a number of relevant topics with logical transition from one to the next. You will find a natural flow to your conversation…

GREET THE STUDENT

  • Introduce yourself.
  • Explain your connection to Bates – year of graduation, volunteer involvement.
  • If there is a family member present, politely make it clear that the interview is with the student only.

CONVERSATION STARTERS - help the student overcome any pre-interview jitters.

  • Where is the student from?
  • How was the trip to the interview?
  • Explain that the student should feel comfortable asking and answering questions.

TALK ABOUT THE STUDENT’S COLLEGE SEARCH - this is a good starting point for interview questions.

  • Tell me about your college search…
  • At what point are you in your search? Have you visited any schools?
  • What kind(s) of schools are you looking at? How are you deciding where to look?

TALK ABOUT THE STUDENT’S HIGH SCHOOL / CURRENT COLLEGE

  • Where are you going to school now?
  • What do you like / dislike about the school?
  • (If a private school or college / university) – How did you choose that school?

TALK ABOUT THE STUDENT’S FAVORITE COURSES / SUBJECTS

  • Tell me about your favorite courses or subjects…
  • What sparked your interest in those areas?
  • Are these areas you hope to pursue in college?

TALK ABOUT THE STUDENT’S FAVORITE EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

  • What keeps you busy in addition to your classes?
  • Why is ______ your favorite activity?
  • What activities would you like to continue in college? Any new activities?

ASK THE CANDIDATE IF S/HE HAS ANY QUESTIONS

  • This is particularly important if the candidate has not asked any questions by this point.
  • Note the thoughtfulness of the student’s questions.

WRAP-UP

  • Is there anything you would like to talk about that I neglected to ask? This gives the student an opportunity to share something of importance that has not been covered.

CHECK WITH THE PARENT / GUARDIAN / SIBLING

  • If the student was accompanied to the interview, ask if the parent / guardian / sibling has any questions (remember, the student is interviewed alone.)

OFFER FURTHER ASSISTANCE, COMMUNICATION

  • If you wish, reiterate your name and contact information in case s/he has further questions.
  • The student may also call the Admission Office at (207) 786-6000.

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