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.
- 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.