Private school admissions interviews can be nerve-racking for students and parents alike when you don’t know what to expect. The advice and resources below will help you prepare for the big day by answering your interview questions and familiarizing you with the admissions process.
Admission representatives interview hundreds of students. The best way to stand out is for students to relax and have an authentic conversation about their interests and experiences.
Admission officers want to know that students are invested in their school. Taking the time to review the school’s website and prepare questions about programs of interest shows sincerity.
It’s simply a conversation. Interview practice helps students get comfortable, but over-preparing can lead to undue stress and appear scripted. Aim to strike the right balance for your child.
Interviews typically occur between October and December for schools with traditional January application deadlines; however, rolling admissions schools or those with openings to fill will schedule interviews year-round.
Prior to an interview, you are also encouraged to get to know the school through an open house or school fair, an additional step that helps your family develop a rapport with the admissions team. Visit when an activity of interest such as a drama performance, art exhibit, or soccer game is taking place to fully experience the school’s atmosphere.
Most schools require families to complete their online application form before scheduling an interview. Schools may vary on whether all aspects of the application—student essay, recommendation form, parent statement, admission testing, etc.—must be submitted prior to the interview, but it’s helpful to provide this information in advance if you can. When in doubt about the requirements, it’s best to ask the school.