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Admission Interview Tips

Just as every student is unique and special in their own way, so too is every school different and distinctive for the benefits they offer.

Some schools are bigger and provide students with the ability to meet lots of new people, others are smaller and more intimate. Some schools offer many sport options while others have a stronger focus on the sciences. For every student, there is a perfect school and it’s important to be matched with the right school for you. Getting into that perfect school means you have to ace the admission interview.

Here are some tips that will help you ace any admission interview.

First Impressions Count

You must dress neatly for your interview. Your outfit shouldn’t be too loud or over the top. Your shoes should be neat and sensible. Make sure your hair, nails, face and teeth are clean and fresh. When you speak, make sure your voice is loud and clear. Pay attention to your tone, especially when you are reading aloud or reading a story.

Look at the people you are talking to. Making eye contact is a sign of confidence. Don’t look at the ceiling, floor or walls, as that appears that you are distracted or disinterested. Don’t fidget either.

Posture! Posture! Posture! Sit up straight during your interview with your hands on the table or your lap. When you are talking, especially in group discussion, try to use your hands a little and make gestures. Nothing too wild and crazy but some animation will be well received as it shows enthusiasm and confidence.

Be uniquely YOU!

If you’ve found the school of your dreams and managed to secure an interview, you will want to make sure that you perform your best and stand out from the crowd – in a great way!

You can do this by confidently showing the interviewer who you are and what makes you special. The interviewer will ask you personal questions and this is a good time to show a little personality. They may even ask you to talk about yourself in a personal presentation.

Introduce yourself. Include your age and where you are from. Discuss your previous schools and your hobbies. Talk about your favourite subjects at school and why you like them. If the conversation allows, tell them about your favourite book too and what it was about that you liked so much. If you play sports, it’s a good time to mention this and what position you play or why you enjoy it.