intellectus: Interviews can be horribly intimidating, but if you…

intellectus:

Interviews can be horribly intimidating, but if you prepare well enough, feel confident in yourself, and keep your cool, then you’ll do amazingly! Here are some tips on how to ace interviews in different situations, with some general tips thrown in for fun. Good luck, and hopefully something in here will help you out!

College Interviews

Tips

  1. Know plenty about the college you’re applying to. Highlighting a particular attribute you love about the college as well as having a good general knowledge base shows the interviewer that you are sincerely interested and have done your homework.
  2. Be able to describe why you are a good fit for the college. Interviewers want to ensure that you’re a good candidate both in paper and on person, so consider things you’ve done that show character.
  3. Choose a favourite book and be able to talk about it. College interviewers love to ask, so think about the impression you want to give beforehand and consider it carefully. 
  4. Have a question about the college that the website doesn’t answer. It shows your preparedness, and gives you a way to continue the conversation and demonstrate your interest in the interviewer’s perspective!
  5. Bring a copy of your academic resume. Interviewers will see you as more prepared, have a concrete reference for their write-up, and have talking points during the interview for anything interesting that’s on there.

Resources

  1. Collegeboard Big Future
  2. Princeton Review Tips
  3. CBS 13 College Interview Questions

  4. Emma Willard Advice & Sample Questions
  5. 13 Tips for Skype Interviews
  6. College Interviews: The Basics

Scholarship Interviews

Tips

  1. Be able to tell the interviewer why you deserve the scholarship. Don’t simply rattle off your achievements, but rather present yourself as the student most aligned with the scholarship’s mission and the most ready to succeed.
  2. Make sure to link your accomplishments to the scholarship’s mission statement. Scholarship providers often have pillars (like philanthropy, promoting the community, etc.) which you should uphold.
  3. Don’t be afraid to take a moment to think about oddball questions. It’s better to give a well-developed and thought out response to which vegetable you’d be than bumble through it simply because it was unexpected!
  4. Know your application essays well. I’ve been asked to elaborate on my community service plans and why I chose to do band because of my essays, so knowing the topics well will undoubtedly help you out and show passion.

Resources

  1. BYU Sample Scholarship Questions
  2. EIU Sample Questions & Tips
  3. 10 Common Scholarship Interview Questions
  4. Vanderbilt Interview Tips
  5. 5 Tips for successful scholarship interviews

Job Interviews

Tips

  1. Make it seem like the company needs you. When asked why you want the job, address how the company will benefit from employing you, and not how you will benefit as a person.
  2. Bring materials. Have letters of recommendation, a resume, and your portfolio (if applicable) on hand. Make sure to have multiple copies in case there are multiple interviewers.
  3. Research the employer. Know the company history, its mission, recent events, and the values/vision it advertises. Tailor your presentation of yourself to match those ideals. 
  4. Determine your greatest strength and weakness. You will likely be asked this question, so be able to give an example, demonstrate how you have overcome your weakness, and how you have used your strength.

Resources

  1. What to Wear to Your Interview
  2. Interview Tips from @elkstudies
  3. Group Interview Tips
  4. How to be Good at Interviews by @marias-studyblr
  5. Telephone Interview Tips
  6. Jobs & Careers by @study-well

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academiix:i don’t know about you, but every time i step into the library, i am amazed again and…

academiix:

i don’t know about you, but every time i step into the library, i am amazed again and again at how much knowledge is stored in a single building. there is so much to discover in a book; so much intelligence and creativity spilled in the pages and i just want to live long enough to read until i know at least a little bit of everything.

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hey, do you have any tips for writing a personal essay?

Hi! I’ve just finished transfer applications, so I have a few tips that I picked up during the process. 

  • Start early! I’m talking a month at least
  • Your rough draft should be rough. Don’t be afraid that it will suck, because it will – just start writing.
  • I probably wrote 15 different versions of each essay I turned in. Don’t be afraid to change directions if one just isn’t working out!
  • Make a list of values that are most important to you, and then show them those values. Do you love to help others? Tell them about a time that you reached out to someone and made a difference. 
  • Write a different essay for each school, or at least tweak the same essay a little for each school.
  • Read the school’s website. What do they talk a lot about? What seems to be important qualities in students? Show them that you’d be a good fit.
  • Why should they let you into their school? What will you do to bring them some recognition in the future?
  • Why do you want to attend that school? How will it help you achieve your goals? Be specific.
  • Show them that you’ve done your research,
  • Don’t be afraid to talk yourself up! Brag a bit, just don’t sound like a jerk. 
  • Don’t try to sound too intellectual. There’s this episode of Friends where Joey is writing and uses a thesaurus for every word and ends up signing it “baby kangaroo tribiani”. Bottom line? Admissions officers can tell when you’re sucking up. Use strong words, but not words you would never use in real life. 
  • Make your essay stand out. Add in a good hook, and some interesting stories if you can. 
  • Proofread and have multiple other people proofread. It’s worth it.
  • Free writing is a lifesaver for brainstorming

Good luck!

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