The application process requires students to complete a personal interview. Be prepared to answer any of the following questions during your interview.
What are your academic areas of interest at school?
What school or community clubs and organizations do you belong to?
Do you have any hobbies or personal areas of interest?
Have you ever held a leadership position in a club or other organization?
What inspires or motivates you?
What are your plans upon the completion of high school?
Describe your ideal high school program.
How do you study?
How long do you study each day?
What books have you read for pleasure lately?
How do you react when you are exposed to a point of view that differs from yours?
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
When it comes to an interview, body language plays an important role in the decision making process. Positive words paired with negative body signals can hurt your chances of selection. Here are some things to remember as you participate in the interview.
DRESS: It is important that you dress appropriately for your interview. Do not wear gym clothes, flip-flops, ball caps, or any other casual wear that makes you seem less than serious about the interview.
SMILE: Put on a happy face. Keep it on—even when you are talking. In addition to smiling when talking, pay attention to how you talk. Don’t speak too slowly or too quickly. Keep your voice expressive, but not too loud. Do not have anything in your mouth, such as gum or candy.
EYE CONTACT: Look at people when they are speaking and when you are answering. Not looking at them when they are speaking shows you aren’t paying attention to what’s being said. Looking away or looking down when you respond usually means you don’t believe what you are saying. There is a difference between maintaining eye contact and staring. Smiling while maintaining eye contact prevents the eye contact from developing into a stare.
POSTURE: When you slouch, you look tired and weak. Keep your head up and your shoulders back. When seated, lean forward a bit, bending at the hips. Leaning toward the interviewer shows interest. Clasped hands and crossed arms are perceived as negative.
HEAD: Maintaining eye contact and good posture will keep your head horizontally and vertically aligned. This straight-head position is an authoritative position. Use it when you are responding. When in a listening mode, tilt your head slightly to one side and nod slightly to show understanding.
HANDS: Fidgeting always suggests nervousness. The easiest way to eliminate fidgeting during an interview is to occupy both hands productively. Take a notebook or portfolio with you so you can take notes. Use one hand to steady the portfolio on your lap and the other to write and make gestures.
LEGS: If you adopt the note-taking, non-fidgeting position mentioned above, the legs are taken care of. If you don’t, you must be careful of toe-tapping, knee-bouncing, ankle-crossing and uncrossing, etc.
SPEECH: In addition to smiling when talking, pay attention to how you talk.
BE SURE TO SAY THANK YOU TO YOUR INTERVIEWER AS YOU LEAVE.