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spiffilicious05
post Jan 31 2005, 04:52 AM
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Okay, so, *help*

Columbia College called me today and had me set up and interview with an alumni for this Wednesday night. That's all fine and dandy but I'm supposed to be interviewed for an hour and I have no clue what to expect. Have any of you had any good/bad interviews with your said college/university that you could lend me advice to learn from?

Please? Any do's and don'ts would be greatly appriciated!

We're meeting at a coffee shoppe if that helps anyone...

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post Jan 31 2005, 05:16 AM
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Be completely honest with them; be aware of what you want or hope to gain from them; Find something that you can bring to the University that no one else can.

And above all, relax. It'll be fine. (Breathing also helps happy.gif)


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post Jan 31 2005, 06:15 AM
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Um, dress nicely, but not over-the-top. Smile while being as genuine and honest as possible. They will know if you're feeding them a line about anything, they do this for a living you know, so don't lie or tell them what you think they want to hear, because I promise they'll know. Play up your strengths and unique interests/experiences.

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post Jan 31 2005, 09:32 AM
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Top tip:

Be as relaxed as you can.

And also:
Don't be afraid to mention all the extra-currricular things you do including but not limited to: sports; any involvement with charities or community projects; any writing for newsletters, fanzines or websites; any groups you've belonged to; any live performance of anything (plays, music, juggling, but not lap dancing).
Ask some questions about the university to demonstrate an interest - again, don't forget the extra-curricular. Do they have a hangliding club, as you've always wanted to try that? Or canoeing, you've been doing that for years, and are keen to continue. These are examples - pick ones that you're actually interested in and talk knowledgably and passionately about.
Try and show your passion for whatever it is you're passionate about, that will go down a storm.

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post Jan 31 2005, 11:24 AM
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I figured out from mine that they like to know about you as a person, so go with what Jonman says on telling them about a passionate interest etc. Don't be afraid to make a joke or two about things, either. Shows you're human smile.gif


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post Jan 31 2005, 11:48 AM
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Eye contact. From the minute you get in don't let your eyes wander over the new surroundings; just smile gently, breathe, and look at the interviewer.

Also I find it helps to remember that they want to fill up their college placements so they want you and they're not going to try and trick you out with any really odd questions you wont be prepared for.


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post Feb 1 2005, 12:19 AM
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Thanks guys, those all really help. I'm just really nervous about blowing it because Columbia College is my first choice. There's just so much about the school itself and New York that I love.

And I don't mean the shopping and great clubs -- I mean the arts and museums and oppertunities smile.gif

One of my biggest worries is my interviewer buying me a cup of coffee that I will proceed to spill upon myself.


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post Feb 1 2005, 12:23 AM
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QUOTE (spiffilicious05 @ Feb 1 2005, 12:19 AM)
One of my biggest worries is my interviewer buying me a cup of coffee that I will proceed to spill upon myself.
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Might be worth wearing a dark coloured top tongue.gif

Hope it all goes well wink.gif


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post Feb 1 2005, 06:03 PM
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early night, be yourself....low cut top and bribary always helps too tongue.gif

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post Feb 1 2005, 11:35 PM
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Might be worth wearing a dark coloured top


Check that, I was already thinking about doing so.

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early night, be yourself....low cut top and bribary always helps too


Okay so I have a low cut black top and a nice new skirt -- but what should I bribe him with? tongue.gif rolleyes.gif


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post Feb 2 2005, 12:38 AM
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Cake, or pie? Mebe take a lill selection. If they don't accept, I'll take it off your hands laugh.gif

Failing that, I hear it's all about the Benjamin's wink.gif

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post Feb 2 2005, 12:46 AM
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QUOTE (spiffilicious05 @ Feb 1 2005, 12:19 AM)
One of my biggest worries is my interviewer buying me a cup of coffee that I will proceed to spill upon myself.
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I did that when meeting with someone interviewing me for an academic program at the college I go to. I laughed it off and called myself "quirky." I got in.

So, don't worry about the little things. It'll all work out in the end.


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post Feb 2 2005, 03:08 AM
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Thanks guys, I'm going directly to the interview after school tomorrow because I have some work I have to do for a class. I just hope everything will go ok.

Thanks again for your help!

*hugs for everyone*


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post Feb 2 2005, 05:42 AM
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A joke, to take your mind off things (Maybe): Remember: a Schlemiel is someone who goes around spilling coffee... A schlemozal is the poor idiot he spills it on... laugh.gif


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Cookies are always good for bribing people with, and if in doubt you could always tape the interviewer to the ceiling until they agree to let you in...

Anyway, I suspect you'll probably not see this until you get back, so I hope it went well!


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post Feb 2 2005, 05:11 PM
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This chick is one of those people who sells herself short. She'll do fine; we all know it. I love her so much and, believe me, the support and advice you've given her is highly appreciated.


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post Feb 2 2005, 11:31 PM
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...How did it go? Keep us posted!


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post Feb 4 2005, 02:30 AM
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So I had my interview last night and it went really well. We talked and talked and talked. A lot.

First he asked me questions and I felt like it was some sort of test and I got nervous. He asked why I wanted to go and one of the first reasons I gave him was because it was a high level college and I thrive off of competition. He said that there were other colleges of high levels too though.

To which I replied that that fact may be true but Columbia is in New York. A city with a large diversity of people and so many oppertunities. I love crew, journalism, theatre, and to debate -- thus all my interests are satisfied in that one place. I also told him that the atmosphere I felt on my visit there was wonderful, and I like to be able to see different people's view points and beliefs. I can debate with just about anyone objectivley, or passionately. I have friends that I've fought to the death with over one subject and then we go out for coffee afterwards. He also asked about the activities I do in my life and how are they meaningful. There were a few questions pretaining to my clinical depression and how I pulled myself out of it.

All in all I feel it went rather well. I may have spoken a bit too much but better too much than not enough at all I guess. He said that I have a wonderful outlook on life and that I am very well spoken and intelligent. He told me he was going to go home and right a letter of recommendation that night rather than put it off due to all the things I told him. He said I do so much that he wants it all to be fresh in his mind.

That's the good part.

*edit* I almost forgot. Thanks to all of you who gave me your support and suggestions. I don't think I would have been as well prepared without them!!! *hugs and pies for all*

The bad part is I won't find out if I've made it until April/May.


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post Feb 4 2005, 02:40 AM
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Yay Spiffy! *hugs* That sounds like it went really well. I'm very happy for you!


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post Feb 4 2005, 01:11 PM
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smile.gif thanks -- I feel as if I did. *crosses fingers*


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post Feb 4 2005, 10:02 PM
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sounds like you didn't need the low cut top after all, or the cookies for that matter, did you handle coffee successfully? tongue.gif


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post Feb 5 2005, 01:06 AM
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He offered me a drink and I politely declined. He had already bought one before I had got there. I didn't want to take that time out of the interview or take the chance of being the world's biggest klutz.

Although I did wear the low cut top smile.gif rolleyes.gif


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post Feb 5 2005, 01:23 AM
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Yahey! Does indeed sound promising, go Spiffy.



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