College interview hints and tips

First impressions last

Greet your interviewer with a smile and a firm handshake. Always give eye contact.

Be Prepared

Take your reports with you to an interview. Additional information such as an art and design portfolio will also support your application process for relevant courses. Find out information about the college and courses from their website beforehand. 

Be Confident

Listen carefully to the questions and answer the questions fully and properly. Don’t waffle - take your time to gather your thoughts. It is better to say you need a minute to think about your answer rather than speak instantly and regret it afterwards.

Why should you be on the course?

All interviewers are looking for the right person for the right course. Be prepared to talk about your knowledge, experience, abilities and skills in the subject area. Be enthusiastic about the course!

Be Positive

Your interviewer will be thinking about what it would be like to have you on their course, so they won’t want to hear negative comments or lack of enthusiasm. Interviewers like to see someone who enjoys a challenge and is enthusiastic.

Body Language

It is not what you say but how you say it. During the interview don’t slouch, lean back, fold your arms or look down. Instead, sit upright, make eye contact, use your hands and lean forward when making a point.

Develop rapport

Show energy, a sense of humour, and a smile!

Check anything you are unsure about

If you are not certain what is meant by a particular question, ask for clarification.

Remember your “manners

Be polite at the interview: this will be noted and remembered.