High School Interview Essay

Structured practice can breathe vitality into your child’s candidacy and solidify their acceptance

Most applicants of top high schools look good on paper - the challenge is to translate those impressive statistics into poise, presence and confidence in the interview. Your child may be an expert in texting, emojis, and cool pictures, but does your child have what it takes in the 1:1 admissions interview?

Specific Offering

  • Summarized talking points of the personal and academic aspects of your child’s background to cover within the interview
  • Defensive coverage of how to respond to and initiate discussion of blemishes including inconsistent academic performance and poor test scores
  • Active drafting of responses to critical themes of the interview process including:
    • Reasons for wanting to attend/transfer
    • Desires for a specific school
    • Desired impact on campus
    • Goals in the short-term and long-term
    • Examples of leadership
  • Detailed training on how to review and analyze the application materials including essays, recommendation letters, data portion of the application in order to maximize interview performance
  • Mock Interview conducted by former alumni or student interview which mirrors the conditions and questions/themes given to actual candidates
  • Presence: feedback on physical presence, eye contact, and any bad habits with a taped interview and feedback session

Bottom Line

The interview is your child’s last opportunity to make an impression on the admissions committee and can be the determining factor in their admissions decision.

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Organizing the Notes of the Interview

Narrative format or question and answer format?

First, you need to know if your teacher wants you to write the essay in a narrative format or in a question answer format. This will affect how you organize your paper.

Both essay formats need a strong introduction, an organized body and a solid conclusion. The difference is that the question and answer essay will use direct quotes with your questions. The narrative essay can have paraphrased information from the interview mixed in with direct quotes.

How do I begin writing my interview essay?

Hopefully, you took copious (many) notes during your interview and hopefully you were allowed to record the interview to catch any information that you missed in your notes. Now, you need to organize your information into a logical outline

Probably the easiest way to organize all the information is to read through your notes and to listen to the recording of the interview. You need to think about what the reader would like to know about the person you interviewed. Pick three main themes or ideas that you talked about during the interview. These will become body paragraphs for your essay. Once you have wrapped your brain around the three main things you are going to talk about in your essay, you need to write out an outline.

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