In recent years, a rising number of U.S. colleges have started sending their admissions officers abroad to advance their programs and to recruit students from other countries. These admissions officers visit local educational schools, agencies and sometimes introduce their institutions at education fairs.
For international applicants, particularly undergraduate students, these events provide an excellent opportunity to meet representatives, learn more about the universities or colleges that they represent and perhaps be interviewed.
While admissions interviews typically are not mandatory for international undergraduates, there are some ways to make an interview with admissions officials from U.S. educational institutions go smoothly, whether at an international college fair or throughout a one-on-one appointment.
Know where to find an admissions officer- It is ideal to meet admissions officers throughout a scheduled, one-on-one interview. Normally, local educational agencies can organize such interviews, but the applicant may have to be a client of the agency first.
Otherwise the applicant can plan to attend an international educational fair, where institutions typically would each have a booth. Applicants must also pay attention to notifications from the admission offices at schools they are interested in to see if their representatives are travelling anywhere close by.
The drawback of talking to an admissions officer at a college fair is that environment can be really noisy and your conversation may be interrupted.
Make sure you know what to bring- Applicants tend to desire to bring their complete application package, including transcripts, test scores, personal statement, recommendation letters and a portfolio. While they should be prepared with applicable materials, the applicant must be really familiar with his or her materials and able to answer related questions quickly.
Meanwhile, the applicant should do some research before interview, and go into it knowing the basic facts, history and mission of the institution. This would absolutely impress the admissions officer and make your application more persuasive and your interview more memorable.
Remain confident during the interview-
It is vital to be confident when meeting a college representative. There are a few ways to help make a better impression, for example answering the questions thoughtfully other than concisely. This is not to say that the you must boast, but take time to respond to the representative's questions honestly and sincerely.
Take time to correctly introduce the strengths and talk about your potential. This will not only raise the admissions officer's interest to get to know more about you, other than also impress him or her with your communication skills and your capability to think logically and quickly.
Know what to avoid during an interview- First of all, never go to an interview without preparation. At the interview, do not brag, but also do not be overly modest frequent mistake international students make as interviewing.
While talking to the admission officer, do not hesitate too much and avoid using words like "um" or "hmm." Stick to concise language.
At last, do not forget to ask for a business card from the representative so that you can ??follow up after with your interview.