03 Oct The Admissions Interview in Four Steps
By Fiona Farrahi, Admissions and Marketing Director
Interviews in any admission process can be overwhelming. If you feel a little nervous about the next steps at Seven Arrows or any process, it means that you are taking it seriously. Before this next critical phase of the process, we want to share a few handy suggestions as you move closer to your Parent Interview or Parent Conversation at prospective schools in your search.
- Before the interview, share any interesting insight or updates about your family or child as it relates to the school. Perhaps your child recently created art that made you think of the school’s approach to art integration. You could even send a simple note sharing how much your family is looking forward to meeting. A personal touch is never overlooked.
- When you walk into the school and a meeting with the admission team, pay attention to how you feel. Could you envision yourself partnering with the administration to advance the school’s mission? Is everyone friendly? Do you feel excited, empowered, put off, or hesitant? As soon as you complete the interview, take a moment to jot down your observations. These notes will be useful when you are faced with making your final school decision.
- Do your values align with the school’s approach, mission, or school culture in general? Schools value diversity of thought, but having a shared foundational starting point is critical for the partnership to thrive. Make sure that you don’t want to change the school. Your partnership should add value by advancing the school’s well-established mission.
- Ask the tough questions. You know your child and your own educational philosophy best; make sure that the school is aware of your expectations. No question is too big or small at this point in the process. It’s often hard to capture everything at a tour or open house and this is your opportunity to clarify the school’s program and any unanswered questions your family may have. Admission officers appreciate it when a family comes prepared for the interview. If the admissions team is receptive to your questions, this is is a good indication of how your relationship will be with the school.
- Be kind. Everyone involved is making a substantial investment in their time to get to know your family. Say “thank you” to the administrators or admission officers who carved out a few hours to meet with your family. A little kindness goes a long way.
Again, keep a record of your interview. Write these and other observations down for discussion later when you are weighing your options. If questions still linger, do not hesitate to reach out to the admissions team for clarity. Closing all information circles is good for everyone in the process. I hope that these action items are helpful and please reach out with any questions.