When you know you are going to be interviewing for a spot in a private school, it can be intimidating. However, having an interview is very similar to having a conversation. Usually, an admissions team is rather friendly and is ready to do whatever they can to ensure your entire family is at ease throughout the entire process. While each private school will have its own interviewing process, the parents and students are generally interviewed separately to ensure they truly get to know everyone involved. Keep reading to learn a few tips that will help your family ace the interview.
The primary reason for the interview is for the family and the school to obtain sufficient information to make a solid decision regarding whether or not it is a right fit on both sides. Will the child thrive in this school? Locating the right fit requires that everyone involved is open and honest about the strengths and weaknesses of the child and what is to come at the school. If there is a special need with your child, make sure to share it. Admissions teams are not necessarily looking for perfect individuals, but they are looking for honesty from you.
Be Ready to Talk
In an interview, you and your child not only need to be yourselves, but you both also need to be prepared to talk a lot about yourselves. While a good impression is necessary, your impression must be authentic. Not every private school wants a school full of children with the same exact personalities. You and your child both need to be prepared to share short stories about who you are, what you like to do, and what you think you can bring to the school. Make sure your child is ready to answer academic questions that shed some insight into who they are, such as their favorite subject, their favorite book, etc. As a parent, you need to be prepared to describe your child, how your child may handle roadblocks, etc.
Do Your Homework
Take the time to peruse the school's website and learn as much as you can about the institution. If possible, see if you can get in touch with a family that is currently part of the school. Come up with a list of questions that you would like to ask the admissions team at the interview. You may want to focus on questions regarding the opportunities available at the school, in addition to anything that you have concerns about.
For more information, contact a private school in your area.