A student panel interview typically involves a group of current students asking you questions about your background, experiences, and reasons for applying to the school. It is a chance for you to showcase your personality and fit with the school’s community.
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What can I expect from a student panel interview?
A student panel interview is a common component of the college application process. It is designed to provide the admissions committee with a more holistic view of each applicant, beyond their academic record and test scores. Here’s what you can expect from a student panel interview:
The interview is usually conducted by a panel of current students who are trained by the admissions office to evaluate applicants. This format is often conducted virtually or on-campus and typically lasts around 30-45 minutes. The panelists ask a range of questions that are designed to elicit information about your background, experiences, interests and goals. These questions may vary depending on the institution, but examples include “What are your best qualities?” “What personal experiences have influenced you?” and “What are your future career objectives?”
The purpose of a student panel interview is to assess if you would be a good fit for the institution’s culture, community and academic programs. During the interview, the panelists are looking to evaluate your interpersonal skills, leadership traits, engagement level, and alignment with the school’s values and mission.
To have a successful student panel interview, it is advisable to prepare thoroughly by researching the institution and preparing appropriately for likely questions. Dress appropriately, be punctual, be passionate, be confident, and be yourself.
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
|Format||A group of current students who are trained by the admissions office to evaluate applicants|
|Questions||Designed to elicit information about background, experiences, interests and goals.|
|Purpose||To assess if applicants would be a good fit for the institution’s culture, community and academic programs.|
- According to a study by the National Association of College Admissions Counseling, more than two-thirds of American colleges and universities use interviews as a means of evaluating applicants.
- Some institutions have transitioned to virtual interviews during the pandemic to limit in-person contact.
- Student panel interviews can also be a good opportunity for applicants to ask the panelists questions about their experiences at the school and gain first-hand insights into the student experience.
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- Bring multiple copies of your resume. If you know the number of interviewers, bring one for each of them.
- Bring a notepad and a pen.
- Divide your attention equally between all interviewers.
- Be sure to give everyone attention when you say goodbye.