Rita Kirshstein, Higher Education Consultant, Researcher, and Private College Counselor
You are likely to be asked questions about how you think the college fits your interests and educational goals. Don’t worry if you’re not sure what you might major in; it’s perfectly fine to indicate that you believe the college gives you the opportunity to explore a number of different areas that you may eventually want to pursue. Make sure you have researched the college and can be fairly concrete in your responses (e.g., you really like the freshman seminar topics; you want to take some Italian courses even though you don’t want to major in it).
You should also be prepared to ask the interviewer questions. He/she will often ask, “what questions do you have for me?” Please go beyond, “Do you think I will get in?” Ask questions about some extracurricular activities you might want to pursue, what types of tutoring services they have, whether they have a writing center, etc. It’s important to show that you want to succeed. You may also want to ask questions about the types of students that tend to be most successful at that college.
Whatever you do, engage in the conversation, don’t interrupt and dress nicely. Appear interested in what the interviewer is telling you and be sure to thank him/her for taking the time to talk to you. If you have the interviewer’s email address, I suggest sending a thank you note and perhaps asking an additional question “that you didn’t think about at the time of the interview.”