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关键词: 天道外籍顾问顾问访谈

  1.What's the purpose of having admission interviews?


  Many excellent institutions of higher learning, whether the commonly  recognized “elite” or so-called 2nd tier ones, see it as an information  gathering opportunity for admissions purposes, of course, but also as way to  personalize their school in the applicants’ eyes. It’s also a chance to show a  welcoming attitude towards the aspiring future-freshman so they don’t feel like  we’ve reduced them to a collage of numbers, ink and accolades. In the case of  alumni interviews, it’s a great way to show the applicant the meaning and  importance of strong alumni network post-graduation. For the alumni interviewer,  such active volunteering demonstrates loyalty and provides a fulfilling sense of  attachment and involvement with their alma mater. Such efforts serve to  strengthen the entire college/university system no matter where the applicant  ends up matriculating.


  2. What does the admission interview means to the college and what it is  intended to accomplish?


  In the context of international students especially, it really is a  personalized way of bridging cultures in order to further evaluate an  applicant’s personality, academic interests, passion for and specific knowledge  of the college, English proficiency, social skills and other key areas that  sometimes need more illumination. Usually it’s an informal informational session  for both parties, qualified applicant and interested college alike. Other times  it’s at the student’s request, especially if they’ve made effort to come and  visit the campus on their own; this does depend on the time of year requested  and how that specific school operates. Some smaller colleges place more emphasis  on it to gauge how interested the student is in actually coming to their school.  In some rarer cases it can even serve as a fact-checking session to either  reinforce OR diminish a decision where the admissions officer is leaning one  particular way. In no way is not having an interview any kind of penalty.. In  many cases, all other considerations traditional assessment measures being  equal, the admissions office wants to know more about an accomplished,  high-potential individual before offering them a valued spot among the ranks of  the incoming class (especially if that sought-after candidate is on another  continent). Unfortunately, due to the sheer number of applications received by  major schools and Ivies and limited manpower and time resources, it is usually a  relatively low number of applicants who are offered an interview.


  3. Can you tell us what is the most impressive interviews you had in the  past?


  We’re dealing with kids here, a fact that some people in the process easily  lose sight of if they’re too wrapped up in the competitive aspects,  profit-motive or statistics-driven bubbles. So I personally just love seeing  these young students put their best foot forward and do their best relative to  their skill set and life situation. Because each school is looking for something  a bit different in order to complement the existing student body and further the  stated goals of the school’s mission. Many impressive interviewees simply left  me with a feeling that they were very natural and open, and were able to NOT  limit themselves in their thinking. They didn’t always have the “perfect”  answer—they’re kids who certainly aren’t expected to know everything at such a  tender age. They asked some really probing questions about the school that  challenged me to give a great answer and showed they’d already conceptualized  how they might really fit in and contribute to the school. Some of them had  amazing artistic or scientific accomplishments that obviously were naturally  integrated into their lives/studies/hobbies. One girl had written her own  musical, another kid had bred, raised and sold a few high-pedigree dogs, another  had started a composting intiative in her school which spread to the town  citizenry and local businesses… all those successful initiatives were authentic  extensions of themselves, which is a key to finding happiness, using one’s  efforts wisely and efficiently in life, making and impact…oh yeah, and getting  into college. What interviewer, alumni or admissions officer, wouldn’t want that  kind of kid at their school.


  4. What advice would you like to give to students who will be having an  interview?


  Find a few really specific clubs/organizations/activities they might be  interested in on campus and ask the interviewer some targeted questions about  them. It gives the interviewer that nostalgic feeling and they’ll probably wax  poetic on the topic for a while, even if they weren’t personally involved in  that activity in their college days. Especially for international students, for  whom English is usually a second, don’t try to speak super quickly to show off  your English skills. A thoughtful, positive, engaging, natural conversation is  the goal.


  5. What types of interviews will you do? (Face to face, phone, Skype,  etc.)


  Face to face is more common but I have heard of schools dabbling in online  platforms like Skype. Sometimes it’s a valid option for reaching students in  underserved communities who don’t have the resources to make a trip to the  campus.


  6. What are the common mistakes that Chinese students usually make during  interviews?


  Don’t bring or ask to your parents to the interview. Don’t trash other  schools during the interview. Don’t try to say exactly what you think the  interviewer wants to hear—you’ll probably just end up sounding cliché. Learn how  to pronounce the school’s name correctly! And you probably shouldn’t bring any  small gifts; it’s a nice gesture but it’s wholly unnecessary and will probably  just make the interviewer feel awkward.


  7. Are there any rules that you have to follow during the interview?


  We generally shouldn’t ask what other schools the applicant is applying  for. In the USA when I was applying to my school, I met at the interviewer’s  home and it was great; meeting in the home of the interviewer built trust and  shows how rich you can become as an alumnus if you study hard and get everything  possible out of the college experience. I do know that a lot of schools choose  not to conduct alumni interviews in homes anymore due to influence or safety  concerns. In China, we’ve always conducted interviews at the company office of  one of our alumni who volunteers it, which has been KPMG the last few years.  Whatever is most prudent to protect these teens and accomplish the goals of the  interview is best.






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