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常春藤面试官Imani:想完胜留学面试首先了解七件事

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Imani现担任达特茅斯学院面试官,英国文化协会IELTS雅思考试考官,具有丰富的跨文化交流及教学经验,熟知中国学生的长短板。想完胜留学面试?先看看Imani教你的七件事。

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

  入学面试的作用是什么呢?

  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.

  优秀的高等教育机构中,公认的顶级精英大学和所谓的二级学院都有。这些学校都是通过面试来获取学生的申请目的并个性化的展示自己的学校。与此同时,面试也是像未来的野心勃勃的新生们展示欢迎态度的好时机,这样他们才不会觉得自己因为进入了一个充满数字,墨水和荣誉的学校而被小瞧了。校友面试是一次展示校友网络的强大意义和重要性的绝佳方式。校友面试这种志愿性质的活动会和母校产生了紧密的联系。校友们则在忠诚性上会受到考验,当然他们会得到强烈的自我满足感。不管申请人最后能走到申请的哪一步,校友们的努力都会提高学校的整体实力。

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

  对于学校来说,面试意味着什么呢?通过面试又能得到什么结果呢?

  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.

  尤其是对国际学生来说,面试是一种比较个性化的方式来了解相互的文化。这样可以更深入的考察一些需要更多申请者补充说明的关键性因素,像是个人性格,学术兴趣,针对学校特定知识的热情,英语熟练程度,社交技巧等等。通常情况下,这样的面试都是非正式的,对于合格的申请人和感兴趣的学校来说都是收集信息的一次碰面。面试的另外一种情况就是针对学生的要求进行的,尤其是那些自己来学校参观旅行的申请人。这种情况就取决于学生要求的时间和相应的学校运作方式了。一些小型的学院更是把面试当作是测试学生是否真正有兴趣来学校的重点,在更极端的例子中,当需要检测招生官是否过于依赖某种招生方式时,面试甚至可以作为一种事实测试对检测结果有重要影响。不参加面试绝不会有任何惩罚。大多数情况下,当其他的考虑,评价和权衡都相同时,招生办公室的人在未来的班级提供学生时,更想看到申请者的成就和以后的可塑造性(尤其是当这个被考察的申请者还在另一个大陆的时候)。不幸的是,由于主要的高校和常春藤盟校的申请人数太多,学校的人力资源和时间资源都非常有限,能够获得面试机会的申请人数量着实不多。

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

  能说说给你印象最深的一次面试吗?

  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.

  和孩子打交道这件事会让一些人忽略一个问题,那就是这些申请人是否过于专注于这些竞争性的东西了,这些以利益和数据为目的的不切实际的东西。我个人喜欢看到那些年轻的学生可以把自己最擅长的事做到极致,同时发展一些技能组合来改善自己的生活。因为任何一所学校都在寻找一些特别的东西,只有这样才能让现有的学生组成更丰富,让学校的既定使命更有发展。许多面试的申请人都给我留下了一个非常单纯的印象,那就是他们自然,开放,思维活跃。但是他们没有拿出“最佳”答案——他们是孩子,是一群理所当然的可以回答不知道的人。这些申请人提出的学校的问题非常深入而尖锐,如果我想要给出满意的回答也不容易。这些问题的显示了他们已经对如何适应学校并对学校做出回报有了自己的概念。他们在艺术和科学方面的高成就已经和他们的生活,学习以及习惯融为一体。一个女孩写了一部自己的音乐剧,另一个孩子自己养育并贩卖了几只纯种狗,还有一个孩子在学校里首创了堆制肥料并推广到了县里和当地的商人手中。这些成功的例子都是申请人真实的能力扩展。而这些能力都是为了寻找快乐,让生命更有深度和广度,更有发展力和影响力等等,对了也是为了申请到大学。而这些都是面试者,校友或者招生官所不希望在自己的学校看见的孩子。

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

  对于即将要面试的人,你有什么建议吗?

  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.

  寻找几个大学里你会真正感兴趣的俱乐部,组织或活动,并且针对这些活动问问面试官相关的问题。这些问题总是会勾起面试官的怀旧情结,他们即使没参加过也会对这个活动感慨一番的。对于国际学生来说英语是其次,不要为了显示你的英语技巧而故意语速特别快。有思想,积极,吸引人并且自然的对话才是目标。

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

  你面试的方式有哪些呢?(面对面,电话,Skype等)

  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.

  面对面的面试方式最常见,但是我听说有的学校也会使用一些像是Skype这样的在线平台,有时,学生的所在地条件不允许,来一次学校也并非不可以。

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

  中国学生在面试中常犯的错误有哪些呢?

  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.

  不要把父母带到面试现场,也不要问他们。不要在面试中诋毁其他学校。不要尝试拍面试官的马屁——因为这些陈词滥调,你的申请可能就此止步。学会学校的正确发音。即便出于礼节也不要向面试官赠送小礼物,这种行为非常不必要,还会让面试官很尴尬。

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

  面试中有哪些规则是需要遵守的吗?

  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.

 

  我们不会问申请人还申请了哪些学校。在美国,我申请学校时是在面试官的家里接受面试的。我感觉这样做非常不错。在面试官的家里面试会让你对学校的信任值直线上升,而且也会显示出如果你在大学里努力学习并掌握所需知识,你会变成一个什么样的人。我知道出于影响和安全的考虑,很多学校的校友面试已经不在自己家里举行了。在中国,我们通常在愿意提供场所的校友所供职的公司办公室进行面试。过去几年,这样的面试一直在毕马威会计事务所。不管如何谨慎,保护这些孩子并完成面试任务才是最佳方案。

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