"You Never Get a Second Chance to Make a Good First Impression"
At this point in the year, most seniors who are planning on attending college
have “scouted” the competition. You have evaluated each of your options taking
into consideration the size of the school, the location, the majors offered, the
residence halls, the social life, and of course, the athletic teams and
facilities. You may have even submitted your applications. However, you still
have one more game to be prepared for, the interview. This is your chance to
demonstrate your skills and get noticed. Keep in mind that it is also your
chance to evaluate the school and make sure it is the right fit for your
interests, needs, and skills.
There are a few key points to remember during your interview that are just as
important as your actual answers.
- Dress for the occasion! When teams travel for away games, they often dress
nicely or wear their warm up attire.
- Be sure to dress appropriately in a shirt and tie for your interview. Do
not look disheveled or have a sloppy appearance.
- Maintain good eye contact! On the field, you look your opponent in the eye
with confidence. Be sure to keep good eye contact with your interviewer and
smile from time to time.
- Be on time! You wouldn’t be late for a game, so never be late for an
- Sit up tall! It is quite common to be a little nervous during an
interview, but try not to display too much nervous energy. Sit up tall and try
not to fidget. Try to use some of the relaxation techniques that you would use
prior to a big game. This will help you maintain your focus.
- Speak clearly! A quiet or hesitant voice may demonstrate a lack of
confidence. Speak in an appropriate tone so that the interviewer can hear and
Mock interviews with a friend, parent, teacher, or guidance counselor may
also help you feel more prepared for your interview. Below are some questions
that the interviewer may ask you.
- What is your career plan and how would a degree from this college help you
achieve this plan?
- What qualities make you a good choice to be a student at this college? You
received a bad grade in a U.S History class. Why did this happen?
- Could you describe a challenge you have experienced and how you were able
to overcome it?
- Why are you interested in attending this college?
- What questions do you have for the interviewer? This last question is an
important one. It shows that you have done your homework and researched the
college or university. Your questions will help you gather all of the
information you need to make a good decision.
Remember, the interview is also your chance to evaluate the college and make
sure that is the best choice for your interests, needs, and skills. If you have
specific questions on this topic, you can write to us at email@example.com.
Information adapted from: Petitpas, A., Champagne, D., Chartrand, J., Danish,
S., & Murphy, S. (1997). Athlete’s Guide to Career Planning. Illinois: Human