Seven Tips for Acing a Virtual Secondary School Interview

While the fundamentals of preparing for a secondary school interview haven’t changed, there’s an added layer of complexity to navigate this year. With most secondary school interviews taking place virtually, students who used to worry about losing their train of thought now have to worry about losing their wifi connection as well!

However, with a little extra planning, your student can make a great impression in their virtual interview. Fay’s secondary school counseling team has decades of experience preparing students for admission interviews. We gleaned their best tips and advice for turning your child’s 虚拟 secondary school interview into a 真正的 他们的应用的资产。

不要害怕出现故障

You can’t predict when a technology snafu like a frozen screen or lost audio will strike, so make sure your child prepares for it instead. If they are interviewing from home, reduce the potential for technical problems by minimizing the traffic on your wifi network during the meeting. Secondly, make sure your child has a plan in case of technical difficulties. The chat feature is useful for alerting the interviewer to problems during the interview. Any admissions officer will also be impressed if your child is organized enough to start the interview by asking for their cell phone number in case technical issues arise. 

练习、练习、练习

你是否听说过这样一句格言 像玩一样练习? Well, students should do at least one practice interview with an adult who is not their parent, and they should do it virtually. They can practice giving rich and informative answers to each question while also refining their virtual interview technique. Students should practice looking at the camera instead of the screen and staying still and focused. Remember that interviewers aren’t trying to stump your child. They want to draw them out and learn what makes them interesting and unique. At Fay, our eighth and ninth grade students do at least one practice interview with a member of the secondary school counseling team. In the fall, our ninth graders watch our counselors role-play the interview to learn the do’s and don’ts of interviewing well. This year, they’ll be doing all their mock interviews online.

演示文稿是关键

For the 20-30 minutes that the interview lasts, the spotlight is on your child, and he or she needs to dress and behave accordingly. Students should understand the school’s culture where they are interviewing, and their clothing should be neat, polished, and appropriate to the school’s dress code. In general, it’s always better to be over-dressed than under-dressed. Encourage your child to minimize any visual or audible distractions such as nervous fidgeting or foot tapping. Finally, don’t use virtual backgrounds and don’t overly curate the backdrop to your child’s interview. Your child’s background should be simple and authentic so that the focus is on them.  

给你的孩子一个议程

在面试前,要集思广益,讨论突出你孩子的优势和兴趣的话题。面试可以是一个很好的机会,可以让人注意到书面申请中可能被忽视或遗漏的东西。如果你的孩子是一个被大量招募的足球明星,没有必要长篇大论地谈论这个。学校肯定会从各种渠道了解足球的情况,所以面试是一个展示其他优势的机会,可以完善他或她作为申请人的形象。 

将你的消极因素变成积极因素

在面试中,许多招生人员除了问学生的优点外,还会问他们的弱点。他们想知道你的孩子发现了什么挑战,以及他们是如何应对逆境的。回答这类问题的关键是给出一个诚实而翔实的回答,然后转折并对问题进行积极的解释,显示出成长、自知和乐观的精神。例如,一个可能在组织和时间管理方面有困难的学生可以讨论他们在这些方面所使用的改进技巧,并详细举例说明他们的进步。

提出问题

在最后,面试官总是会问申请人是否有任何问题。准备好一些问题会让你的孩子看起来很有兴趣,也很有趣。在这一年里,许多学生甚至不会踏入他们未来学校的校园,他们必须提前仔细研究每所学校,以避免问一些太明显的问题或询问学校不提供的项目。面试的这一部分也是一个很好的机会,可以重新审视准备好的、在面试中没有出现的讨论话题。例如,我们在费伊的一个学生写了儿童书籍并为其配上插图,向我们的小学生介绍。这是个多么美妙的话题,可以在面试中谈及!她可以在面试中提及。她可以以问题的形式提到这一点,并询问学生是否可以在未来的学校做类似的事情。

抵制徘徊的冲动

It’s going to be very tempting to listen in on your child’s virtual interview to see how they are doing, but you need to step away and give them the space to be themselves. A parent hovering in the doorway can add pressure to an already nerve-wracking situation. If your child is worried about giving responses that you approve of, it will be even more difficult for them to relax and have a genuine conversation.