The importance of the college interview

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The importance of the college interview

Back in the day, the college interview was very important. If you've seen the movie Risky Business, the whole movie is particated on him, having his Princeton interview. It’s not so much that way anymore because they can’t give preference to students who – They don’t have enough people to interview every applicant anymore. So it’s not a crucial part of the application, a lot of schools don’t even offer interviews. So if you don’t have one, it’s totally okay. But if you do have one, you’re going to want to know which type it is, so there’s 2 types. One, informational interviews. Informational interviews is where a student meets with either a student who goes to that school, or an admission’s officer and it’s just a conversation, it’s a get-to-know-you. The notes do not formally get put in that student’s evaluative file. The other type of interview is evaluative where the interviewer will actually take notes and it will actually be part of the evaluation process that the reader goes through to decide whether a student gets in or not. Now, the interviews are basically done the same way, but you should know which ones are evaluative and which ones are informative because it’ll help you prioritize which school you really should interview at if you have to fly across the country.
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Danny Ruderman

Independent College Counselor

Danny Ruderman is a nationally recognized college counselor whose mission is to help as many families as possible navigate the admissions process.  

The Fontana High School and Stanford grad is the author of The Ultimate College Acceptance System and creator of college counseling programs used by school districts across the U.S. and Fortune 500 companies. He is known for his huge forehead and helping students get into schools that really match their interests. His newest book, Top 100 Answers to Your College Admissions Questions will be released in March 2013.

Danny graduated with Honors from Stanford University and holds a BA in Human Biology with an emphasis in Education. He was named a Merit Teacher for his work at Campbell Hall School in Los Angeles and worked as an educational therapist for K&M Associates in Los Angeles. He is also a member of the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors (WACAC). He has been featured on NPR’s Marketplace, Fox News, The Los Angeles Times, Between the Lines on PBS, College Bound Magazine, The Bill Handel Show, and Powernomics. Danny is also a regular contributor to Money 101 on KFWB in Los Angeles.

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