I am too smart and much too qualified to have to prepare for an admission specialist interview.
I can just go in and be a winner. Wrong attitude!
Even if what is written here is 100% truth, you still have to prepare for an interview. The cliché there are no second chances to make a first impression is not farfetched. If your first impression is not good, a second chance may never be granted. And if it is, you may be put on a pedestal and watched like a hawk. Not worth it!
Coming back to interviews; it is essential to make a good first impression if you want a chance at winning. And winning is not easy where interviews are concerned. From the time one gets an interview call to the time the actual meeting happens, everything is usually a blur.
There is so much that goes on in an interviewees mind that it is often difficult to fathom what the actual interview will hold – one always moves a step further, contemplating the ifs and buts of the interview, rather than concentrating on the real questions that will be asked.
That is a saga that is inevitable. What we can do to make things a wee bit better is to research what questions we will be asked during an interview. An admissions specialist, for instance, can take ideas from the following sample interview questions to prepare for his interview:
Admissions Specialist Interview Questions and Answers
How would you differentiate an admissions officer from an admissions specialist?
Primarily, the goal of both is the same. However, an admissions officer works more on the ground level. He handles admissions queries, assists students in filling out admission forms and provides general administrative support to the admissions office. An admissions specialist’s work is a little weighty. It includes creating and implementing strategies to engage and support students through the inquiry and admission procedures.
As an admissions specialist, what has been your most significant challenge?
Every student has a different goal. And it is challenging to coordinate their goals with what we can offer to them regarding academics.
What is your take on the organization at the workplace?
It is of the utmost importance. Records management is one of the most critical parts of admissions work, and if the organization is not taken into account, it defeats the whole purpose!
What has been your experience in coordinating admissions events?
I am quite experienced in this area. I have organized 55 open houses, college fairs and seminars over the previous five years.