Montgomery Educational Consulting Offers Suggestions for College Admissions Interviews with Alumni

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Many colleges offer applicants the opportunity to interview with an alumna or alumnus in the applicant's hometown. In this article, college counselors from Montgomery Educational Consulting provide tips on how students can have a successful interview.

The most important things to keep in mind about alumni interviews are to be yourself and to come prepared.

A number of colleges, especially those that are selective and highly selective, require or suggest that applicants have an interview as part of the application process.

Students who visit campus during their senior year usually are offered an interview with an admissions officer. For students who are unable to visit or meet with an admissions officer, a college may arrange for an alumni interview, in which an applicant meets with a graduate of the college who lives in the applicant's area.

Cara Ray, a Senior Associate with Montgomery Educational Consulting, offers a list of alumni interview tips on the company's website. Ms. Ray said, "The most important things to keep in mind about alumni interviews are to be yourself and to come prepared."

Alumni interviews often are less formal than those with admissions officers. While students still need to dress nicely and present themselves well, they can be a bit more relaxed. Sara Zessar, a Senior Associate with Montgomery Educational Consulting, has conducted alumni interviews for Washington University in St. Louis for almost ten years. Ms. Zessar explained, "I approach my interviews like a conversation. They are a chance not only for me to get to know the student, but also for the student to ask questions about Wash. U., and particularly about my experience there."

Thus, students should come prepared to ask questions of their alumni interviewer, and good questions require research. While alumni may not know every little detail about the college, especially if they graduated a long time ago, they are likely to be impressed by a student who asks specific, thoughtful questions. Ms. Ray's aforementioned article provides suggested questions to ask an alumni interviewer, as well as other important information.

From offices in Colorado and New Jersey, Montgomery Educational Consulting offers comprehensive, personalized educational counseling services to students locally, around the country, and around the world. These college admissions experts guide students every step of the way as they navigate the university search and application process. Then, they help students get admitted to the college that is right for them.

For more information about Montgomery Educational Consulting, call 720.279.7577, or email info(at)greatcollegeadvice(dot)com. Or visit

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