Interviews are a great way for you to learn more about the college and for the college to learn more about you. Many in-person interview tips will translate for online interviews as well, but here are some ideas specifically for online interviews as the world continues to manage within the global pandemic.
- Testing 1,2,3: Test your technology prior to the interview to ensure that your wifi, microphone, video, and speakers/headphones are all working properly. Make sure you have a working link.
- Dress to impress: Dress appropriately like you would for an in-person interview. A nice blouse or shirt is fine.
- Step into the light: Make sure you are well-lit. Situate yourself with a window either facing you or to your side but not behind you.
- Get ready for your close up: Sit up and make “eye contact” with the camera. It helps to elevate your laptop so that the camera lens is just above your eye level. It also helps to shrink the window and align it at the top center of your screen. This will keep your gaze toward your camera and you’ll be looking straight ahead at the person conducting the interview.
- Look behind you: Check your background and make sure it’s not too cluttered and that there is no chance of interference during your interview. (i.e. Are you in front of a doorway where people can walk by or pets can jump on your lap?)
- Stay hydrated: Have a glass of water nearby should you feel parched from talking.
- Early is on time: Log in about 5 minutes early.
- Prepare your notes: Remember your goals and what you wish to communicate. Convey your interests and motivation and be sure to gather the information you need to determine if this is the right college for you.
- Have fun and be yourself!
Interviewing at Wheaton College is optional but we’d love to get to know you. We offer both “conversations” and “interviews”, and they both provide you the opportunity to ask questions and learn more about Wheaton, while also giving us the chance to learn a bit about you.