When is it recommended to request an interview?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    College counselor Jerome A. Cole, MA discusses when it is recommended to request an interview.

    Speaker: When is it recommended to request an interview?

    Jerome Cole: I think there are probably a few situations where you want to actually go to a school if they do not require an interview and ask that you come on campus and sit down and speak with someone in the Admission's Office for an interview. I think when you have a situation where may be a student has some learning challenges that they want to share with the college; they want to talk about the accommodations that they are going to need. That is important information that you can put in your application, but it also is probably going to be to your benefit and also the college's benefit that you go and speak with someone directly one-on-one. So, I think in that situation it is probably appropriate. If in fact, there have been some discipline problems, maybe you have some encounters with the law and you want to come and explain exactly what happened. You are going to have to provide that on your application, but again you might want to sit down with someone in the Admission's Office and in the interview setting and actually explain your 1:02 so that there is a complete understanding of exactly what happened and what you have done as a result. So, those are just two that immediately come to mind, but I guess the general rule that I would say that students and family should apply is that if you have information that you would like to share with a college and you do not believe that you can adequately do that in the application, then you should request an interview.