If you are looking to send your child to a private school, an interview may be part of the admissions process. During the interview, an administrator will talk to your child to find out what their personality is like, how well they communicate, and if they are a good fit for the school. However, an interview can be nerve-wracking to a child who has never undergone one before. Here are a few tips to help you prepare your child for interviews with private schools:
Ask Them Questions They May Be Asked Ahead of Time
Before your child's interview with a private school, take the time to perform a few mock interviews. During this time, ask them questions that they may be asked during the interview process. Some of the questions a child may be asked include:
- What is your favorite subject and why?
- Why do you want to go to this school?
- What are your educational and career goals?
- Where do you see yourself in the future?
- What frustrates you when learning?
- When do you thrive while learning?
The questions that a child will be asked vary drastically based on the age of the child. A kindergartner is going to be asked more personality-based questions, while a high schooler may be asked questions with a stronger focus on education. Asking these questions ahead of time helps your child prepare an answer so they are not caught off-guard during an interview.
Teach Them Good Interview Conduct
Prior to your child's private school interview, you will want to sit down and teach your child good interview conduct. This may include things like looking the interviewer in the eye, sitting up straight, not fidgeting and enunciating and projecting their voice. If children have never had an interview before, they may not know how to act and may be nervous. Telling them how to act can go a long way to making sure their interview is successful.
Ensure They Are Comfortably Dressed
The last way you can prepare your child for a private school interview is to ensure your child is dressed properly and comfortably. While you may want your child to look their best, it is important to understand that a child still is a child. Placing them in something that is too hot, too tight or too itchy can make them uncomfortable. This can cause them to fidget or not concentrated during the interview. Select an appropriate outfit for your child that is also comfortable for them to wear.
Making a great first impression on administrators can help your child get into a private school. Taking the time to prepare your child for the interview is one of the ways that they may make an impression on those who are talking to them.