5 Ways to Ace Your Pitzer Interview

We understand how nerve-wracking interviews can be, so we made a list of our five best tips to help you to nail your Pitzer Interview! Follow these tips and you’ll be confident and comfortable during your interview! We can’t wait to get to know you better!
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Before your interview:

Get to Know Yourself

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Who is your favorite tv show character?  What do you like to do in your free time? Where do you see yourself in five years? What are your hobbies and interests? Asking yourself simple questions like these is a great way to practice for your interview. It will also help you be prepared to answer personal questions during your interview!

Do Your Research

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A good way to impress your interviewer is to show that you’ve done your fair share of research. No, we don’t need you to be a ‘Pitzer pro’, but knowing a little bit about our college never hurts!  Find out why Pitzer a good fit for you. How can Pitzer help you pursue your interests? How can you contribute to the Pitzer community? What is it about Pitzer College that attracts you? Come prepared and you won’t regret it!

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Confidence is Key

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Practice! Practice! Practice! A good way to prep for your interview is to practice with your friends and family. If you’re not comfortable with this, practice in front of a mirror.  The more you practice, the more confident you will be. Nonetheless, don’t worry if you can’t get rid of the jitters… we understand how nerve-racking interviews can be.

During your interview:

“You Never Get A Second Chance to Make a First Impression…”

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To make sure you start off on the right foot, be on time.  Especially because we only get a short thirty minutes with you, your first impression is crucial.  Being on time shows you have respect for your interviewer–– your interviewer is also very busy and wants all the time they can get to know you!  Then, to seal the deal, thank your interviewer at the end of your meeting. Sending a thank you email or a written letter is not necessary, but there’s no harm in doing so either.

It’s a Conversation, Not an Interrogation

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There are no right answers and we definitely aren’t looking for perfect responses. We just want to get to know you better.  Tell us something that about yourself that we don’t already know. Tell us about that book you read or about your summer plans!  And don’t hesitate to ask any questions––the best interviews are the ones that are mutually interactive.

Show Your Interest

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Ask good questions. Asking questions not only shows that you’ve done your research but shows your interest in the school! Nevertheless, coming prepared doesn’t mean sounding rehearsed––a genuine interaction is what we are looking for.

We can’t wait to meet you!

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Posted by Kelly Chang ’22 on November 24, 2018

Kelly Chang ’22 Product Design and Communications