Top 10 Interview Questions
- Do I need to interview?
- But do I really NEED an interview?
- How and when do I set up an interview?
- I am a transfer student. Are there any special instructions for me?
- What if I am unable to visit the College before the application deadline?
- What about an alumni interview?
- How do I prepare for my admissions interview?
- Should I bring my parents to my interview?
- What if I am wait-listed or my application is deferred from Early Decision or Early Action to Regular Decision?
- OK, I’m still not sure, do I need an interview?
Admissions interviews are an optional part of the application process at Lewis & Clark. An interview serves several purposes:
-To give you the chance to sit down informally with an admissions counselor and have your questions answered.
-To give someone from the admissions committee a chance to meet you in person and learn more about you than we might see in your application materials.
-To give you the chance to address any issues in your application that are best explained in a personal conversation.
Interviews are available for first-year applicants beginning on May 1 of your junior year of high school through our Regular Decision application deadline of January 15. Transfers, see question #4 below.
It depends on what you want to get out of the interview. If you have questions that you feel must be answered face-to-face, or a situation that is best explained to someone who will handle your application, then an interview is important. If you haven’t been able to visit Lewis & Clark or attend an information session at your high school, but an admissions counselor is conducting interviews in your area, it would be a good idea to take the opportunity to sit down and talk with them. It is always nice for you and your admissions counselor to meet one another, and it is useful for us to know that you’ve got a sense of the College from someone who knows all about L&C.
On the other hand, if you feel that your application materials speak for themselves, and you’ve had your questions answered over the phone or at a high school visit or college fair, there is probably no need to purchase an expensive last-minute plane ticket or drive 500 miles to the nearest interview location during finals week just to squeeze in an interview (for example). For many students, group information sessions on campus or at high schools are the best places to get the information they need about the College. You should not think of an interview as just another hoop to jump through or item on your Lewis & Clark application ‘to-do’ list to cross off. However, be sure to consider visiting Lewis & Clark at some point, even if you can’t make it when interviews are available. Most students cite their campus visits as their most valuable tools when deciding which college is right for them.
You may request an on-campus interview over the phone or online when you set up your campus visit. Interviews are available by appointment only, beginning for first-year applicants on May 1 of your junior year of high school through the January 15 Regular application deadline, on weekdays when the College is open, and on most Saturdays during the school year. See our online visit form for specific dates. Transfer student interviews are available throughout the year. If you want your interview to be considered as part of your application, you should complete the interview before the first-year application deadline - November 1 if you are applying Early Decision or Early Action, and January 15 if you are applying Regular Decision. If you are a transfer applicant, see question #4 below.
Transfer applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the campus and schedule an interview with our transfer counselor, ideally before their application is complete. Because transfer applications are accepted on a rolling basis, transfer interviews are available year-round. If you cannot make it to campus for an interview, we may be able to schedule a telephone interview, but, in general, we do not recommend alumni interviews for transfer students.
Transfer interviews are most valuable when you bring a copy of your college transcript(s); this will assist us with an initial evaluation of your transfer credit and will also allow us to get the best sense of your academic preparedness for Lewis & Clark. For more information, go to our transfer page.
Admissions counselors travel throughout the fall and winter, conducting interviews in hotels and schools all over the United States. Common stops include Minneapolis, San Francisco, Honolulu, Denver, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Anchorage, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York City, and more. Our travel pages contain information and instructions about off-campus interviews. If you are on our mailing list, you will receive an invitation to interviews in your area, along with instructions for making an appointment.
If you do not live near a city where we will conduct interviews during the year, and you are unable to visit Lewis & Clark before the application deadline, you may contact your admissions counselor to discuss alumni interview possibilities. Our alumni interviewers have been trained to work with prospective students and the majority of them have visited the campus recently. An alumni interview is not evaluative. The alumni interviewer is not a part of the admissions committee, so will not be able to evaluate your chances for admission or give you advice about how to strengthen your application. This is, however, a great chance to learn more about the College from someone who is using their Lewis & Clark education, and to express your interest in L&C. Generally, alumni interviews are not recommended for transfer students.
Your interview is designed to be a conversation between you and an admissions counselor or admissions fellow. You will be asked about your academic interests, your academic record, and how you like to spend your free time. Be prepared to talk about why you are considering Lewis & Clark. Make sure you arrive equipped with a set of questions for the admissions counselor, and don’t be shy about bringing along a few notes about the questions you want to ask. It may also be useful to bring along a transcript. Additional written work is best submitted as part of the application; since an interview is brief by necessity (usually about 30 minutes), your interviewer will not be able to read and respond to papers, poetry, or similar items that you bring along. Remember that it is your responsibility to help us learn about you, and to learn all you can about the College. Arrive on time and prepared.
Parents generally do not sit in on the student interview. If time allows, your admissions counselor will be happy to meet with them and answer their questions following the interview.
If you receive your decision letter and your application is deferred from Early Action to Regular decision, or if you are offered a position on our wait list (see our top ten questions about the wait list), it is a good idea to schedule an interview if you have not had one already. We offer interviews in February and March to first-year applicants whose decisions have been deferred, and to wait-listed students during the month of April. There is no need to interview a second time if you had an interview earlier in the application process.
If you’ve read all of the information above and are still wondering if you should schedule an appointment for an interview, call our toll free number (800-444-4111) and ask to speak with your admissions counselor. He or she will be happy to talk with you about your options.