By Samie Levin, for HerCampus
You’ve spent hours toiling away at all those applications and finally, after proofreading each essay so many times that you could probably recite them all from memory, you submit them. A huge weight is lifted off your shoulders—until you get an email about setting up an interview. Lucky for you, Her Campus is here to ease some of that weight that just got thrown right back onto you.
Many pre-collegiettes have no experience with formal interviews before going through the college admissions process, so it’s totally normal to be nervous and have a ton of questions or uncertainties about what to wear, what to bring, what to say (and what not to say), and what to expect in general. Whether you love interviews, hate them, or have never even had one before, the following insight from some seasoned vets—collegiettes, of course—will help you bring your A-game.
Dress to Impress
You already know how important first impressions are, so consider that what you wear will be the first thing the interviewer sees (besides your beautiful, smiling face). “I would say dress business casual,” says Merrimack junior Joanna Kingston. Think black pants, cords, jeans, or a not-too-tight skirt on bottom, and a solid-colored blouse, sweater, or blazer on top. Think of your outfit as something that you might wear to school to give a class presentation to look extra put-together. Taylor Southworth, a junior at the University of Michigan, has a good rule of thumb: “If you wouldn’t wear it to a family dinner, don’t wear it to an interview.”
You want to look appropriate, of course, but Joanna also advises, “You don’t want to be too stuffed up – you’re going to be a student not working in a law office!” So, don’t be afraid to let a bit of your personal style show through.
READ MORE: Click belowthe original article from HerCampus, written by Sammie Levin