Nailing Your College Application Interview: A Teen’s Guide

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As a high school student, the thought of facing a college application interview can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. It's natural to feel a mix of emotions, but remember that the interview is an opportunity to showcase your personality, interests, and potential. 

To help you prepare, we’ve put together this guide with tips and advice on how to rock your college application interview.

  • Research, Research, Research:

Before your interview, take the time to research the college thoroughly. Look into their programs, campus culture, notable faculty, and any recent achievements. By doing so, you’ll be able to demonstrate your genuine interest in the institution and engage in meaningful conversations during the interview.

  • Practice Makes Perfect:

Practice is key when it comes to interview preparation. Ask for help to a friend, family member, or teacher to conduct mock interviews. Practice answering common interview questions, such as “Tell me about yourself” or “Why do you want to attend this college?” This will help you become more comfortable with the interview process and refine your responses.

  • Showcasing Your Strengths:

During the interview, it’s important to highlight your strengths and unique qualities. Think about your accomplishments, extracurricular activities, hobbies, and volunteer work. These experiences can be great talking points that demonstrate your skills, leadership abilities, and personal growth.

  • Be Authentic:

While it’s important to put your best foot forward, it’s equally important to be yourself during the interview. Admissions officers are looking for genuine, well-rounded individuals who will contribute positively to their campus community. Be honest, sincere, and don’t be afraid to show your true personality.

  • Dress for Success:

First impressions matter! Dress appropriately for the interview. Choose an outfit that is professional, comfortable, and reflects your personal style. Remember, dressing well can boost your confidence and help you make a positive impression.

  • Prepare Thoughtful Questions:

At the end of the interview, the interviewer will likely ask if you have any questions. This is your chance to show your curiosity and engagement. Prepare a few thoughtful questions about the college’s specific programs, opportunities for involvement, or student support services. Asking questions demonstrates your genuine interest and helps you gain valuable insights.

  • Practice Good Body Language:

Non-verbal cues can speak volumes. Maintain good eye contact, sit up straight, and use natural gestures to convey your enthusiasm and interest. A smile can go a long way in establishing a positive rapport with your interviewer.

Remember: the college application interview is an opportunity for you to shine and showcase your potential. By following these tips, conducting thorough research, practicing, being authentic, and presenting yourself in the best possible light, you’ll be well-prepared to ace your interview. Embrace the experience, stay confident, and let your true self shine through. 

Good luck with your college application journey!

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Jonathan Chenier


Dr. Jonathan Chenier is co-founder and key contributor to Porta Sophia. With over two decades of experience in the field of international education, Jonathan’s journey has encompassed various pivotal roles across five different countries. He has served as an educator, mentor, coach, activities director, athletic director, curriculum director, assistant principal, and principal, crafting a rich tapestry of expertise.

Jonathan’s unwavering commitment lies in empowering students to reach for the stars and fervently pursue their dreams. His extensive career in education has not only cultivated his profound understanding of global academic landscapes but also ignited his passion for guiding students toward their full potential.

Phone: (+52) 55 5473 5321
Email: jc@portasophia.com

Diana Navarro Roa

Co-Founder & Chief Counseling Officer

Diana is a professional psychologist, certified career and college counselor with over two decades of extensive expertise in career counseling, college counseling, and university admissions. With a wealth of experience, she has guided countless students towards their academic and professional aspirations, offering invaluable insights and support throughout the complex journey of college selection and application. Her deep understanding of the admissions process, combined with her commitment to empowering students, makes her an invaluable asset in helping individuals achieve their higher education goals.

Phone: (+57) 313 2100944
Email: diana@portasophia.com

Juan Manuel Navarro Roa

Co-Founder & Business Development Director

Juan Manuel Navarro, Co-founder and Business Development Director of Porta Sophia. With a background in industrial design and international business from Columbia University and Universidad Externado, Juan Manuel brings over 20 years of entrepreneurial experience to the table. Passionate about guiding students toward their academic and personal goals, he and his team offer personalized assistance in college selection, test preparation, essay writing, career choices, and scholarship applications. Let Porta Sophia help you succeed on your journey.

Juan Manuel understands the challenges and rewards that come with pursuing one’s dreams, and they are eager to share their insights and expertise. Whether you require assistance in selecting a college, preparing for admission tests, crafting essays, making career choices, or applying for scholarships, they are here to support your path to success.

Phone: (+57) 301 2010575
Email: juan@portasophia.com

Monica Marriaga Martinez


Mónica Marriaga is a certified university counselor whose experience supporting processes within international schools spans over 15 years.  She is deeply invested in ensuring that students’ trajectory in school propels them to successful career paths.  This is why she works tirelessly towards student welfare and actively supports the university counseling process. Mónica has been involved in directorial affairs at one of the most prestigious IB schools in Colombia since 2015 and she assumed the role of Chairwoman two years ago.  

Mónica thoroughly understands the challenges of becoming an international student, having studied Management at the London School of Economics (LSE) in the UK through a Colfuturo scholarship. She holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Economics from Universidad de Los Andes and her 20+ years of professional experience include working in diverse industries in the public and private sectors.

Phone: (+57) 313 7184313
Email: monica@portasophia.com


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