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Introduction to High School Interviewing. Interviews: What you do tends to matter more than what you say. Only a small portion of communication effectiveness depends on spoken words according to a 1971 study by Albert Mehrabian 93% is contingent on what you do and how you do it

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Introduction to high school interviewing

Introduction toHigh School Interviewing

Interviews what you do tends to matter more than what you say
Interviews: What you do tends to matter more than what you say

  • Only a small portion of communication effectiveness depends on spoken words according to a 1971 study by Albert Mehrabian

  • 93% is contingent on what you do and how you do it

    55% = Body language (non-verbal communication)

    38% = Vocal qualities (primarily tone)

    7% = Words

    100% = Communication / Interview effectiveness

  • Key takeaway: You can win the interview before you really start to speak


Source: Mehrabian, Albert (1971). Silent Messages

Body language 58 actions speak louder than words
Body Language = 58% say(Actions speak louder than words!)

  • Body language absolutely answers several critical, but unasked, questions for the interviewer:

    • Do you really care about this interview opportunity?

    • Do you really care about my school?

    • Do you really care about yourself?

  • Tips to improve body language:

    • Before the interview: practice good hygiene and dress for success (dress for where you want to go, not where you are currently at)

    • On the way to the interview: walk with a purpose and smile

    • Greeting the interviewer: smile, maintain eye contact and offer a firm handshake

    • During the interview: sit up straight, lean forward slightly in chair, maintain eye contact

  • What to avoid:

    • Yawning, fidgeting, slouching, sloppiness

    • Attire significantly more casual or significantly more dressy than the interviewer’s

    • Overpowering perfumes / colognes

Vocal qualities 35 watch your tone
Vocal Qualities = 35% say(Watch your tone!)

  • What should my tone be?

    • Friendly

    • Enthusiastic

    • Interested

  • Don’t be like these guys:

    • Eeyore(sad, depressed, mopey)

    • Cruella De Vil(critical, harsh, mean-spirited)

Words 7
Words = 7% say

  • What you say can be important, so

    • Be concise

    • Be honest, and

    • Practice beforehand (just memorize 2-3 key points for each practice question, don’t memorize every word in your response or you’ll appear robotic)

How to approach interview questions
How to approach interview questions… say

  • Before the interview:

    • Compile a list of anticipated questions (see samples on next page)

    • Write-out answers and practice them:

      • Remember 2-3 main talking points for each answer (don’t memorize each and every word)

      • Conduct a mock interview with parent or friend if possible

  • During the actual interview:

    • Listen carefully to the actual question

    • If you draw a blank, it is ok to ask interviewer to skip and come back to that question later

10 sample interview questions in two categories
10 Sample Interview Questions sayin two categories

Category 1: Know thyself

  • Tell me about yourself? (this is not an opening to share all your life experiences…instead provide a memorized, 30 second to 1 minute “elevator pitch” that introduces you and shares 3-4 things that make you memorable)

  • What three adjectives would your friends use to describe you?

  • What are your interests (academic subjects, intramural activities, leisure activities)?

  • Are you nervous? (be honest, it is ok to say “yes” as most every candidate is)

  • Tell me about your family? (focus on the positives)

    Category 2: Know thy high-school

  • Why do you want to attend our school? (show off your knowledge of the school…see note on researching schools on next page)

  • What do you know about our school?

  • What is our school’s motto?

  • What does our school motto mean?

  • What programs, activities or classes interest you the most at our school?

Final takeaways
Final Takeaways say

  • The interview is a small part of the overall application process. They really just want to get to know the real you a little bit better

  • You’ll make a lasting impression by sharing your passions and what makes you most special

  • Do some research on the school before your interview (brochures, school website)

  • Review a list of your activities, awards and accomplishments

  • Know your interview location and get there 15 minutes early

  • Send a personalized thank you note to your head interviewer afterwards

    Relax, say a prayer and let God work his plan for you!