How Should I Prepare for My Interview?

  • The interview is an important part of the application process.

    • A parent/guardian should be present at the interview.  This validates support of the student's application. 
      • Some Academies will include the parent(s) in the interview room.
      • Some Academies will ask the parent(s) to wait outside the room.
    • In-person interviews are preferred, but virtual/video interviews may be utilized.  

    Note: if a parent cannot get off work to attend an interview in-person, we can make accommodations with the use of video/phone call.  Please contact the Academy Facilitator and/or your Middle School Counselor.

    Interview Sign-up Information

    • Each Academy sends out their own interview sign-up information and dates.  
    • Sign-up information will be sent out by each individual academy no later than three days before winter break.
      • The information will be sent to all the emails in the application.  

     

    Here are some tips to prepare:

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    Dress Professionally

    • A pair of slacks and a nice shirt is appropriate for anyone.
    • Pick out your outfit ahead of time to reduce stress on the day of the interview.
    • If you are in need of an outfit, check with your Middle School counselor as they may have clothes with options available or they can help you find something to wear.

    Practice

    • If your middle school has mock interviews, sign up for them.
    • Practice answering your essay questions verbally.
    • Be able to speak about your area of interest with passion and excitement.
    • Be able to speak about any experiences you have had or how you became interested in the content of the Academy.

    Interview the Academy

    • The interview is not just about the academy interviewing the student. It is also about the student interviewing the academy to see if it is a good fit for the student.
    • Prepare questions for the academy staff regarding how the academy will benefit you and prepare you for your future.