How to Prepare for Your Everest University Online Interview
Posted Thursday, Aug 8, 2013 by
College interviews can be scary. Say the wrong thing, appear too shy or too eager or, worse yet, respond to your interviewer’s questions with a blank deer-in-the-headlights stare and you could derail your entire future. The stakes are so high that some high schoolers hire professional coaches just to prepare them for their academic auditions. And even then, when demand at a school is high and available positions are few, a positive outcome is never guaranteed.
Fortunately, performance anxiety is not something you have to worry about when interviewing with Everest University Online, a division of Everest University.
If you are interested in earning an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree from Everest University Online, you will be asked to interview with an admissions representative, usually by telephone. These interviews aren’t designed to select the top candidates but to help school representatives better determine how Everest can best service each applicant. They also provide students the chance to interview Everest, to learn more about each degree program and to better understand how online education works.
Here’s how to prepare for the interview so you’ll get the most from the experience.
1) Be ready to discuss your academic history, particularly whether or not you have earned your high school diploma. If you have not yet earned your diploma, discuss any plans you have to complete high school or earn a GED.
2) Be prepared to talk about any extracurricular activities you participated in as well as hobbies, volunteer work or other topics that reveal your personal passions. Any past employment, especially military service, is also highly relevant.
3) Think about your personal and professional goals, both long term and short term. Where do you see yourself in five years? In 10 years? What are your priorities? Money? Personal satisfaction? Working by yourself? Being part of a team? Personal achievement or helping others?
4) Have you already picked out a program to study? If so, ask all the questions you want about it. Who are the instructors? What are their backgrounds? What topics will be covered? How long will the program take to complete? How many hours a day per week will have to commit to school? How will progress be evaluated?
5) If you don’t have a clear idea of what subject you want to pursue, be ready to discuss that, too. Your Everest admissions representative can help you sift through your various options and select a subject that best meets your interest and ambitions.
6) Have you ever taken online classes before? If not, you probably will have plenty of questions about how that works. Are all lectures pre-recorded or are some live? Will I be interacting with other students? If so, how? Will I be able to communicate with my instructors and ask questions? If so, how? Make a list of all the things you’re unsure about so you can bring them up during the interview.
7) Before the interview, make sure you know the type of computer you own, including its operating system, so you can confirm it will be compatible with Everest’s online system.
8) You’ll probably also want to ask about student financing options, as well as any grant or scholarship opportunities that may be able.
When you’re ready, relax and have fun. Your Everest interview is meant to be a pleasurable experience, not to put you on the spot. It’s a chance for Everest to learn about you, and for you to learn about Everest. Make the most of it.
Earn Your Degree from Everest University Online
If you’d like to earn an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree but are already working or have family obligations that keep you at home, consider the benefits of Everest University Online, a division of Everest University. Everest University Online offers you the freedom and flexibility to take classes during the evening, on weekends or whenever else your schedule allows. Classes are small, so you can get to know your fellow students and develop close working relationships with your instructors.
Many classes involve group projects. The focus is on real-world situations, scenarios and challenges. And when you graduate, you can take advantage of Everest’s Career Services professionals, who can help you leverage your new degree into a more promising career.*
Currently Everest University Online offers bachelor’s degree programs in:
- Applied Management
- Computer Information Science
- Criminal Justice
- Homeland Security
Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
*Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.