Getting your child accepted into a quality education private school requires more than just an impressive transcript. Some schools choose to interview the students only, while others choose to interview the parents as well as the children. Parent interviews can be stressful; your child's education and future depends on your performance. Here are a few steps you can take to ensure you create the right first impression with the admissions staff at your preferred elementary or high school.
Write A List Of Questions
The parent interview isn't just the school's chance to get to know you; it's also your chance to get to know the school better. Take some time to research the school's website to see what information isn't listed there already, and then create a list of questions you would like to have answered before you make a final decision about where your child will attend school. Questions about the school's average class size, extracurricular activity options and accreditation are all things you can include on your list.
Have Both Parents Attend The Interview
Even if you are no longer married, it is important to have both parents attend the interview. This creates a united front for your family, and it shows that you are both equally committed to your child's success. Be sure to schedule the interview on a day when you both have ample time to devote to the interview. The school administrators may want to invite you on a tour of the school after the interview is complete, and you'll want to show that you are ready to spend as much time as needed to get your child admitted to the school.
Be Polite, Yet Professional
Maintaining a friendly, polite tone throughout the interview is key. Avoid talking about the people you know who attend the school or work there, as this has little to do with your child's ability to succeed at the school. Stick to speaking about your child's academic success and potential instead. This can help you to stand out from the competition and show that your main focus is your child's educational future. Be sure to dress as you would for any job interview, and as an added polite measure, arrive a little bit early for the interview.
Practice Your Interview Skills
You may be nervous before the interview, so take a bit of time to practice before the big day. You and your spouse can practice talking about your child's interests and academic strengths, and you can also practice asking the questions you have created for the interview. With a bit of practice, you may feel more prepared and a little less nervous about the process.
If the school you are interested in conducts parent interviews, use this list to make sure you are ready to make a great first impression. It may help you to feel more confident and relaxed, which will show through as you answer questions about your little one.
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