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Preparing for an Architecture University Admissions Interview

If you happened to be accepted into an architecture school that requires you to attend an admissions interview, then this post is for you. Preparing for an architecture admissions interview can be a very stressful experience for many people, especially since a lot can be at stake, so knowing what to expect for the interview and knowing how to prepare can make the difference between getting accepted by the architecture department and being turned away.

The most important part of any interview is to familiarize yourself with the architecture department’s program. Research what the architecture program is about, being sure to write down any questions you may have, and be prepared to talk about this. Not knowing anything about the school or program can be detrimental, and having even a minor inkling of these things will work greatly in your favor. Come prepared to ask a few questions, as showing curiosity about the architecture department’s program and university will show the interviewer just how much you want to attend the school.

Have prepared responses to standard interview questions, which may include:

• What interests you about our program and the architecture department, and why do you want to be a part of it?
• What skills or experience do you have that would make you a good candidate?
• How can you contribute to this program?
• What are your goals for the future?
• What do you look forward to the most as an architecture student?

Dressing appropriately for the interview is crucial, but so is being comfortable during the process. That being said, it is important to find equilibrium between proper attire and an adequate comfort level. This may take some time, so do not simply prepare your clothes the night before the interview; try your outfit on beforehand, and make sure that you’ll be comfortable and confident in it during the interview process.

It is important to be punctual—-meaning at least early—-for an interview, as well as respectful of the interviewer’s time. This may be obvious, but do not swear, be rude, curse, lie, or whine; simply treat the interview as a conversation with the architecture department’s ambassador, and be prepared to ask questions to show your enthusiasm for the school.

Coping with the stress of an impending interview can seem difficult, but if you prepare properly ahead of time there is NO reason to worry. Try to relax before your interview, take a few deep breaths, and realize that the more calm and composed you seem the better your odds of impressing the interviewer.

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