Personal interviews are strongly encouraged, to help the admission committee learn about strengths and interests that may not be obvious to us in reading your application, and to give you a chance to ask questions and learn more about Hamilton in a personal setting.
As Monty Python put it, “Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition.” And you shouldn’t either, when interviewing with a Hamilton College representative. We value relationships and dialogue, and our goal is to create an interview environment where you will feel comfortable talking with us about you, your college search, and the potential fit with Hamilton.
- It is more of a discussion than an interview. There won’t be any scripted questions or Hamilton College trivia. The conversation should be free-flowing in nature, and a two-way exchange. This is an opportunity for you to share what your passions are and how you and Hamilton would be a good fit for you to achieve your goals.
- Prepare and Practice. Self-reflect on how you spend your time. Think about your classes and activities and practice how you would explain this to someone new you meet. Also, you might want to be prepared to discuss why you see yourself as a good fit with Hamilton. Though we understand you might still be exploring that potential fit, and the interview may be part of that exploration, we assume anyone who has scheduled an interview has at least done enough homework to know that we have some qualities you are looking for in a College.
- Start with a confident handshake and eye contact. Your heart may be beating a mile a minute, but if you start the interview with a confident (and firm) handshake and direct eye contact, your nervousness will be less visible to your interviewer. And it may give you a confidence boost to help those feelings of nervousness dissolve.
- Dress for success? Not a requirement. Although we appreciate when students dress up for interviews, we also want you to be you and comfortable with your choices. If you feel like you’re representing your best self, that’s good enough for us.
- There’s more than one way to have a great interview. You don’t have to have the most gregarious or out-going personality to leave a positive impression. We value substance and authenticity in an interview setting. It takes all types of students from different backgrounds and with different strengths to build a vibrant and diverse community such as ours, and the interview is a great way to share your personality with us.
- Make your application come alive: It's not hard to find out what classes you're taking and what extra-curricular activities you're involved in. We will see all of that in your application. What we really want to find out is the why? Share with us your passions and why you have made the choices you have; give your interviewer some insight that she wouldn’t have had reading your resume.
- Help us help you! As much as we want to learn about you, you can take this opportunity to learn about us as well. Feel free to ask your interviewer about whatever Hamilton related questions are on your mind! If we don’t know the answer, we will try to find out or connect you with someone who does.