The first stage in making sure you do well in a college interview (or any other interview for that matter) is to go through the 'Get Ready' stage. This is where you do the hard yards in terms of preparation. Just like studying for tests, it is no good leaving everything until the last minute and then race into an interview situation unprepared. Here's what you need to do:
Plan what needs to be written and presented and be sure to do it early. Do you have an essay or personal reflective piece of writing to prepare and submit? Then be sure to do it well ahead of time, and save it to your computer hard drive and a memory stick as well as printing out a hard copy. Then if something happens to your computer, you still have a printed copy that you can scan or retype as needed.
Prepare your clothes for the big day. Think 'casual, but dressed to impress' in the same combination. Nothing revealing, nothing too fancy, just neat, well cut and tidy.
Check your directions if you are headed someplace unfamiliar. This is not a time to be mucking around with a street directory or GPS instructions on the way there!
Think about what you might be asked and prepare some logical answers in your head. Avoid writing too much down beforehand or you risk confusing yourself, and making your verbal answers sound rehearsed and forced.
Plan for contingencies such as the car breaking down, being called away at the last minute, or receiving a phone call on your mobile phone (switch it off before you go in for an interview).
Get some family or other support on board - this is a great time for having someone else in your corner! Being able to enlist support for dealing with stress is an important life and work skill.