Advice from 28 Years of Interviewing Students and Families

St. Mark’s School, Director of Admission, Anne Behnke, shares some thoughts on the interview process for colleagues and families via SSATB ALC Blog, “The Art of Interviewing.”

| November 05, 2012

St. Mark's School (MA) (view profile), Director of Admission, Anne Behnke, shares some thoughts on the interview process for colleagues and families in her first post for the SSATB ALC Blog, "The Art of Interviewing."

I like her candor.

She confesses to good and bad days; to the anxieties of the interviewer, the prospective student and the family; and, most importantly, I think, to the effect that the admission professional has on the process.

Her advice to admission professionals does two things:

  1. Provides a framework through which admission officers can consider and refine their interviews.
  2. For any prospective families who read this post and/or her work, it gives families and understanding of how the school and admission officers think.

And, a third, larger thought, Behnke's suggestions can reduce the anxiety of everyone in the interview room.

A few of my favorite Behnke admission officer tips:

When speaking with the student:

When speaking with the parent(s):

For the admission officer:

I like her goal of removing the anxiety and secrecy and making the interview a warmer and more productive process. After all, the admission process should not be opaque or adversarial; it should be about the best fit between student and school.