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Phillips Exeter Interview Tips

IceTr3IceTr3 2 replies3 threads New Member
edited December 2012 in Prep School Admissions
Hello. I have an interview for Phillips Exeter soon at a cafe, and I'm wondering if anyone has any tips for interviews at this school and what I should do at the cafe (such as should I buy a drink).
edited December 2012
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  • trumpetjeantrumpetjean 21 replies0 threads New Member
    For the interview, you should jot down some questions that might appear and jot down some ideas, so you can be well prepared. Also bring a set of questions to ask, because interviewers always like it if you have interesting questions to ask.
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  • 2prepMom2prepMom 1129 replies11 threads Senior Member

    buy an iced drink (sorry, couldn't resist given your name). Probably the cafe wil like it better if you both buy something, so a drink is fine. Avoid sticky messy food.

    Suggest dressing in something clean and well-fitting, but not too formal. A polo or sweater and nice khakis for a guy, and a skirt or slacks and a shirt or sweater for girls. You want to show respect for the interviewer but this is not a school visit (when boys need a tie). However, you wouldn't be wrong with a shirt and tie if you are male.

    Be prepared to explain in detail why you are a good fit for Exeter. Comb the website, read the materials they sent you. Do you like the math pedagogy, Harkness, the classics diploma, advanced science, certain sports, theatre, non sibi? How will you contribute to the community? Be ready to discuss a book you have read, or a challenge you have faced and how you overcame it. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Demonstrate knowledge of Exeter, and show passion about one or several of your interests. Ask questions like advice on adjusting to boarding, the best part the alumnus/a recalls from their experience at Exeter, or similar.
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  • IceTr3IceTr3 2 replies3 threads New Member
    So should I buy a drink?
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  • girlgeekmomgirlgeekmom 504 replies9 threads Member
    Yes. Read post #3. At the very least it is a courtesy to the place where you'll be hanging out. They are not in the business of hosting interviews. They are in the business of selling drinks and food.
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