Hi @andypan - as I have posted before, the AO’s I have spoken with enjoy interviewing interesting kids who have done interesting things. How well can you communicate your story in a brief interview, so they remember you? That is up to you. Make yourself memorable in a good way. Be polite. Be respectful. Be well groomed/clean. You can be confident, but don’t be arrogant. Look the interviewer in the eye. Ask questions about school life, school initiatives, how the school may offer a best-fit for you, etc.
It’s been our kiddo’s experience (and ours, also) that Deerfield places great importance on community-building. Unfortunately, this was less obvious and harder to achieve during COVID last year. During a typical (healthy) school year, there are “sit down meals” several times per week. This tradition has many benefits, Don’t worry! Not all sit down meals are fancy - but there are a couple of really FA CE ones like Thanksgiving and Holiday (Beef Wellington & Baked Alaska). Sitting at your assigned table for a few weeks will give you the opportunity to get to know fellow students of different grade years and from diverse backgrounds.
Learn about the many traditions at the school and determine if those are the types of activities you would enjoy. Know the meaning of The Door. Know the meaning of the school motto.
Come up with some questions you would feel comfortable asking the AO. Relay a genuine interest about the school to the AO. You can ask an AO about what they are looking for in students and how they can determine if a student is a good fit. No harm in asking that IMHO in a respectful way. Honestly, the best interviews Kiddo had were at Deerfield, Hotchkiss, & SPS because of the positive energy of the AO’s. Hopefully, the folks you interview with will be enthusiastic about their school.
Ask questions that are authentic or relate to yourself. Do not ask questions that reveal you have not done your research about the school. Know at least some of the school history of any BS you apply to.
MORE Things I would not say or ask of any school?
- Why did your Niche ranking go down from 2 years ago?
- Is this a feeder school?
- How much homework will a typical student have each night? - even though this is a very common question.
- Do I have to take (insert mandatory course here)?
- How many DC’s until you’re kicked out?
- What is your policy on drinking, drugs, (insert vice here)?
- Do you allow students to play Fortnite after school and on weekends?
- Can you get out of taking any EC’s?
Lastly, it is my belief that schools want happy and engaging kids. Try to present yourself as a happy kid. If you are not a happy kid, if you are angry, sullen, anti-social, have a chip on your shoulder, or prefer not to be an integral part of a community, then there are a couple of schools I can suggest you check out