None of my kids have ever applied to prep schools, but they’ve both landed part time jobs this summer. And I spent a number of years as Chairman of my department, interviewing potential teachers. So, for what it’s worth, here’s my advice:
The point behind an interview isn’t always about your answers-- most of that will already be on your application.
The interviewer wants to see who you are. They want to find that something that your mom and your dog and your best friends and your teammates all love about you.
So smile. Make eye contact and offer a firm handshake. (Yes, you can practice these!!) And have a conversation. Talk about your interests. Know some concrete reasons why you want THIS school-- what do they offer that makes you think they’ll be a good fit? (Hint: the answers can be found on their website.) What do you bring that makes you think you’ll fit in? (Ditto). You can practice this stuff as well.
Have questions prepared. Again take a look at the website and come up with some-- your parents can help here.
And relax. You won’t be the first shy kid they’ve interviewed. “Shy” does NOT equal “hostile.”
But interviewing is a skill. You’re on the right track by thinking about practicing ahead of time with your parents.
And I bet that when you’re talking about something you love-- your dog or a local sports team or science Olympiad or whatever it is that you love-- your expression is far less “sober.” So that’s what you want to talk about.
At the end of the day, you want to give them a reason to say yes. So find all those qualities that those who love you love the most, and find a way to make them shine.