I hate to admit this but the night before our first private school parent interview, I couldn't fall asleep because I was worried about what to wear. Superficial, I know. Jeans—comfortable, most representative of me, but are they too casual? Skirt—fun and cute but way too fancy. I could wear a jean skirt with tights? What about that black sweater? Oh yeah, that has a big moth hole in the sleeve.
Finally, I decided on some gray wool pants and a black sweater that doesn't have a moth hole.
I also worried about what Ryan was going to wear, what I was going to say, what Ryan was going to say. I was treating the situation as if the admissions directors were judges at a dog show, examining our questions, responses, hand movements, facial ticks, and lipstick color.
All I can say is the admissions directors were the farthest thing from that. Rather they were friendly and laid-back. After one of our interviews, Ryan said, "I felt so comfortable with the admissions director that I wanted to hug her when we said goodbye."
I won't go into specifics about each one but I will offer some tips for those of you with upcoming interviews:
1) Don't worry. Don't stress. Be yourself. And wear jeans if that's what you want to wear.
2) Brainstorm some questions to ask the admissions director. I guarantee that you'll be asked, "Do you have any questions about the school?"
3) Be prepared to answer a few questions: Why are you interested in this school? What other schools are you considering? Tell me about your child?
4) Re-read your application essays before the interview. The interviewer might refer to the essays and it's a good way to re-fresh your memory on what you like about the school and why it's a good fit for your child.
5) Talk to your partner about the interview the night before. Make sure you're on the same page—in terms of what you like about the school, your child's strengths, and so on.
6) Don't forget: You're also interviewing them to see if the school is the right fit for your child.