"I believe that when a student is failing, there are usually some underlying issues that need to be dealt with. I will collaborate with that student and the professor of the course to create an action plan for success. I will also openly ask the student what they need from me in order to feel supported."
The interviewer would like further insight into your style when it comes to giving advice and helping any failing students on your academic roster. Give a brief overview of what you would do to help a student who was struggling.
"The more I know about each student in my roster, the more targeted I can be with my coaching and recommendations. I truly do take the time to get to know each student on my roster. I want to know as much as I can!"
The correct answer to this question will always be 'as much as possible!'. The interviewer wants to see that you are engaged with your students and that you have the natural desire to get to know them better. The more you know, the better you can assist!
An Academic Advisor has a crucial role in the development of college students. Many college students will switch majors multiple times throughout their college careers. An academic advisor helps focus a college student's academic choice into one target. Potentially, saving them many semesters or quarters.
Academic advisors need to have a strong passion for education and helping students succeed. College is a very overwhelming experience for most students. An advisor can play a tremendous part in settling the nerves of a college student by having them focus and give them confidence on their major. They will have to work together and understand each student well to give them valuable advice on which major to pursue. If the student's major is known, then it is up to the advisor to make sure the student is taking the necessary classes to complete their major within the standard four years.
The interview process for an academic advisor will be challenging. You will have to describe your passion for helping students. You will also need to have a strong educational background and a good understanding of the university. Be able to recite a few examples of when you helped a student before. If you have never had student interaction, then become a tutor! Do anything where you can be involved with helping a student in a leadership or advisory role. Get some experience before your interview.