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Top 30 Admissions Counselor Interview Questions

What unique qualities can you bring to our school?
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Question 2 of 30
Walk me through your approach with students who are undecided on their major.
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"I refer to my undecided students as 'open to exploring' so that they do not feel the guilt associated with being in a rut, or being undecided. I will take these open students through a cycle of exercises including a written exercise that walks them through their interests, life expectations, and how they view themselves. I will also set up opportunities for them to job shadow in a variety of careers that interest them."
This behavioral style question will help the interviewer to understand your coaching and counseling style better. Take the interviewer through your process for assisting students who need clear direction. Use a real-life example if you have one!
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"If I were to come across a student who was undecided on their major I would start by figuring out what they do not like, and also administer a personality test if that was a resource available to me. From there, I would encourage a student to job shadow a few family members or friends with interesting careers. There are many ways to help spark a new interest in an undecided student."
Experienced Example
"A large part of what I do with my undecided students is to encourage them to approach their network and tap into those supports and resources. I believe that a heavily encouraged and well supported individual will feel much more comfortable making a decision related to their educational path."
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Question 3 of 30
In your opinion, what are the top 3 functions of an admissions counselor?
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"I believe that the three primary functions of an admissions counselor are to help students recognize what they need to achieve, give them the tools they need to reach those goals, and help them to look at their post-secondary educational path critically. I see in your job posting that you greatly value those skills as well. I am highly competent in these functions and feel that my Master's Degree in Educational Counseling makes me the best fit for your needs."
The interviewer wants to know that you fully understand the scope of this position. If you are not sure of the essential functions of this role, go back to the job posting or job description where expectations are outlined. What do they continually mention in the job posting? Is there a standard theme? Talk about those and be sure to tie in the fact that you are experienced and talented in those exact areas.
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"Here are some qualities an admissions counselor should possess: - Concern for student success - Coursework and post-secondary knowledge - Ability to retain information - Strong memory - Counseling skills - Ability to build strong rapport, very quickly - Flexible availability - Ability to maintain confidentiality / discreet"
Experienced Example
"From my experience, I believe that an admissions counselor needs to be a strong source of guidance, be able to offer well-researched advice and be a strong accountability partner. Are these the qualities you are looking for, from your next admissions counselor?"
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Question 4 of 30
Why do you want to work as an admissions counselor?
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"I am impressed by your mission, and I love how much of an impact you make in the local community. Winning the community Humanitarian Award in 2016 was a remarkable achievement that stands out to me. In addition to all of this, I want to work here because you offer the growth, development, and continued education opportunities for your employees. I see a long-term fit here, with consistent growth, which is important to me."
This question can be difficult because it requires you to know enough about the educational facility to be impressed by what they do, and what they have to offer you, regarding growing your abilities as an admissions counselor Prepare for this question through due diligence! Review the academic facility's website first. You can read reviews of former students and find out about their reputation in the educational space. Sometimes you can even find articles or press releases to give you a brief on their latest accomplishments, innovations or school culture. Pinpoint the highlights. Know the facility's vision so that you can quickly tell them that your values align. Sharing your knowledge on the latest education-related news is a great indicator that you have a vested interest in them and the educational industry.
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"Working with your facility will be the best way for me to kick off my career. I met with a few individuals in this industry while attending university and everyone had the best things to say about your organization. I am thrilled to be here to interview today and hope that we can create a long-term working relationship."
Experienced Example
"I have had my eye on your facility for many years now. Because you are a leader in the educational industry, I see that you have a minimum turnover and few career openings come up. I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to be here today and hope that you can see a strong fit with my experience."
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Question 5 of 30
How familiar are you with the undergrad and graduate programs at our school?
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Question 6 of 30
As an admissions counselor you will often be privy to sensitive situations. Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
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Question 7 of 30
What causes you to feel dissatisfied on the job?
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Question 8 of 30
Tell me about your leadership qualities and how those help you with leading your students.
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Question 9 of 30
As an admissions counselor, understanding sources of inspiration is important. Who has inspired you in your life and why?
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Question 10 of 30
We are asking for 8 years of experience in an academic environment and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
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Question 11 of 30
How often do you take work home with you?
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Question 12 of 30
Tell me about yourself.
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Question 13 of 30
When have you worked among a diverse group of people?
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Question 14 of 30
Do you consider yourself a team player? Why?
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Question 15 of 30
Presenting accurate reports and documentation is an important part of being an admissions counselor. How would you describe your written communication skills?
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Question 16 of 30
How would you describe your work ethic?
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Question 17 of 30
When faced with a problem, are you more likely to jump into solving it, or are you the type to carefully assess the issue first?
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Question 18 of 30
What is your current salary?
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Question 19 of 30
What are your favorite resources for helping students discover potential career choices?
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Question 20 of 30
Under what circumstance would you suggest a student change majors?
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Question 21 of 30
When given your student roster, how much of each student's background do you like to learn?
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Question 22 of 30
What did you think of your admissions counselor when you were an undergraduate student?
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Question 23 of 30
What would you do if a student on your academic roster was failing a course?
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Question 24 of 30
What do you find most rewarding about being an admissions counselor?
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Question 25 of 30
How often do you monitor the progress of the students on your academic roster?
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Question 26 of 30
What questions do you have for me?
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Question 27 of 30
All of our candidates must pass a criminal record check and education verification. Is there any reason why you would not be comfortable with this?
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Question 28 of 30
If asked, how do you believe your coworkers would describe you?
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Question 29 of 30
How do you handle stress on the job?
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What do you know about the culture at our school?
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Question 1 of 30
What unique qualities can you bring to our school?
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Observations, examinations, school averages, extra curricular, essays, abllity to pay.
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I would evaluate students based on the fact finding questions I would ask to find out their interest are and what their goals they have for their future. With the information the student has given me, I would be able to help guide them in the right direction.
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I do a comprehensive review. I understand that students are not just test scores. I look to make sure that the student meets the minimum requirements for classes taken in high school and then look at their act, gpa, and class rank. My main goal when evaluating is to make sure that I am accepting students that are going to be successful at my university. I don't want to set a student up for failure.
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I would examine a student's financial situation and consider whether or not they are able to pay for the tuition. If they need further financial assistance it is important to seek what opportunities they may have for certain scholarships. I would also determine whether the students grades would support their ability to attend Warren Wilson.
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Observations, exams, test scores, after school activities, writing ability, and ability to pay.
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Character, grades, integrity.
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I evaluate students by asking them a few general questions on what are their personal goals.
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By asking questions and really getting to know them as a person.
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Program interest, competency to meet the general requirements of the institution, FA eligibility.
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I first look at their interests and extracurricular activities. These will give me an idea about how to relate their interests to their potential college experience. I then look at their academic strengths and weaknesses in order to best guide them in the direction of a college path by which they can succeed.
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I would evaluate students based of career goals, what they picture their college career looking like, and their high school career.
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Honestly I feel that if a student wants to continue their education then that is all they need. Even if, say, their grades may not have been the best at their previous location, I would prefer not to judge them based on that. Because things change. People.
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I evaluate students based on academics, extracurriculars and how they present themselves. I also look at college course.
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Students should be evalutated on same playing field. Grades, extraciricular activities in and out of school.
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I evaluate students by the what they submit and the criteria they fall in.
Question 2 of 30
Walk me through your approach with students who are undecided on their major.
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Stability, to meet specific objectives, to offer educational opportunities to student s and their families, to represent the mission of the school.
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My goals for this position is to focus on increasing enrollment in the school by allowing future students to explore their opportunities and increase awareness in the community. My goal is also to be able to implement new ways of recruiting students by developing new strategies by finding out the root of their interest and help explore all possibilities for what would suit the student best.
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To recruit as many students as possible to attending this school, networking within the school districts, being able to answer and please any questions from parents and prospective students.
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My main goal is to spread the knowledge about Stout. I feel that not many students know what we have to offer. Once I am able to connect with students and give them the information about Stout they are very interested and excited. My next gola would be to increase the number of students recruited from the state of MN.
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My goals for the position are to increase the diversity of the school and inspire international students to apply and enroll at the college.
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To recruit students to this school and increase the number the students who apply and commit to this school.
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My goals for this position is to focus on increasing enrollment in the school by allowing future students to explore their opportunities and increase awareness in the community. My goal is also to be able to implement new ways of recruiting students by developing new strategies by finding out the root of their interest and help explore all possibilities for what would suit the student best.
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I would like to get involved in the marketing aspect. Make Gallaudet more visually appealing by including all sorts of videos highlighting students' achievements.
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I plan to increase the retention rates of international students.
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I plan to bring upon my knowledge and expertise to this position.
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I want to be a resource for any prospective students and their families, providing valuable information and showing them how great of a college this would be for them.
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To help parents and students attend, prepare, and know about this great institute.
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To increase enrollment in the college, and overall awareness of what sets Utica College apart. I also want to grow and learn from the institution.
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To recruit the most talented and diverse students across the world.
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Stability with the potential to turn this into a career while assisting current and potential students alike to achieve their academic goals.
Question 3 of 30
In your opinion, what are the top 3 functions of an admissions counselor?
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Ma in applied sociology, trained to evaluate and survey community organizations.
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I have a Bachelors in Biological Science with a minor in physical science. I have been trained to work in a lab, analyse data, as well as how to incorporate my faith into the work place.
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I did well and I got masters degree.
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I attended Pequot Lakes High School k-11 and then finished my high school career at Brainerd Senior High back in 2002. I attended SDSU for my freshmen year before deciding to transfer to UMC to finish out my bachelors of science in Management.
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I am a Business Administration major with a minor in Mass communication.
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I have completed a BA in Global Studies at Warren Wilson College. In addition to this, I have attended the school of international studies in Ghana for 1 semester.
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Associate degree in Applied Science.
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I have completed a BA in Credential English and a minor in Communication Studies at California State University, Northridge and an MA in Linguistics at Gallaudet University.
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I got my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and then realized that it would be helpful for my career goals to continue my education by getting a Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Enrollment Management.
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BA in psychology and a MA in school counseling.
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I started my college career at Simpson College, where I initially majored in Marketing and Management while I played for the volleyball team. I transferred halfway through my sophomore year to UNI where I switched my major to Communication Studies, but kept an emphasis in marketing. I felt that studying communications helped me understand how to effectively reach others unique ways and also got me very comfortable with speaking in front of people. It helped me grow as an individual and prepared me for professional settings and networking in the real world. I completed 3 internships throughout college, all focusing on the marketing and promotions area. These experiences also helped me develop, both personally and professionally.
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I started my post-high school education at Farmingdale State College where I earned a B.S. In Applied Psychology; I had a remarkable learning experience there and it also influenced by decision to go into counseling. I then continued my education at LIU (Long Island University) Brentwood Campus where I earned my M.S. In School Counseling.
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I have an Associates of Art Degree from Collin College.
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I got a degree in psychology with minor in sociology.
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I am a degree holder of graduation from vinobha bhave university by 55%. And I have also the knowledge of ms exel and word.
Question 4 of 30
Why do you want to work as an admissions counselor?
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I like helping students.
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I have learned throughout the past year working in this position that I love working with students and parents. I get the most joy out of meeting with a family that is nervous and uneducated on the process of picking a school and helping them.
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I enjoy working with perspective students and acting as a resource for them when making their decisions and seeking paths that will help them to figure out their place in the world.
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I worked with students for many years and get a kick out of helping them. I also enjoyed meeting with their parents and helping them with questions about college.
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I want to become and Admissions Counselor because I want to get involved more with students education here at UCR. I want to give the students the ability to acheive their educational dreams. I want to provide them with all the information and knowledge that I have in the past 4 years of my experience working here.
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I want to have a career as an admissions counselor because I wan to be the first line of contact for students in getting into college.
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I want this to be my career because I like college.
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I want kids to get a world class education and for them to reach their full potential in and out of education with your school.
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To make sure students achieve their goals through education.
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Ultimately because I love helping people. And being that I have recently gone through college I feel that I have somewhat of an insiders perspective on what a potential student would want out of a counselor and what they would need and I feel that I could provide that.
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I feel that I am able to rleate to students. I am an open honest person who knows the impoartnsce of why one should persue in their education.
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I want a career as an Admissions Counselor because I think it is a perfect fit for me. I have worked in a high school as a guidance counselor and I am currently teaching a counseling course, so I feel that my experience would suffice this position. I have also interacted with Admissions counselors in the past and I truly admire what they do; the chance to answer questions about a college for people and interact with them about their future goals is something that I really would love to be a part of.
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I see myself as Admissions Counselor because I have a passion for helping students figure out thier future and help them know what is out there for them. They sometimes need guidance on what the next step is and I feel I can help them with that.
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To be able to see the visual arts continue to grow and expand.
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It has always been a dream of mine to become a school counselor. To me, being a counselor is more than just serving as a "guide on the side" but being able to constantly serve the students. Being able to be flexible and accessible when in need and giving back to SJC.
Question 5 of 30
How familiar are you with the undergrad and graduate programs at our school?
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Other than being a Graduate of the University and the knowledge that one would attain over the years rather it be through recreational situation or academic excellence as far as the ratings of professor putting all that knowledge aside I would say I pretty broad understanding of the University's major academic programs.
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Very well, I have worked at your institute for the past year and have learned a lot of about it. I also attended a university very similar to it.
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I know that it is a private, for profit institution that has four major programs.
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Warren Wilson College has 40 majors and 27 minors, including a degree in intercultural studies. Our three most popular majors are Environmental Studies, Outdoor Leadership, and Psychology.
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Warren Wilson College has a mission to facilitate higher learning through the commitment of academics, work, and service. It is a four year institution where students' choose between 40 majors and 27 minors to attain a BA or BS
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I have read up on it. I know their mission statement, when they began, other college affiliations.
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Other than being a Graduate of the University and the knowledge that one would attain over the years rather it be through recreational situation or academic excellence as far as the ratings of professor putting all that knowledge aside I would say I pretty broad understanding of the University's major academic programs.
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I have been at UC Riverside for the past 4 years. I know both the International Education Programs at the Extension Center as well as the business administration ascept of the Registrar Office and basic Student Business question regarding payment and fee schedules. I am aware of the up in coming program and schools here on campus. And very knowlegable of deadlines, websites, diplomas.
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Although I did not attend this college, I am fairly familiar with the school. My older sister went here and I visited her a lot. Morningside was also in my top three colleges, so I was very familiar with the campus and what you have to offer at the time I was looking.
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Well I do know that this a private school founded 10 years ago that promotes superior education.
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I know it very well. As soon as I was told I had a follow-up interview, well, actually before that even, I went on your website and studied everything I could. From what I can tell NAU is very much about attracting a wide set of diverse students. They have 3 core values and those are to offer high quality programs, provide a caring and supportive learning environment and offer technical and professional career programs.
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Very well, I recieved my AA from here and was a student ambassador while I attended school here.
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Extremely well. Not only did I attend the school but I also taught there for a couple years.
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An institution that was established over 125 years ago and now has 2 branch campuses and satellite campuses and is ranked in multiple publications.
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I your institute provide best selected coursesat very convinient fee good infrastructure and every possible facility.
Question 6 of 30
As an admissions counselor you will often be privy to sensitive situations. Do you think honesty is always the best policy?
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When I met one of my students for the first time after helping her receive a financial scholarship. It was wonderful to put a face to a name which truly brought to life the difference and impact my work can have on individual lives.
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At the end of the day, or looking back, knowing you believed and made a difference in students lives.
Question 7 of 30
What causes you to feel dissatisfied on the job?
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I would work at a university because I love college campuses and the infectious environment of continued learning.
Question 8 of 30
Tell me about your leadership qualities and how those help you with leading your students.
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While at Kaplan, I assisted a military spouse who had received her high school diploma from the UK. She did not have a copy of her high school credentials nor did her school still have her records. In order to attain her high school credentials, I emailed the Head Master of the school to request a formal letter stating that the student had indeed attended the school and when she had done so. Thankfully the Head Master was cooperative and sent the letter from the UK with a notarized signature to fulfill the admissions requirement.
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Student with disabilities. Parent phoned me in tears. The Deot that helps Students with disabilities, basically said you might as well face the fact your son will just work for McDonald's. Disgusted I said tell your son to come see me. He has asberger syndrome. Amazing. He lacked confidence, I would go with him to make introductions to other depts (financial aid, CSD faculty) Throughout his schooling I advised him about reducing course load a bit to make it easier, I'd read his thesis or just offer encouragement. He completed his course in 3 years, not two but went on to get his degree at a collaborative university. He and his family took me out for lunch and invited me to his graduation which I wouldn't have missed for the world.
Question 9 of 30
As an admissions counselor, understanding sources of inspiration is important. Who has inspired you in your life and why?
Question 10 of 30
We are asking for 8 years of experience in an academic environment and you have just 5. Why do you think you are qualified for this position?
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If a student is unmotivated, I would want to understand what is motivating them to apply in the first place. Do they want to attend the school or do their parents? Why do they want to attend college? Have they thought about their reasons for applying? I would reverse engineer the conversation and find out what the end goals were for the student to understand how best to motivate them.
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I offer empathy. I tell them it's an adjustment, everyone goes through it, and also see if they're in the right course for them If they are still interested. Also get teachers help that's what they're there for, options - courseliad too much? Drop a course or two make it manageable.
Question 11 of 30
How often do you take work home with you?
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Education has brought about positive changes in my life and I want to give back to others who are pursuing their academic and career goals.
Question 12 of 30
Tell me about yourself.
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My Mom. She went back to school when I was a sophomore in college. She had never finished college but always told me as a kid that she would go back to school when I was in college, and she did. I knew that if she could motivate herself to finish school, I could do it too.
Question 13 of 30
When have you worked among a diverse group of people?
Question 14 of 30
Do you consider yourself a team player? Why?
Question 15 of 30
Presenting accurate reports and documentation is an important part of being an admissions counselor. How would you describe your written communication skills?
Question 16 of 30
How would you describe your work ethic?
Question 17 of 30
When faced with a problem, are you more likely to jump into solving it, or are you the type to carefully assess the issue first?
Question 18 of 30
What is your current salary?
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I do find it easy to build rapport with students. The most important thing is to listen and empathize with any challenges they may be facing.
Question 19 of 30
What are your favorite resources for helping students discover potential career choices?
Question 20 of 30
Under what circumstance would you suggest a student change majors?
Question 21 of 30
When given your student roster, how much of each student's background do you like to learn?
Question 22 of 30
What did you think of your admissions counselor when you were an undergraduate student?
Question 23 of 30
What would you do if a student on your academic roster was failing a course?
Question 24 of 30
What do you find most rewarding about being an admissions counselor?
Question 25 of 30
How often do you monitor the progress of the students on your academic roster?
Question 26 of 30
What questions do you have for me?
Question 27 of 30
All of our candidates must pass a criminal record check and education verification. Is there any reason why you would not be comfortable with this?
Question 28 of 30
If asked, how do you believe your coworkers would describe you?
Question 29 of 30
How do you handle stress on the job?
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I take a step back and understand the order of the deadlines and the amount of time required to complete each project. I then start to tackle the larger projects first, especially if they entail collaboration with multiple departments, and then understand what projects I can accomplish myself all while keeping in mind what deadline date comes first, second, third, etc. If need be, I am not afraid to ask for assistance or advise about how to most efficiently and effectively complete a task. Especially when doing something for the first time.
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That is the norm in admissions. We would work long hours, come in on the weekend, as the deadline es have to be met. We couldn't delegate to any one because all admissions staff were just as busy. But every intake, we met or exceeded our targets.
Question 30 of 30
What do you know about the culture at our school?

About Admissions Counselor

August 17th, 2017

Admissions counselors either help high school students gain admission into an appropriate college, or work in a college to recruit students. Both occupations have a wide range of responsibilities related to the college application process. High school admissions counselors work with students individually and provide guidance by advising them on which colleges are a match with their interests, career goals, and academic achievement level. College admissions counselors are expected organize recruitment events to promote the college by speaking with potential students and parents. They also provide information to applicants about financial aid and scholarships, as well as any other programs that would attract the student to the school and/or assist with successful acceptance.

Job openings for admissions counselors can typically be found on the careers website of colleges and high schools, as well as on online job boards, especially ones that attract nonprofit organizations such as Idealist.org and Indeed.com. The interview will assess your technical knowledge of the college application process and your interpersonal skills. You'll be expected to have a good understanding of how to navigate the administrative functions of institutions. For college admissions counselors, it's important to be able to attract the right applicants for the college, as well as the ability to build a strong network. For high school admissions counselors, it's important to be able to develop individualized plans for the students that are tailored for their success.

To prepare for the interview, make sure that you research the school that you're applying to. Do your best to find out what problems they're facing. Is the college trying to attract a different demographic? Is the high school trying to increase college graduation rates for their at-risk students? Start by understanding the challenges, then think of examples of your work experience that can help overcome that challenge. At the high school level, come up with examples of your listening skill. For colleges, have examples of your ability to attract and engage people.

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