Top 25 Admissions Counselor Interview Questions
1. How do you evaluate students to see if they are good fit for our school?
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What are your career goals as an Admissions Counselor?
 
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To increase erollement and hep.
 
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In the near term, I would like to develop myself to become the best admissions counselor possible, learning as much as I can about the role and about how I can best serve the needs of the department and NAU. In the longer-term, I would like to become a subject matter expert in an area of greatest need within my role. I would like to develop to the point that I become that go-to person whom others rely upon for the most current information.
 
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My goals is that improved my skill and get new idea.
 
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If given the opportunity I would make it a goal to increase student retention, since we have to make sure that when they arrive here they continue to thrive and finish their degree.
 
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In the near term, I would like to develop myself to become the best admissions counselor possible, learning as much as I can about the role and about how I can best serve the needs of the department and NAU. In the longer-term, I would like to become a subject matter expert in an area of greatest need within my role. I would like to develop to the point that I become that go-to person whom others rely upon for the most current information.
 
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What is your educational background?
 
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I have passed my 10 class on 2010 and 10+2 on 2012
 
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I have an Associates of Art Degree from Collin College.
 
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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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My college experience was great in terms of both character development and learning about the various aspects of higher education and psychology. They seem to complement each other. MY experience really prepared me well for success in higher education.
 
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I am an Economics Honours graduate from Delhi University, with nearly 3 years of experience in the field of Career Counseling, Advising, International Education and Training.
 
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Why are you interested in becoming an admissions counselor?
 
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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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Because of the potential to help students and change their lives.
 
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Because of the potential to help students and change their lives.
 
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To see a positive growth in students, and to eventually grow my career to achieve the goal of becoming an Director of Admissions.
 
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I want to be a face and representative for students who may not typically go to college. I want to get students excited and informed about higher education and the opportunities that they have.
 
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What do you know about our educational institute?
 
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NAU is a public university that offers undergrad, graduate and professional degrees that have high value. Faculty and staff are dedicated and passionate about their work. NAU has 3 main campuses: online, flagstaff, and extended campuses through Arizona. It is also a high research institution. Tuition rates are guaranteed to stay the same for 4 years. Students have 25% less student loan debt than national average.
 
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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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NAU is a public university that offers undergrad, graduate and professional degrees that have high value. Faculty and staff are dedicated and passionate about their work. NAU has 3 main campuses: online, flagstaff, and extended campuses through Arizona. It is also a high research institution. Tuition rates are guaranteed to stay the same for 4 years. Students have 25% less student loan debt than national average.
 
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I know it very well, I feel that I align with the mission statement and could use that to excel the admissions department.
 
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I've certainly done some preliminary research and I know there is still much to learn. However, I am very willing and have already began taking the steps.
 
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Tell me about your best experience as an Admissions Counselor.
 
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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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If you could choose your ideal environment would you be an Admissions Counselor in a high school, vocational college or a university?
 
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I would work at a university because I love college campuses and the infectious environment of continued learning.
 
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Tell me about a time you went over and above to help a student get into a program.
 
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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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Are you available to work evenings, weekends and overtime if required?
 
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How do you handle unmotivated students?
 
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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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What made you decide that you wanted to be an Admissions Counselor?
 
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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.
 
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When you were a student, who was the most influential individual to you?
 
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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.
 
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How important is policy to you?
 
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Tell me about an idea you implemented at your last job.
 
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How do you get along with others at work?
 
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Describe your leadership skills.
 
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Are you able to pass a criminal record check?
 
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Do you easily connect with your students?
 
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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.
 
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While attending University, what was your best course, and why?
 
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While attending University, what was your most challenging course, and why?
 
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Describe your communication style and why you feel it is effective.
 
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Are you an organized individual? What do you do to ensure you stay organized throughout your day?
 
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How would your former colleagues describe you?
 
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If I spoke with your former supervisor, what 2 things would they say you do best?
 
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If I spoke with your former supervisor, what 2 things would they say you could work on as an admissions professional?
 
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Have you ever been involved in creating an outreach program to promote your school?
 
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Tell me about any sales experience you may have.
 
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Are you familiar with the range of programs that we offer?
 
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You have multiple deadlines approaching with very little time. What do you do?
 
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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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Why are you the best candidate for us?
 
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