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Follow Up After Your College Interview


  1. Sending a prompt thank you message to an interviewer demonstrates maturity and professionalism.
  2. As soon as possible, send a short but sincere thank you note to the interviewer.
  3. Either handwritten or email is appropriate.
  4. Help the interviewer remember who you are. Personalize the note by referring to something specific that you talked about and how it affected you, such as, “I really appreciated your encouraging words on my volunteerism,” or “I took your suggestion to repeat my SAT test very seriously and have registered for the next testing date.”
  5. It’s okay to include any information you may have forgotten to mention at the interview.
  6. If you have any further questions, feel free to include them here.
  7. Finally, check your spelling and grammar.


If you feel that your interview did not go well, don’t despair. Rarely are admission chances ruined as a result of an awkward or uncomfortable interview.

Unless you’ve come across as purposefully or thoughtlessly rude, contemptuous or unenthusiastic about the college, or especially uncommunicative, the interview should not have a huge effect on the admissions decision.

However, if something untoward has occurred, such as the interviewer said or did something grossly inappropriate, contact the college admission office and report the incident. Ask if another interview can be scheduled with a different interviewer.