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Anonymous asked: Hello! I'm preparing to schedule for an interview in Oberlin in September and on the Oberlin website I read that the interview would be "informal". I've had quite a few "formal" interviews and i'm not sure what an "informal" interview entails. Does it just mean that I do not need to be dressed up professionally? Or does it mean that the questions asked will be more informal? (Also what is an informal interview question?) Thank you for taking the time to read this!

My interview was over coffee with an alumni interviewer in my state. I believe I wore jeans and a button up shirt, and it was an extremely fun interview. We talked about what I liked, what I was excited about in general, and what I was excited about in regards to Oberlin. I also asked a bunch of questions about what Oberlin had to offer and what sort of things my interviewer did while at Oberlin (and I learned that their commencement speaker was Martin Luther King, Jr. which is AWESOME).

In retrospect, the whole point of the interview was to get a feel for what Obies are like, both as a prospective student of an alum and their relationship to the school and of an alum of a prospective Oberlin student.

To note: an interview is not required and it will not affect your application if it goes “badly” (hard to do, if you think about it, since it’s essentially a chat to let you get to know more about Oberlin and for Oberlin to get a bit more about you beyond your application). The best thing to do is to be yourself, ask lots of questions, and be yourself (I said it twice cause it’s really important!). Your interviewer is just as excited to get know you as you should be to get to know them.

Good luck, and have a great time!

- Ma’ayan Plaut ‘10, Social Media Coordinator 

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