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A College Interview... on a Webcam 

Monday, December 8, 2008

Wake Forest University is experimenting with an interview technique that may become much more common... talking with students via webcam. This is a great idea. It offers an opportunity for students to interview with admission counselor when they may not be able to afford a visit to campus or they may not live in an area with alumni interviewers. It seems to be a win-win for students and colleges.

Will Other Colleges Be Trying Webcam Interviews?

This is the first year for Wake Forest's webcam interviews, but I would not be surprised if this practice were put into use by other colleges over the next few years. While face-to-face interactions are likely the preferred method for conducting interviews, the webcam option would seem to be an attractive alternative when a face-to-face interview is not possible.

Could This Help Colleges Stand Out?

Additionally, I think colleges embracing technology in a constructive manner such as this will win some bonus points with students. It demonstrates that they are willing to think creatively to interact with prospective students and to adapt to students' needs. If you can't make it to campus for an interview, we'll figure out a way to bring the interviewer to you virtually. I think it gives students the feeling that a school really is interested in getting to know them and will go to great lengths to do so.

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