We know that interviewing for anything is difficult, especially when you know that it could change your life. Here current Tech Scholars give interview candidates some pointers. We help that these help applicants as they prepare for their Terry Foundation interviews.
They've been there and were successful.
The names of the scholars are listed with their tips so if you have follow up questions, feel free to contact them.
Video from the Dallas Interview Location Here is a video Mrs. Medley made in 2012 at the Dallas interview site. She explains a bit about the process and shows you what it all looks like on the 15th floor at the Millian Building
Khaki Scrivner: 1: Be yourself--as corny as it sounds, that is what an interview panel wants to see. But be the best version of yourself--look professional and like you are taking the interview and the panel's time seriously. Be grateful and courteous, and do your best to convey that in your responses. 2: Be sure to answer the question you are asked. Never give just a yes or no, always expand. However, don't expand too much to the point that everyone becomes lost. For example, if asked something like, "Have you learned about leadership?" Don't only say, "Yes," and stop. Give an example or something specific you learned, but always tie it back in with the original question asked. Be to the point, but provide relevant examples. 3: Don't forget to smile and relax. I know it is difficult because it is such an honor, but a smile can a long way. Be personable and likable.
Justin Miller: 1. Relax 2. Be yourself 3. Don't overthink it Kate Webb: 1. Arrive extra early so that you can wait in the lobby and calm down a little before starting the interview process because it makes it really hard for the interviewers to understand you when you're hyperventilating into a brown bag.
2. Every Terry is chosen for a specific reason and no two are alike. Remember that it may seem like someone is more accomplished than you, but you have the potential to do just as impressive things.
3. Since I'm a Fashion Design major, I can't help but say dress to impress and pick classic over trendy. Girls should never be in pants, that includes dress pants, and guys should always be in a suit and tie and NEVER EVER wear white socks. The fashion police will arrest you if you do. I'm not kidding, they're real. Girls should not wear anything short, tight, or low-cut. The Terry interviewers want you to show off your assets but not THOSE assets.
Brian Richardson: My three tips would be: 1. Don't try to do just good enough to be a Terry. Prepare yourself to be the best interview overall. 2. Be passionate about what you speak about. Expand on your answers beyond a yes or a no and carry the question in the direction you want it to go. 3. Most importantly, have a good time. The way interviews go if you are having a good time, they are having a good time.
Matt McCutchen: 1. Be confident - you've worked hard to get an interview, own the fact that you've got what it takes, but be humble enough to recognize that the opportunity is life changing. 2. Be you - don't compromise who you are or what you believe over this interview -- keep your personality! 3. Be ready to talk - 90% of the talking will be you -- you'll see the reactions of the panel's faces on everything you say, you just have to speak well and get your point across.
Andi Hess: My top three tips are: 1) DON'T get overwhelmed by all the things before the interview. I know I was taken to three different places (picture, Robert Parker, and Mrs Medley) before I even interviewed, just take it all in. 2) DON'T be freaked out when you sit across from the six interviewers! They are all VERY understanding and super nice, nothing intimidating about them 3) DON'T be too hard on yourself and breathe!