Intake Interview

Qualified candidates, who complete the Student Support ServicesApplication for Admission, will be invited to complete an Intake Interview.

In preparation for the Intake Interview we ask candidates to review the program brochure and visit the TRIO/SSS website. These resources detail the services provided by TRIO/SSS and the expectations established for program participants.

During the Intake, candidates are expected to (1) describe the specific program services they may benefit from, (2) identify their short term and long term goals and, (3) Prepare questions to ask the interviewer.

Below are some general tips which may be useful in your preparation for the Intake Interview.

  1. Be Prepared: Do your homework! Research TRIO/SSS materials, speak with current participants, and be prepared to discuss how we may be able to help you and how you will contribute to the growth of our program.
  2. Dress Appropriately: Ties and Dresses are not necessary! However, presenting yourself in a professional and respectful manner is important in any type of interview setting.
  3. Eye Contact: Maintain eye contact with your interviewer.This strategy engages your interviewer and through non verbal communication, shows your interest.
  4. Be Positive: Avoid negative comments about others and playing the blame game.Don't be afraid to admit personal mistakes, but focus on your successes and future goals.
  5. Engage: Encourage the interviewer to discuss, in depth, the services which you identify as particularly important to your success at DMACC. It is also important that you share information about yourself and articulate the strengths you would bring to the TRIO/SSS program.

Below is a collection of common interview questions which may be ask during your interview.

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What do you know about TRIO/SSS?
  3. Why should we select you for the program?
  4. What brought you to DMACC?
  5. What would your current instructors say about you as a student?
  6. What is your greatest accomplishment?
  7. What is your ultimate career/education goal(s)?
  8. How do you overcome obstacles?
  9. Who is your strongest supporter?
  10. Describe your ideal learning environment.

Not sure what to ask the interviewer? Here are some suggestions.

  1. What are the benefits of your program?
  2. Describe your advising style.
  3. What expectations do you have of me as a potential participant?
  4. What would former participants say about your program?
  5. If I don't do well in my classes, what are the consequences?
  6. Does the program have evidence of success you may share?
  7. What are common barriers facing students at DMACC-Urban?
  8. How do you evaluate existing participants?
  9. Does the program offer financial support?
  10. How often will my advisor change?