2019 Interview Information Guide

As you are aware, a short interview is a part of the enrollment and acceptance process for all our main campus programming. The interview process helps us determine which students are the best fit for each program. We know that having the right student in the right program is the biggest indicator of future success for the student.
This may seem overwhelming and scary but we don’t want it to be! We hope this will help ease your mind about the process and prepare you for the interview.

 

Mark your calendar. Select your date and time wisely, mark your calendar and put a reminder on your phone. We offer multiple dates and times to accommodate schedules, it is very important that you keep your chosen date and show up on time. If for any reason you need to change your interview you should notify us in advance.  Not showing for your interview time, can affect your acceptance! Being late or not showing up does not make a good impression.

Our Place. Interviews will take place at our campuses in a classroom or lab setting. If you do not drive, be sure to arrange transportation to and from our campus. When you arrive to our campus on the day of your interview, there will be someone to greet you and show you exactly where to go.

All about YOU. Interviews are not a team sport, so you’re going to fly solo on this. The purpose of the interview is for our instructors to get to know you and your interest in the program without distractions of others. Therefore our program instructors will interview you one on one; parents, family or friends should wait for you in a lobby, parking lot or common area.
Dress Code. Wear something that makes you feel confident and will help you make a positive impression. There is no official dress code or requirement for interviews. Some students will choose to dress up in business style clothing, while others wear jeans and a t-shirt. Whatever you choose to wear, be sure to accessorize with a smile and a firm handshake, those two things will be much more important than your clothing.

15 Minutes of Fame.  This is your time to shine, take advantage of the opportunity.  Interviews will be around 15 minutes each. Since this isn’t much time, you need to be sure to be ready to answer questions and talk about why you are interested in coming to Butler Tech. Be prepared to tell us about your career goals, field interests, knowledge of the program and willingness to work hard. Feel free to bring portfolios of your work or reference letters if you’d like.

Expert Level. We don’t expect you to be an expert in the field of the program you’re applying to. The whole point of attending Butler Tech is to learn about and train in the field to prepare you for your future. What we do expect is that you are willing to work hard and take your studies serious. Many of our programs have more applicants than spots available, so we cannot accept all students into their preferred program. The interview process will help us gauge your interest and passion for the program and your future plans.

Last but not least. We know you have great things to say, so be sure to speak clearly and confidently. Though you may be nervous, try to remember to make eye contact and stay engaged in the conversation. Be sure to put your phone on silent and keep it in your pocket or purse.  As silly as it may seem, practice your handshake and greeting before the interview. Think about how you will convey your interest and enthusiasm about the program to the instructor. As with anything in life, you will get out of it what you put into it. Being prepared will pay off for you! 

All students must have an interview prior to acceptance into one of our programs. Some makeup interviews will take place in other locations or by other methods and may be with a counselor or administrator. All students will be scored using a rubric that relates to their first choice program and will range from 1-40 points.  Rubric score rank will determine acceptance for qualified candidates. The complete acceptance process can be viewed at: https://www.butlertech.org/teen-education/future-students-parents/application-and-enrollment/ for questions about the interview process contact us at applicationhelp@butlertech.org or reach out to the specific campus you applied to.