Helpful Tips: Before the Interview

Responsibilities of Interviewers
  • Build connections with prospective students
  • Conduct informative interviews
  • Respect and protect the confidentiality of applicants
  • Complete and submit interview reports in a timely manner
  • Abide by Lawrence's non-discrimination policy, guidelines for interactions with minors, and conflict of interest policy
Picking the interview location

Pick a public place as it creates a “safe environment” for both you and the applicant and it protects you against any allegations that may run contrary to the guidelines for interacting with minors.

Types of places we recommend: Coffee Shops, Libraries or Book Stores

When meeting in a public location, please make sure the student will know how to identify you (what you’ll be wearing, for example).

If you conduct the interviews in your workplace, the office door should remain open for the same reasons we mention above. Do not conduct interviews in your home or the candidate’s home

Initial E-mail Template

To: Student

Subject: Lawrence University Admissions Interview


Dear (Student's first name),

I am so pleased to learn of your interest in Lawrence University! I am a Lawrence University alumnus/a, Class of ’XX, and I conduct interviews on behalf of the Office of Admissions. I would love an opportunity to talk with you and hear more about your interest in (academic or extracurricular areas of interest if available in the alumni portal) as well as your goals as you consider where you’ll spend the next four years.

Being a Lawrentian has influenced my life in incredible ways, and I look forward to learning more about you and how Lawrence might fit with your plans. Please respond to let me know if there is a time next week that works for you to meet. (Feel free to offer specific times and propose a location—for example, I’ll be at Starbucks on College Avenue from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15 if you are available during that time.)


(Your Name and Class year)

Lawrence University Alumni Interviewer

(Your job title and place of work)

On the interview day

As a representative of Lawrence University, one of our goals will be to create a mutually respectful environment.

  • Applicants should leave interviews feeling good about themselves and about Lawrence
  • If you are comfortable and relaxed, it makes it easier for the student to be comfortable and relaxed
  • Conversational tones work best
  • Typical interviews last 30-45 minutes, including the time for the applicant to ask questions.
    Some interviewers prefer to have the candidate ask questions at the end. Some prefer to make it an interchange. Find a style that works for you.

Be Sure to Share Your LU Story

  While some things change - many experiences remain the same...

  •     Preparation for life after Lawrence
  •     Freshman Studies
  •     Relationships with professors
  •     Intellectual inquiry
  •     Residential campus
  •     Sense of community
  •     Björklunden
  •     Influence of music
  •     Athletics
  •     Variety of off-campus experiences

Guidelines for Interviewers

To ensure that you are providing an environment that is safe and free from any misinterpretations by either party in the interview (the interviewer or the candidate), we have taken some inspiration from other colleges’ handbooks and adapted them for Lawrence use (IHRTLUHC).

Interactions with Minors: Always Do The Following
  • Hold your interview in a public mutually agreeable location.
  • Maintain appropriate physical boundaries with an applicant at all times.
  • Treat applicants with respect, loyalty, patience, integrity, courtesy, dignity and consideration.
  • Use positive reinforcement rather than criticism or comparison when interacting with an applicant.     
Interactions with Minors: Situations to Avoid
  • Being along with an applicant without another responsible adult being notified.
  • Touching or speaking to an applicant in a sexual or otherwise inappropriate manner.
  • Smoking or using tobacco product, or possessing or being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs at any time while interacting with an applicant.
  • Accepting gifts from or giving gifts to an applicant during the interview process.
  • Using profanity in the presence of applicants at any time.  
Alumni Interview Conflict of Interest Policy

In order to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest, alumni interviewers with children applying to Lawrence should withdraw from the interview volunteer list for that child’s senior year in high school.

Note: Lawrence volunteers are considered representatives of Lawrence University. As such, they are prohibited from using confidential information (such as a parent’s occupation, business contacts, etc.) for private purposes.

Nondiscrimination Policy