The High School Interview
As our eighth grade students pursue acceptances to competitive and/or prestigious independent and public high schools, the thought of interviewing can be daunting. Remedy? Red Oaks dad Tom Trynin (Sadie, 6th grade) volunteered to work with each of our eighth grade students. Each learned how to put their best self forward, how to answer the question you want the interviewer to ask, how to craft a story about themselves, and how to communicate that story effectively and confidently. Tom has considerable experience in the art of interviewing -- for the past ten years, he has been a Yale alumni interviewer. Asked about his experience at Red Oaks, Tom shared this, "First, I really enjoyed the process, meeting the students, and offering them guidance. They are amazing. They are inspiring. Their Executive Skills are clearly well developed and evident as they shook my hand and looked me in the eye. Each dressed nicely and demonstrated good manners. Those are key elements in making a positive first impression and our students get that. But beyond the first impression, their stories are compelling and their confidence grew throughout the process."