Interview Preparation Packages at The Ivy Team (Up to 77% Off). Six Options Available.

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In a Nutshell

Professionals hold mock interviews, using actual interview questions used by recruiters, and interviewers for Ivy League schools

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires 180 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Not valid for clients active within the past 12 month(s). Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. All goods or services must be used by the same person. Reservation required. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Six Options

  • $125 for a 30-minute online session: including 15-minute mock interview with 15-minute analysis and write up with one coach ($550 value)
  • $425 for 40-minute online session, with write up with tips, and video analysis ($1,000 value)
  • $1,125 for three one-hour online sessions with one coach with write-ups with tips, video copy, video analysis, worksheets for parents and students ($2,600 value)

Session 1 Includes:

  • Mock interview
  • Explanation of the interview function
  • Evaluation
  • Individualized preparation guide to prepare for Session 2
  • Follow up question guide
  • Interview video recording with analysis
  • I+PREP coordinator full report

Session 2 Includes:

  • Interview diagnostic (critical evaluation and analysis of interview)
  • Strategic planning for interviewing
  • Core messaging development and implications for interview style and energy
  • Body language and eye contact exercise
  • Non-words and pacing exercise
  • Reframing and repositioning to core message exercise
  • Parental interview preparation guide (tips and strategies for working with your student and creating a positive feedback loop)

Session 3 Includes: * Advanced mock interview * Final evaluation and report

Four Places to Watch for Body Language

When meeting someone for the first time, the way you arch your eyebrows, move your hands, or even sit can tell them how you feel. Here’s a quick guide to recognizing the subtle messages you might receive—or inadvertently send.

The Head: People who are genuinely interested will naturally cock their head to the side, as if literally offering an ear to their partner. Raising the eyebrows can also be a sign of interest, as can nodding your head in clusters of three rather than only once. On the flip side, a furrowed brow is often a sign of confusion, and many people bite their lip to soothe themselves in situations that feel awkward or uncomfortable.

The Hands: In the company of unfamiliar faces, most people assume a cautious approach to the conversation. They might sit back and use small, precise gestures when speaking in a slow, quiet manner. Once they’re comfortable, however, people open up, relaxing their shoulders and leaning forward to use more animated, open gestures and faster speech. These signals go both ways: adopting the more interested, exciting body language can convey your interest and make you seem more inviting at the same time.

The Habits: Even among these signals, not all body language tells the whole story. For instance, self-soothing behaviors such as biting your nails could come across to others as results of anxiety or discomfort—both possible signs of deception. Studies show, however, that these behaviors are more indicative of stress than lying; both guilty and innocent parties exhibited them in interview situations.

The Eyes: Likewise, avoiding eye contact is frequently associated with lying, but studies have shown that habitual liars often attempt to compensate by engaging in more eye contact than usual. In fact, humans naturally look away when trying to recall important conversation points, glancing upward when trying to recall a visual memory or to the side (toward the ears) to remember something they heard. So next time you think someone is lying, be aware: they could just be trying to be completely honest about what they saw at their Great Aunt’s funeral during your barbecue last weekend.

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