How Etiquette Can Help Get Your Child into a Great School

Today’s parents will spend about $250,000 in financial resources raising each of their children. Most parents do this without hesitation, because no amount of money is too much to give their children a life filled with joy and happiness.

As children get older, parents begin to focus on how school will set them up for success when they leave the house. Getting into the right school is a strong foundation for achievement in adulthood, as well as becoming a well-rounded human being.

Here is the catch: It’s not enough to have a bright child in a good school district anymore. Do the research and you’ll find plenty of programs out there to help get students ready for high school, college and graduate school. Test prep, essay writing, course selection, and other academic topics are absolutely essential to get right when setting up a track for great schools.

One area that’s not so prevalent is interview etiquette. Many schools offer a face-to-face interview with an admissions counselor and some even require it. It’s a wonderful opportunity to shine in-person. However, no amount of academic work will prepare a student for this interview.

Students are still so young when they’re asked to excel in an adult’s world. The pressure that a 14-year-old, 17-year-old, or even 21-year-old face when sitting down for 15-30 minutes with someone who has the power to point them down a road to success or mediocrity is incredibly overwhelming. They get one chance to impress.  One chance. Like any pressure-filled experience, students need the knowledge, techniques and practice to ace this test on their soft skills.

The Dapper Diplomat is offering a new program for families interested in preparing for school admissions interviews. We give students what they need to prepare, conduct and follow up on interviews with grace and poise. These impressions demonstrate soft skills that make them stand out at the end of the admissions process. Areas covered include:

  • Editing social media activity to eliminate detrimental content
  • Researching the institution for information about its values, student body, academics and history
  • Selecting appropriate grooming and attire choices
  • Introducing yourself to make a favorable impression
  • Presenting yourself with maturity and poise
  • Perfecting your conversation skills for listening, asking questions and articulation
  • Departing the interview with grace
  • Following up with an insightful and thoughtful correspondence

In the coming months, we will offer group seminars and private tutoring for families interested in providing their children with the non-academic skills necessary to make the grade when it matters most during the school admissions process.

We hope you will consider this for your children, as well as forward along the information to those who might value it for their own students.