Getting worried about the interview thing now... Still haven't received any contact from an interviewer, everyone I know who has applied with me have received calls. Should I contact the Brown office or let it be?
first double check your Brown profile to make sure your e-mail and phone numbers are correct and ones you can actually be contacted by. Then check your e-mail in the spam/junk mail portion to make sure a contact mail to you hasn't landed there. Then ask your little brother to make sure they didn't get /erase a phone message to you. If you still haven't found an attempt to reach you, then I would go ahead and contact Brown. At this point, with the Thanksgiving Holiday coming up which makes connecting for interviews sometimes more difficult, I would want to get at least a contact started by the end of this week. There is always the possibility that an interviewer has not been assigned. (and your interest level will show to Brown in the follow through.) By now the interviewers who have not indicated that they have at least made contact with the ED applicants are getting reminder e-mails to do so.
I double-checked my Brown profile and everything seems to be fine. I don't have a little brother but my elder brother is also applying for Grad studies so he probably would let me know if there was any phone call haha. I guess I'll wait till 21st to contact the Brown admissions, that'll be a good 20 days from when I sent my application. Also I don't want to seem desperate!
Thanks anyway, I'll let you'll know about my interview status.
My SAT scores have reached Brown so now it's not like they have an incomplete application to deal with haha.
Hello! I'm from Texas and the way the interview works here is that there is a large Interview Event and you're given a time slot. Thank God I was out on a college visit that day and requested a rescheduling. I should be notified of a one-on-one soon.
Don't worry. Son didn't get interview for a while. Suddenly, he received a phone call one evening at 930pm, asking him for a phone interview the next night. He thought it was a difficult interview, since he couldn't see the interviewer's facial expression as compared to a one on one interview. It lasted for 30mins. He is now completing his first semester at Brown!
I still haven't heard from Brown about my ED interview, and it's been more than two weeks since I submitted my application. Everything seems to be submitted according to my Brown profile. Should I consider contacting the admissions office?
If you haven't heard by Monday, yes I would contact Brown. (Weekend is a good "catch up" time for otherwise busy alums, so wait until Monday to see.) If you hear from the alum who is assigned to interview you from now til end of November, I would try very hard to be flexible in meeting times so you can get the interview done. Some alums will be working hard to get last minute, rescheduled interviews in to Brown by the December 1 deadline for ED applicants. Sometimes that means that a Regional Chair (the person who organizes a regions interviews) may be having to do lots of interviews last minute themselves when things fell through from other assignments, or may be reassigning them to someone who is just getting your contact info this week. You are not required to have an interview. However turning down multiple time slots for "minimal" reasons is going to be perceived as lack of interest.
Hi everyone! I just completed my interview today and thought I'd share my experience. Keep in mind that this information is specific to my experience and may or may not apply to you. Take it as a heads-up, not as law.
My interviewer told me she had been doing the interviewing process for 7 years. She let me know it was casual and to wear jeans if I wanted, so I picked a really nice pair and a nice sweater. I feel like she didn't care at all what I was wearing. This took place at a Starbucks.
So far I have interviewed for Rice, UChicago, and Georgetown, and while I knew this interview would be the most challenging thus far (I've heard that top tier interviews are the worst; heard a horror story about an MIT interview from a friend and would be happy to share if anyone cares).
Some things that caught me off guard but probably wouldn't have if the previous interviews had been more challenging:
1. She really grilled me on my community service when I talked about how much I loved it. I was able to list things in correlation to Key Club and she asked for stuff outside of it. So make sure you have plenty to talk about when you say "I'm passionate in -blank-." Doing club service won't cut it if you say you love community service. You'll need stuff outside of school, too. I'm glad I had more than just school requirements to discuss.
2. She asked me what other classes I would take outside of my concentration and explained Brown wants people to take advantage of the liberal, rounding education. I was unable to list specific course names and went with interests outside of my concentration (which is premed; at first I talked about taking some psych and health care system courses in addition to my neuroscience concentration but added African Studies when I realized she wanted to know what I would do outside of just premed).
3. I was asked about what I would do in a situation with a rowdy, conflicting roommate. I'm not sure what she was looking for because she didn't seem impressed when I said I was a good communicator and would be able to reach a compromise or involve an RA/person in charge, but I'm not that worried. She later explained that those situations do arise at Brown and Brown wants to know that their students can handle it when the situation arises.
4. She asked me multiple times about how my parents feel about me applying out of state, going away, applying to an expensive school, ect. Easy answers, but still surprising that she asked.
5. "You're in the Dean's office and he asks you 'Why should I accept you? How are you different from every other applicant?' what do you say?" This took me a bit to formulate an answer. Be prepared to explain how you're unique and unlike anyone else they've met.
6. "Can you tell me about a time you solved a conflict creatively, overcame a situation, or met a goal during a challenge?" That's paraphrasing. The actual question was crazy weird and took me awhile to grasp. I didn't like my answer.
7. She liked that I had questions already written down in my spiral. Obviously, have questions prepared.
8. Have a final statement prepared. "Is there any last thing you'd like to say to Brown?"
9. Know what you'll be involved in if you go to Brown. Kudos to you if you can list specific clubs, bonus points if they're the funny/weird/social ones.
10. Reflect diversity. My interviewer and I talked about how Brown is filled to the brim with wealthy kids and those who were well-prepared to get into the Ivies, and how my financial and social background would bring diversity but would present a challenge in terms of dealing with such an affluent school. Be honest. You don't have to come off as "I'll perfectly fit right in."
11. Have your "Why Brown?" answer well-prepared, and make it good. There is no right answer but there are bad ones (ones too generic and could apply to any school, ones that conflict with the aura of the school, ect.). I was prepared for this thanks to past interviews.
I hope this helps, despite how long and drawn-out this was. I apologize for that. This was my first Ivy interview, so if you haven't had one yet (which most of you probably have not, as I think most of the Ivies are ED or RD?), just know who you are as a student and person and come prepared. Try not to be surprised by anything; I know I was a couple of times and it impacted my answers. Be interesting though, especially if you've had an interviewer who's been doing interviews for awhile. Mine repeatedly said "I usually get some interesting answers." at times, and not to snub me, but it worried me that I might've not been one of those people.