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How Did Your Harvard Second Interview Go?

AY8888AY8888 Posts: 592User Awaiting Email Confirmation Member
edited March 2008 in College Admissions
How Did Your Harvard Second Interview Go?
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Replies to: How Did Your Harvard Second Interview Go?

  • ScipioScipio Posts: 7,805Super Moderator Senior Member
    Most Harvard applicants, including those who are accepted, get only one interview.
  • Bowler HatBowler Hat Posts: 231Registered User Junior Member
    I got 20 interviews. On a totally unrelated note, I also have 20 restraining orders.
  • DSCDSC Posts: 1,111Registered User Senior Member
    If you actually want to talk about this - go to the Harvard board.

    If you want to come off pompous, post here.
  • AY8888AY8888 Posts: 592User Awaiting Email Confirmation Member
    no-one's answered on the Harvard Board. Since this one gets more views, maybe I can get an answer on this question here. :)
  • jackiesakurajackiesakura Posts: 197Registered User Junior Member
    do only likely to be accepted people get second interviews?
  • AY8888AY8888 Posts: 592User Awaiting Email Confirmation Member
    I don't know. The second interview is definitely a positive sign though.
  • supsup Posts: 1,322Registered User Senior Member
    Two people from our school got into Harvard last year and neither of them had a second interview.

    My guess would be that it's for the more borderline applicants.
  • ScipioScipio Posts: 7,805Super Moderator Senior Member
    "The second interview is definitely a positive sign though."

    Maybe, maybe not. It may just mean that they wanted a second opinion - that something reported by the first interviewer didn't quite add up with what is written on the app.
  • supsup Posts: 1,322Registered User Senior Member
    By the way...has anyone else had a second interview?
  • QuixoticRickQuixoticRick Posts: 1,289Registered User Senior Member
    I heard that the second interview was offered to those whose first interview had a report that didn't make sense with the application or if it was negative.
  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom Posts: 24,853Registered User Senior Member
    I've chaired my regional alumni interview committee.

    Second interviews occur only rarely. Most applicants -- including those who get admitted don't get them. It's hard enough in most places to find enough willing alum to conduct all of the first interviews that need to be made. Doing those interviews is time consuming as the person has to not only make time to do the interview, but also take the time to write a narrative report.

    Harvard doesn't usually tell the interviewers why a second interview is requested.

    However, from what I've been able to figure out, second interviews can occur for reasons like the following: the admissions committee is very split on the applicant, with both sides giving compelling reasons for a decision; Harvard is very interested in an applicant, but the interviewer had a negative report or gives a report that is so vague that Harvard can't make a final decision; Harvard hadn't rated the student that high, but an interviewer did for reasons that go beyond what's on the application (such as if an interviewer was impressed by a student's level of intellectual discourse, but the student's grades/ recommendations didn't reflect this); an interviewer didn't submit a report (such as if the interviewer lost their report or became too sick to send it) or an interviewer did something so inept that Harvard wants a second interview in order to leave the student with a positive impression of Harvard whether or not the student is accepted.
  • AY8888AY8888 Posts: 592User Awaiting Email Confirmation Member
    What if your second interview is with the regional head of admisions? Some kids had it with two/three alumni interviewers and others had it with the head of admissions straightaway. Is there a difference?
  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom Posts: 24,853Registered User Senior Member
    There is no difference. You get the interviewer who's available.
  • AY8888AY8888 Posts: 592User Awaiting Email Confirmation Member
    oh. Because I know that some applicants had to do an interview with 2 alumnis and then with the head of admissions while others just did it with the head of admissions.
  • AY8888AY8888 Posts: 592User Awaiting Email Confirmation Member
    Just a curious question. If the regional director of admissions is telling you about various [Clubs that the applicant would be interested in] offerings available at Harvard during the last minute before you do the handshake and leave, is it a positive sign? I don't see why they would do that if they were going to reject an applicant.
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