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Penn interview help!!

EffrumEffrum Registered User Posts: 262 Junior Member
edited February 2011 in University of Pennsylvania
Hey everyone! I jsut got a call from a Penn Alum and I was lucky enough to get selected for an interview.

I was wondering if any of you have any interview tips, or sample questions that the interviewer might ask?

I want this interview to go as smoothly as possible because even though they say it doesn't really hold any weight i'm sure it effects things at least slightly.

thanks for all the insight
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Replies to: Penn interview help!!

  • strawberryadeccostrawberryadecco Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    same here, anyone have advice or remember the typical questions from last year? thanks!
  • lightforce22lightforce22 Registered User Posts: 108 Junior Member
    i didn't even get an interview. i really want one
  • feikuaifeikuai Registered User Posts: 149 Junior Member
    I turned in my app yesterday evening and got an email asking for an interview within 48 hours. Now that's dedication.

    My interview is scheduled in four days..I would really like any help as well! Thank you in advance!
  • bumblebee07bumblebee07 Registered User Posts: 177 Junior Member
    just be prepared for the usual questions and be calm
  • crashingwavescrashingwaves Registered User Posts: 1,120 Senior Member
    review your aristotle and definitely be ready to talk about quantum mechanics
  • feikuaifeikuai Registered User Posts: 149 Junior Member
    Will they discuss Orwell? Maybe I'll prepare a song and dance..
  • brownieboybrownieboy Registered User Posts: 186 Junior Member
    i had an interview yesterday (sent my stuff in in mid-oct, and i'm NOT an alum). it lasted 45 mins and it was at the alum's house- i brought my extracurric resume and we basically went over everything on the resume. i talked a LOT aobut my interests and everything, and i think that the alum got a true sense of who i was and what i've been doing for the past 3 years of high school. at the end she seemed enthused and called me an "extremely qualified applicant" !!!
    i was very happy
  • aj725aj725 Registered User Posts: 571 Member
    I'm an alum and I do a number of interviews for Penn each year. There is no comprehensive list of questions that they must ask but obviously the questions are going to be along the lines of -- why penn; why this major; tell me about your ECs etc. My personal tip is to have answers prepped to the obvious questions. There is nothing that gets a bad evaluation as much as when students say "i don't know" and just give up on a question. I've asked 'why penn' and gotten answers like 'i don't know, i wanted to go to school in a city, my sister went there and liked it etc.' You should be able to explain your reasons or else it looks like you just don't care about the school, even though you applied ED.

    Something else that goes over well with me -- the students who are articulate and mature enough to carry on a conversation. I'm not saying you should talk non-stop, but remember this is a conversation, so if an interviewer asks a question don't just answer it in 5 words and then force the interviewer to ask another -- give them material to work with!

    I'm happy to offer more input if you all have more specific questions.
  • azhao525azhao525 Registered User Posts: 216 Junior Member
    I had my interview last week, and a word of advice for anyone who is stressed over the interview, DON'T.

    For me, it lasted a bit over an hour. It was entirely conversational, beginning with "Why Penn?". We had some good laughs over stories of my experiences in high school as well as his experience at Penn.

    Don't worry about it.
    Don't appear nervous, just sit down, and talk.
    Don't be shy.
    Add a bit of humor at times, but be true and honest.
    Don't be afraid to speak boldly about yourself and describe your achievements.
    Try not to just list a bunch of random activities. At least describe them and tell them what you really did.
    Prepare a few questions beforehand in case they ask you what you want to know about them.

    Good luck to everyone out there! =)
  • icanreadicanread Registered User Posts: 508 Member
    do interviewers submit formal evaluations to penn about the student?
  • icanreadicanread Registered User Posts: 508 Member
    anyone already interviewed? please share your experiences!
    current students, offer some anecdotes as well :)
  • aj725aj725 Registered User Posts: 571 Member
    Yes -- interviewers have a certain amount of time to submit a write-up to admissions about the interview.
  • jadore_isabellajadore_isabella Registered User Posts: 614 Member
    i have a question about choice of clothing... although it says "casual" what extent of casual should it be?
  • feikuaifeikuai Registered User Posts: 149 Junior Member
    I'm planning on wearing a buttoned shirt with khaki slacks. That's what I've always worn for summer job interviews, so I would assume its similar.
  • aj725aj725 Registered User Posts: 571 Member
    You can wear casual clothing, but try not to be super-casual as it seems unprofessional -- i.e. avoid sweatshirts and sneakers; sweaters are good though; avoid jeans if you can and try to wear slacks or khakis.
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