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Yale Interview??

PrettyFlowersPrettyFlowers Posts: 15Registered User New Member
edited February 2011 in Yale University
I didn't know Yale did interviews, especially for me since I live in the Midwest. I got a call from a woman saying she wanted to set up my Yale interview at her house, and she lives here in my city. I don't want to disclose it, but it is several, several states away from where Yale is. Have you guys heard of this? I didn't know they did interviews and she didn't tell me if she was an admissions officer or what?
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  • overachiever92overachiever92 Posts: 914Registered User Member
    They definitely do interviews. It's a pretty known fact. I had mine last week. Just make sure you're able to hold a proper conversation and be yourself, and you'll be fine. The interview is the LEAST important part of the application as long as you don't completely mess it up...
  • T26E4T26E4 Posts: 17,024Registered User Senior Member
    Interviews are conducted by a vast network of alumni volunteers. They aren't official Admissions workers but serve at their behest.

    This will help you

    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/yale-university/804985-alumni-campus-interview-faq.html


    http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/yale-university/283957-rd-applicants-interview-advice.html
  • fogfogfogfog Posts: 4,056Registered User Senior Member
    FWIW

    Our student had a great time meeting the alumni interviewer. Great conversation.
    The alumni are interesting people who love their alma mater and you will enjoy the opportunity. ;o)
  • boomshakalakaboomshakalaka Posts: 694Registered User Member
    Ye, prolly all college interview formats are the same, maybe except for top scholarships
  • FecklessFeckless Posts: 12Registered User New Member
    On a separate yet related note, how about Dress Code? I generally wear dress pants and a dress shirt tucked into them, possibly with a tie for an interview. However, my interviewer did that that it is an informal interview and that there is no need to get dressed up?
  • boomshakalakaboomshakalaka Posts: 694Registered User Member
    Wear khaki pants and and polo etc. Don't take it over the top. THe dress code is technically in the middle of the formality range. Just wear something you're comfortable in, but don't take it over the top in either spectrum. I jst wear khaki pants and a lucky jacket that I wear for school. After all, I do get nervous but it always turns out okay.
  • Golf308Golf308 Posts: 225Registered User Junior Member
    I had my interview at Yale with a girl that was a senior at Yale. I wore black pants, dress shoes, collared shirt, and an argyle sweater. I was definitely more dressed up than most of the other kids waiting to be interviewed. Some of the other applicants were wearing blue jeans with holes and a t-shirt (which was definitely way too casual), but no one dressed up nicer than myself. The students and counselors administering the interviews were dressed to the same level as myself.
  • T26E4T26E4 Posts: 17,024Registered User Senior Member
    Feckless: if the interviewer has explicitly told you to dress casual, I'd follow his/her lead and just go presentable but not dolled up.
  • FecklessFeckless Posts: 12Registered User New Member
    Well he didn't explicitly say "dress casual" but he did say that "It is an informal interview, so there is no need to dress up or anything" or something like that. I'm not sure whether that means that it is my option
  • ampersandandampersandand Posts: 2Registered User New Member
    I had my Yale interview a while ago (I applied EA) and I just wore these terrifically cheap black pants and a semi-formalish shirt? It was completely fine, and my interviewer kept insisting that I call him by his first name, so I doubt he really cared what I was wearing. But definitely err on the side of being over-formal. It'll show you take the interview seriously.
  • FecklessFeckless Posts: 12Registered User New Member
    Thank you all for your input, I think I will go with a dress shirt tucked into dress pants without a tie.

    However, another problem has come up: the interview is in a bookstore's coffee shop. I am arriving early, so I would probably be there first. When my interviewer arrives (after greetings and such), I was planning on offering something like "Can I get you anything?" Would that be normal and polite, or would it be weird because I am younger than the interviewer?
  • T26E4T26E4 Posts: 17,024Registered User Senior Member
    You're the junior, he/she will be the senior. Don't offer. They probably will.

    One day, when you're interviewing students or job applicants or having lunch meetings with associates who are junior to you, then you ask them "can i buy you something?" Until then, you graciously accept or decline as you feel fit. It's just social/business protocol. Don't sweat it.
  • spiritinthenightspiritinthenight Posts: 96Registered User Junior Member
    ^ Agreed. In a program I did this summer one of the counselors was a student at Yale and she was talking to us about college interviews. She said that the interviewer will probably offer to buy you something, and when we asked if you're supposed to accept, she said that it's polite to decline the first time, but if they insist it's okay to say yes.
  • T26E4T26E4 Posts: 17,024Registered User Senior Member
    "she said that it's polite to decline the first time"

    LOL: you guys are over thinking this. Decline if you don't want anything to drink. Accept if you do. Just don't go up to the counter and order the super latte caramel mocha triple shot whatever that costs $12 plus the $5 danish!

    In all likelihood, your interviewer meets tons of people on a weekly basis where food/drink is involved. He/She will be perfectly comfortable having you accept the offer. As HS students, you've not been in situations where you're "hosting" someone. Don't sweat it.
  • spiritinthenightspiritinthenight Posts: 96Registered User Junior Member
    Yeah, I totally agree, I just meant that for anyone who's nervous about what they should do, sometimes it's good to have a rule of thumb to follow. Personally, I would feel awkward accepting a drink, so I would decline (I declined in my interview for Kenyon yesterday, and he didn't insist, so that was the end of it). If you really want something, politely say yes and thank them. You really can't go wrong either way as long as you're polite.
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