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The Thread for College Interviews

Cooldude11989Cooldude11989 500 replies45 threadsRegistered User Member
If you have already done your interview for a particular college or colleges, please feel free to share your experience, the questions they ask. Also please state the name of your college, say how you prepared, and what you'd do differently if you could do the interview over. Thanks!
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  • devaakidevaaki 385 replies3 threadsRegistered User Member
    I've kind of already talked about MIT a bit; I just interviewed six days ago... one of the questions that threw me was: "Imagine it is 25 years from now. What would you do tomorrow?" I kinda hemmed and hawed around that one until I came up with something decent. Haha... It's also kind of nice to talk about the hacks that MIT students do... a good example would be the fire engine they put up there for the recent 9/11 anniversary.

    I've got a WUStL interview comin' up. I'll keep you guys posted.
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  • Cooldude11989Cooldude11989 500 replies45 threadsRegistered User Member
    buuuummmmpppppppppp
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  • jackson17jackson17 1011 replies149 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I had interviews at Bowdoin and Bates over the summer. I looked online for a list of common interview questions, but I never had to answer any of them. The Bowdoin interview was conducted by a senior and the Bates one by a recent graduate. They both seemed really low-key and spent more time asking about what I do in my free time and what my school is like. They also asked what kinds of organizations I would like to get involved in on campus. I was surprised because I expected harder, more personal questions about academics, but both interviews seemed like a chance for the interviewers to see if I would be a good fit. They both went pretty well.
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  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom 24049 replies804 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Before going to the interview, it can help to learn if the interview is informational (i.e. a chance for you to learn about the college) or if the interview's purpose is to evaluate you.

    I'm fairly sure that the US News web site about colleges -- the one that costs $14.95 to access Aug-Aug provides that info. You also may find it in the colleges' common data sets info. Links to many colleges' common data sets are pinned to the top of the first CC discussion board. http://talk.collegeconfidential.com/showthread.php?t=76444
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  • gonzo luxgonzo lux 421 replies45 threadsRegistered User Member
    bryn mawr this summer was my first interview, they don't require them but i was visiting anyways. it was very non-stressful, and i could tell where the questions were going. she never asked for my grades or test scores, but said that i fit what they like there after the interview.

    georgetown, a few weeks ago, also non-stressful, in fact it was at the interviewer's house! this was of course an alumnus interview. we just talked about his g-town experience and what i could see myself doing there. it went great. this interview was required

    u chicago, like two weeks ago, wonderful, non-stressful. at the interviewer's law office. we talked for two hours about everything! he answered all of my questions with seemingly honest answers. went by VERY quickly.

    good luck!
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  • theothermusetheothermuse 210 replies19 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    I recently had an interview with Beloit; my interviewed was the asst. director of admissions so I'd assume that it was evaluative. She did ask why I was interested in the school and what my GPA is but other than that, it was just casual chatting about the school. I think it went very well, but I was so nervous my memory could be flawed. :)
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  • jym626jym626 55545 replies2895 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Are all of you talking about on-campus interviews or local alumni interviews? I understand that the smaller schools (Bryn Mawr, Beloit, etc) will do on-campus interviews, but most of the middle size and bigger schools won't do campus interviews. I am pleasantly surprised to hear the MIT and WashU will do on-campus interviews, if that is what you are saying.
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  • csleslie51csleslie51 1068 replies104 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    I have a friend whose D is a NMSF and lilely to be val. She's looking at several top LACs that do not require interviews. Should she request interviews? Any advantages to having an interview if not required?
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  • theothermusetheothermuse 210 replies19 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    My interview was near my hometown but it was with an adcom member. It wasn't required but I think that it helps. It puts a face to the name and shows a side of you that doesn't come through in the applications. I'd think it would be harder to reject a person as opposed to a name and numbers. I also think it's a great opportunity to show how interested you are in the school. I came prepared and she commented about how well I'd researched Beloit.
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  • NorthstarmomNorthstarmom 24049 replies804 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    "Interviews on campus are very important, those with alums much less so (although you'll read various opinions here about this latter claim). "

    It depends on the college. Some offer on-campus interviews that are basically information -- to give info to the student, and to basically sell the student on the college.

    At some colleges like Harvard, which interview mainly through alum, the alum interviews are important. At least 90% of Harvard's applicants qualify for admission according to H's dean of admissions. Consequently, the interview can help make the difference between acceptance and rejection.

    An outstanding interview probably won't tip a student in, but a bad interview can keep a student out. I'm a H alum interviewer and have caught students in lies during their interviews (An advantage of alum interviews is that the alums are probably more likely to spot lies about things like ECs than admissions officers will since the alum interviewers may be very familiar with the local ECs. For instance, a student whom I interviewed claimed extensive experience with an organization that I spent a lot of time volunteering with. I'd never seen her before. I knew that if she had the experience that she had claimed, I'd have met her before. )

    I've also had admissions officers contact me directly with questions related ot the interview, so I know that when it comes to H, the interviews aren't empty exercises. Students who blow them off thinking alum's opinions don't count are making big mistakes.
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  • gonzo luxgonzo lux 421 replies45 threadsRegistered User Member
    i know g-town requires almuni interviews, but i of course do not know how much weight they put on them
    for chicago, i really just wanted to talk to an alum to get a better view of the school. in addition, i could also show my interest.
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  • DannyLS3DannyLS3 482 replies16 threadsRegistered User Member
    My interview for College of the Atlantic was yesterday and it went well. My interviewer was extremely nice, and it was very informal. Although the interview was not mandatory, I felt I should go on it anyway to better my chances of getting in the school. If I had any regrets, it would be to not be as informal as I was, and get down to real business.
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  • futurenyustudentfuturenyustudent 5303 replies63 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    Did anyone interview for Wesleyan? Can you share your experiences?

    I have quite a bit of experience interviewing...I interviewed to get into the private school I go to now, and I interviewed for school secretary sophomore year (this, however, didn't go too well, as I didn't get the position) but I usually can be lively and strike up conversation pretty well...for my high school interview it was like "What's your hobby?" "Why do you want to come here?" kind of thing....and for my stuco interview it was like "How can you be an asset to student council?" "What kind of ideas do you have?" etc (to the second question I thought about responding "I could tell you, but then you might not pick me and just use my ideas. I'll answer that if you pick me." but I resisted...hehe)
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  • fingersxedfingersxed 26 replies16 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    i'm interviewing for wellesley soon and i'm really nervous.
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  • jdhutchinjdhutchin 316 replies4 threadsRegistered User Member
    Back when I was applying for colleges, I did my MIT interview, which I don't think went so well. My biggest problem was that I didn't have any questions- I really knew about all I needed and wanted to about MIT (I'd visited campus, read about it, etc). If I could do it again, I would have forgotten about that and thought of some questions to ask anyways. I think that would have made it go much smoother.
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  • bkstg_mtbkstg_mt 20 replies9 threadsRegistered User New Member
    I had my Skidmore interview--evaluative, not informative--at the end of the summer. My interviewer was an assistant admissions dean, very nice, we talked for almost an hour. basic questions--asked about HS, ECs, what do you like about skidmore, what are you looking for in a school, etc. the one that caught me a bit off-guard was "tell me about your family"--wasn't really expecting that, but whatever-everything else went extremely well.
    Two of my friends who interviewed at Yale and Manhattanville said to beware of the "what words would you use to describe yourself" questions--they just want adjectives, no explanations. I'm glad they didn't ask me that!
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  • verbalizingverbalizing 134 replies39 threadsRegistered User Junior Member
    My U Chicago interviewer didn't show today.
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  • WealthOfInformationWealthOfInformation 1836 replies186 threadsRegistered User Senior Member
    ouch. :o(
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  • VandyHopefulVandyHopeful 364 replies61 threadsRegistered User Member
    omg .
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