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INTERVIEWS: do they matter at Brown?

mkt16a17mkt16a17 Registered User Posts: 146 Junior Member
edited October 2007 in Brown University
After reading that article on CC's home page, I was wondering - does anyone know how much brown's interviews matter?
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Replies to: INTERVIEWS: do they matter at Brown?

  • sly_vtsly_vt Registered User Posts: 774 Member
    I am an alumni interview; all Brown interviews are done by alumni. They are optional but recommended. The admissions office definitely reads them, appreciates having them, and learns more about the applicant from them. I would say it is extremely rare that an interview makes the difference between an acceptance or a rejection. Most interviews are positive; if you have a really negative write-up that might hurt your chances -- but I've also seen applicants with very negative write-ups get accepted.

    Interviews are arranged after Brown receives your application; names are given to the alumni, who contact the student. Early decision interviews typically happen during November, and regular decision in January and February.

    Hope that helps.
  • MovieBuffMovieBuff - Posts: 971 Member
    I am not quiet sure about this either. I found the interview very helpful because it gave me a more personal exposure to Brown. I believe that interviewing shows that you are serious and very interested in the school and you are not just applying for the sake of applying.

    My friends who felt they interviewed poorly did not get accepted. My interviewer ended up offering me a summer job with her and I got in. It was a good experience overall. How much weight does it have? I have no idea.
  • soozievtsoozievt Registered User, ! Posts: 31,686 Senior Member
    I have a kid at Brown. Before I ever "met" her on CC, sly_vt was my D's interviewer! Only after the fact, did I ever come to know sly_vt here. I also am an alum interviewer for my selective college alma mater and believe the interviews work similarly there as they do at Brown. The adcoms definitely read the interview narrative reports and consider them. They are not the make or break factor in admissions. However, a report from an interviewer that correlates and supports what the app shows and what the recommendations show, can only HELP. If it is a so so report, it likely has no effect. If the report puts up some red flags, it could hurt but I would think the adcoms would want at least one other piece that substantiates that. The interviews are helpful in that they can show personality and things that are not as black and white on an application and give adcoms another side of the applicant.
  • mkt16a17mkt16a17 Registered User Posts: 146 Junior Member
    ok, thanks everyone! I figured as much, but after reading the upenn article about how they don't actually matter, I just wanted to know.:-)
  • soozievtsoozievt Registered User, ! Posts: 31,686 Senior Member
    While I have no proof of this, but when I am assigned a student to interview and we contact the student to offer the interview here in my region and the student declines, that is noted. Frankly, I think that would not look so hot to have been offered one and contacted and then been not interested in having one. Who knows what that means but we do have to note it at the college for which I interview.
  • mkt16a17mkt16a17 Registered User Posts: 146 Junior Member
    Well I definitely wouldn't be declining - I'm interested because I think an interview would help me!:-)
  • davebdaveb Registered User Posts: 526 Member
    On a related note, can anyone give some pointers on questions asked during the interview?
  • GroovyGeekGroovyGeek Registered User Posts: 889 Member
    On a related note, can anyone give some pointers on questions asked during the interview?

    There are multiple threads devoted to this question on CC. Here is a condensed list of some of the more notable ones

    • Tell me about yourself
    • What do you consider your strengths
    • Tell me about a problem you had with a friend and how you solved it
    • What's your hobby?
    • Why do you want to come here?
    • Tell me about your HS, ECs, interests
    • What do you like about school <XXX>, what do you find most appealing
    • What are you looking for in a school
    • Tell me about three things that define school <XXX>
    • What is the school motto?
    • Tell me about your family
    • If there's one thing you can change about your high school, what would it be?
    • What do you do in your free time
    • Why should we accept you
    • What other schools are you applying to? Why?
    • Favorite author and why you like their writing
    • Favorite painter and why you like their painting
    • Good and bad experiences
    • What sets you apart?
    • Where do you see yourself in 5 years
    • What's your favorite subject this year?
    • Describe your family, how did you grow up
    • Favorite restaurant in town
    • What do you think your teacher said about you on your recommendation?
  • ClaySoulClaySoul - Posts: 2,176 Senior Member
    I've said it many times, I'll say it again, I think they have very litle influence on admissions decisions.
  • IlikeDiceIlikeDice Registered User Posts: 578 Member
    Some chick I know got interviewed, started dating the guy (I think), got deferred, then waitlisted, then rejected.

    Based on this information, I would say they make all the difference.
  • GroovyGeekGroovyGeek Registered User Posts: 889 Member
    ^^^^
    Hopefully you came up with this Solomon Wisdom by rolling the dice
  • davebdaveb Registered User Posts: 526 Member
    They may not go very far, but they can't hurt.
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