I have completed four interviews so far and have noticed that none of the schools actually require them. How important is the interview in the whole acceptance process? For example, I had am amazing MIT interview. I had a favorite author in common with the person who interviewed me and shared the exact same political beliefs. What was supposed to be a half hour long interview turned into an hour and a half long interview because we got carried away talking. The man, who is an alumnus of MIT and a professor at a nearby college, told me that he wished I was applying to his college.
Will the report of this interview, assuming it is as shining as I believe the interview was, have much of an impact on whether or not I am accepted? The reason I ask this is because I have heard MANY people refer to interviews as "solely" informational sessions. Yet, because I interview well, I hope that they count for more. Can anyone give me a definitive answer?
Sorry for the jumbled commentary, I'm doing calculus homework while writing this =)