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Alumni Interview thoughts

iamdea5iamdea5 Registered User Posts: 13 New Member
I'm not sure how to feel about my alumni interview.
There were some good moments, but I felt like a lot of the questions were posed in a way that was meant to make me feel inferior to other applicants. It ended on a good note, however, with the interviewer apparently impressed by the "compassion" that I showed. Georgetown is already a stretch for me, so will this seriously hinder my chances at getting accepted? Any and all thoughts welcome.

Replies to: Alumni Interview thoughts

  • LKbraindamageLKbraindamage Registered User Posts: 18 New Member
    What specific questions did they ask?
  • sashaofficialsashaofficial Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    Rep told me that alum interviews are not make or break for anyone, rather a chance to personalize the admissions process and to give G-town another lens to look at each applicant through. Each interviewer does this differently- my best friend had a male corporate executive do hers and felt like she was under attack and having to prove herself the entire time. I had a female stay-home mom who could not have been nicer. Both of us were told that we did very well and would be recommended, despite our dissimilar experiences. Don't discount yourself, you never know!
  • drcharismadrcharisma Registered User Posts: 233 Junior Member
    Question about the alumni interview.

    I read the website and they said that they'll assign interviewers based on "school year address". My "permanent" address is in China, but my mailing address is in Pennsylvania (to my brother)!

    Does that mean that I'll get assigned an interviewer in Pennsylvania, or am I overthinking this?
  • eyego2collageeyego2collage Registered User Posts: 27 New Member
    No, it'll be assigned to your permanent address. I put my permanent address (Pennsylvania, ironically), and my mailing address as Spain, where I'm studying abroad. When I was initially assigned my interviewer, I was assigned to one in Pennsylvania. I had to request a change to my mailing address. You should be given your interviewer's information in China.
  • drcharismadrcharisma Registered User Posts: 233 Junior Member
    Ah okay, thanks!
  • SFS RulesSFS Rules Registered User Posts: 354 Member
    edited December 2014
    @drcharisma‌ If you're parents receive the interview letter, contact the admissions office to request an interviewer in PA. However, don't fret over the alumni interview.
  • goldenluxgoldenlux Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    My interviewer told me that the interview actually doesn't have much weight in your application. She said that all they do is rate you on a scale and submit it to georgetown. They look at the rating but don't consider it to be as valuable as your standardized tests and stuff.
  • SFS RulesSFS Rules Registered User Posts: 354 Member
    That's correct, the interview has little weight on your application.
  • dzleprechaundzleprechaun Registered User Posts: 825 Member
    Certainly from a quantitative standpoint, the rating will not carry much weight, if for no other reason than because every interviewer grades differently, and there's no good way to standardize that. However, the writeup of the interview can be very valuable, depending on how good a job the interviewer does. It serves something of a similar purpose to letters of recommendation, humanizing and contextualizing the applicant. It's just that in this case, the author/evaluator is someone chosen by the University, rather than by the applicant (I know you don't really get to choose your school counselor, but you know what I mean).
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