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When do an International student get an Harvard Interview

VinitShah123VinitShah123 17 replies1 threads Junior Member
This year I applied to REA to Harvard university and on my application portal it says that in my area interviewer are limited and if admission committee wants more information they will contact me, does this mean I'll never get an interview and is this an early sign that my Harvard application is rejected?
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  • skieuropeskieurope 40797 replies7594 threads Super Moderator
    It means you may get an interview or you may not get an interview. If you never get an interview, as an international in a country with limited interviews, then you should assume that your chances of acceptance hover between very slim and none.
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  • VinitShah123VinitShah123 17 replies1 threads Junior Member
    What is the latest possible date that one can hope for an interview? Till what date can I keep my fingers crossed
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  • VinitShah123VinitShah123 17 replies1 threads Junior Member
    And is there any international student from South Asia who got Harvard Interview?
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  • TabasomTabasom 14 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Hi,

    I'm from the middle east (no interviewers available in my country) and got an email from my admissions officer today.

    On another website, I saw that a Canadian who got an interview, but I guess there are more interviewers in Canada than in the middle east.

    I don't know about other applicants from Asia/middle east though.
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  • jzducoljzducol 795 replies14 threads Member
    For international applicants interview is always a great sign, since most of the times it is either conducted by an AO who is interested in the applicant or by a contracted agency who is paid to gather this required info for acceptance.
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  • VinitShah123VinitShah123 17 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @jzducol if I don't get an interview till 20-25 should I believe that my application has been rejected?
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  • VinitShah123VinitShah123 17 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @Tabasom on which date did you submit your application?
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  • TabasomTabasom 14 replies4 threads Junior Member
    I submitted it on Nov 1
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  • VinitShah123VinitShah123 17 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @Tabasom good luck with your Interview, I hope I get it as well.
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  • TabasomTabasom 14 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Thank you so much! I hope you get it, but on Harvard's website it's been stated that not receiving an interview doesn't affect your chances of admission, so don't worry!

    *Also don't forget to check your "spam folder"
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  • VinitShah123VinitShah123 17 replies1 threads Junior Member
    @Tabasom It says it won't adversely affect your application. Actually getting an interview is an early sign that admission committee is considering you for admission. Did you got email in spam folder?
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  • TabasomTabasom 14 replies4 threads Junior Member
    Actually, I didn't get it in my spam folders but two other students who were contacted for an interview told me that emails were in their spam folder.
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  • makennacomptonmakennacompton 485 replies15 threads Member
    RE: "Actually getting an interview is an early sign that admission committee is considering you for admission. " Every application is "considered" for admission. The interview is a snowflake on top of mountain of application evidence that the committee considers. The interviewers are not "trained" in any way, and many of them never even went to Harvard undergrad -- they are just there to see if the candidate is total weirdo (but those people apply to MIT anyway).
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  • HYPSM2024HYPSM2024 75 replies5 threads Junior Member
    @Tabasom Can I know from which country those two other students are?
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  • TabasomTabasom 14 replies4 threads Junior Member
    HYPSM2024 wrote: »
    @Tabasom Can I know from which country those two other students are?

    @Rouzbahani @HYPSM2024 Hi again!

    One of them was from Canada and the other from a middle eastern country.
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  • HYPSM2024HYPSM2024 75 replies5 threads Junior Member
    Thanks @Tabasom !
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  • RouzbahaniRouzbahani 6 replies1 threads New Member
    @Tabasom Although this was not my question, can I know if the middle eastern applicant was Iranian or not?
    Did he/she apply this year?
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  • jazzingjazzing 80 replies5 threads Junior Member
    RE: "Actually getting an interview is an early sign that admission committee is considering you for admission. " Every application is "considered" for admission. The interview is a snowflake on top of mountain of application evidence that the committee considers. The interviewers are not "trained" in any way, and many of them never even went to Harvard undergrad -- they are just there to see if the candidate is total weirdo (but those people apply to MIT anyway).

    It's true that every application is "considered" for admission, but a much smaller number are "seriously considered" beyond a first reading that lasts on the order of several minutes. Those are the applicants who might get interviews.

    It's true that the interview report is one of several pieces of the application. If a candidate is under serious consideration, the interview can make a difference, and often much more than a snowflake's difference. If the candidate is not under serious consideration, the interview will not matter at all, and the weight will be less than that of a snowflake, even less than a hydrogen atom. It will be zero.

    Interviewers are not "just" trying to see if a candidate is a "weirdo," they are evaluating personal characteristics, including the depth and commitment to extracurriculars and intellectual spark.

    It is incorrect to state interviewers are not "trained" in any way. I'm not sure where that rumor comes from. Some interview committees have extensive training, and many have some training. Others offer little to none, but the interviewers read and refer to the interviewer handbook.
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