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Please respond to the interview invitation

DHMchicagoDHMchicago 86 replies13 threads Junior Member
Sorry to say this, but many students do not respond to the invitation for the optional interview, obviously not wanting one, but not bothering to respond with a polite "no thank you."
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  • SybyllaSybylla 3990 replies51 threads Senior Member
    Are you the rejected interviewer? What is your non reply rate? How is the applicant approached?
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  • salexmasalexma 28 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Have most people already gotten their invitations? When do they go out?
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  • Norcal1972Norcal1972 9 replies2 threads New Member
    My sister interviews in Chicago and she received her list to contact on Sunday 11/3 - they have a short window to complete interviews so anyone who is getting one should have heard by now I think. She said it's a lottery and she is only doing 3 based on time constraints. She also said that students should take it as zero indication of anything really. I know of 2 students in Southern Cal who got them, and didnt get in - and then another student from same school did not get asked for an interview and was accepted. This was last year. I have also heard that no one in Northern California gets asked for an interview (not sure if that's true or not).
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  • DHMchicagoDHMchicago 86 replies13 threads Junior Member
    Every year I have done them there are 1 or 2 out of a dozen that never respond and a couple that it seems to take more than 1 invite over a week apart to respond. Its true that getting invited for an interview has nothing to do with qualifications, its not a lottery but simply whether someone is available close to the applicant.
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  • momofsenior1momofsenior1 7858 replies66 threads Senior Member
    I have the same pet peeve for my alma mater. It's especially bad in the ED round since reports need to be submitted so quickly and Thanksgiving is in the middle of the month.
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  • lookingforwardlookingforward 34876 replies394 threads Senior Member
    Lol, doesnt make a good impression when an interviewer can only write, "No response to request(s.)"

    People fuss over what "demonstrated interest" is. Optional or not, ghosting an interviewer isn't smart.
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  • Eastcoast234Eastcoast234 42 replies6 threads Junior Member
    Hi
    We have not received any interview request . Does this mean that our application is not considered or anything negative?
    Thank you
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  • EconPopEconPop 350 replies6 threads Member
    edited November 11
    Every source I have seen says the alumni interview does not help in the admissions process. If this is true, how much does it hurt to politely decline and/or ignore the interview request?

    S20 had one today and another (for a different school) lined up for Saturday. The one this afternoon told him the interview will have no bearing on his chances of admission. If true, couldn't he have just skipped it and the end result have been the same?

    Part of me wants to hope that the interview isn't a big waste of time. Is it possible it has at least a 0.3% effect or something?
    edited November 11
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  • roycroftmomroycroftmom 3108 replies39 threads Senior Member
    It is rude not to respond to a volunteer who is offering his/ her time to you. The applicant is free to decline the offer, but that would be noted in the record, as would a failure to respond at all. I expect different admissions officers would view things differently.
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  • EconPopEconPop 350 replies6 threads Member
    edited November 11
    NM - I didn't realize this was a Stanford room. I'll save my questions for a non-specific room.
    edited November 11
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  • DHMchicagoDHMchicago 86 replies13 threads Junior Member
    I don’t think the school differentiates between ignoring and turning down the interview invite, just be polite to a busy person offering up their time. I know of no official source from the school that says an interview makes no difference. However, not having an interview puts you in a huge pile of apps in which there is no interview information, I think they are confident they can make rational decision on such students. Interview is just an additional data point for those that have one, I believe but do not know for sure that it can be a slight positive or a negative in some cases.
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