How much does interview matter?

<p>Title says it all.</p>

<p>Also, all interviewers have to complete a report right? When I handed over my resume, the lady said that she could put it in my file. What does that mean? Aren't they supposed to use it to complete the report?</p>

<p>Chances are it will only help in that it demonstrates interest. Interviews are usually just to make sure you aren't a wackjob or psychopath; afterward they'll just fill out a simple checklist-style evaluation, which notes how interested/normal/cool you seem.</p>

<p>And her saying it'll go into your file probably just means it'll go into the folder they have with your name on it, that they'll look at when they're reviewing you. It won't be any more meaningful than anything else you send them.</p>

<p>I agree. I was all over the place with my interview- it was the first college interview I had ever done, I didn't really connect with my interviewer, and I was about to take a final (I was taking summer classes at Wash U before my senior year of high school). Even though I felt mine went horribly, I think, like nitwitoddment said, it demonstrated interest, which ultimately helped me.</p>

<p>Did any of you receive a postcard from the interviewer?</p>

<p>Do not sweat the Wash U interview. For the overwhelming majority of applicants at most universities, the interview's role in the admissions calculus is de minimis or nil. It matters more at some small liberal arts colleges.</p>

<p>@diehard93
I got a postcard from my interviewer inviting me to contact him with questions and he also made a point of telling me to contact him with questions right after the interview. Does anyone think it will hurt me that I never contacted him (I didn't have any questions! Though I suppose I should have just thanked him for the interview...)? It would suck if that were the reason I didn't get in.</p>

<p>Also--my interviewer was a WashU student about to be a senior (it was over the summer). Is that usually how WashU does interviews--with upperclassmen? Does WashU weigh their interviews less because of that?</p>

<p>Wash U uses students. Interview is mostly to answer prospective students' questions. They have very little input.</p>

<p>Actually, my interview was with an admit officer, VERY nice, sent me a lovely postcard afterward asking me to contact her with questions, which I did :)</p>

<p>Did anyone get off-campus interviews?? If they did..how'd they get them? Did the interviewees contact you or did you sign up?</p>

<p>I had an off-campus alumni interview in October because I'm not from Missouri. The interviewer contacted me for the interview, even though I had not contacted Wash U requesting one or signed up for one. I read on the website that Wash U doesn't have alumni everywhere and they don't offer to come interview you if there is not an interviewing alumni in your area. If you have not been asked for an interview, and you don't live near the campus, that is probably the reason.</p>

<p>Hopefully ^...my friend had one last week and we live in the same area. I hope this doesn't turn out too bad.</p>

<p>They probably care more about whether you send them a thank you card than the interview itself, trying to determine the type of person you are.</p>

<p>Maybe you could call Wash u?</p>

<p>If you are not sure about interviews in your area, BE PROACTIVE. Call admissions and see what you can do about setting up an interview. Don't sit around the phone hoping WashU figures out that you're interested in an interview. Take initiative.</p>

<p>Question?
Is an interview required or not?
If not, how to schedule a interview?</p>

<p>Not required. Call the school admissions office.</p>

<p>They do not require an interview. I got in with never visiting the school or interviewing (and there are tons of alumni in my area back home) -- interviewing just shows demonstrated interest. And no, don't send them any gifts -- (if food) they're shared with the office and tour guides, and if a card, it may be nice, but it won't really improve your chances. Just make sure to thank the interviewer for their time.</p>

<p>Actually, as a tour guide, we could use some muffins. Or cookies.</p>