"Informational interview" really evaluative?

<p>My S had an interview recently for the University of Miami which was not supposed to be evaluative - both their literature and the person who made the appointment stressed that. But he interviews well, and we figured that any opportunity to meet with the person who will soon be reading his app could only help him, even if it was not officially evaluative. But it was still surprising that the interviewer spent about half the time asking questions like "What was your biggest challenge," "How would your friends describe you," "Who is your hero," etc., noting down his responses each time. Sure sounds pretty evaluative to me. Anyone have any experience or insights to share?</p>

<p>He came away feeling very good about it - and it confirmed our initial thoughts that an "informational" interview could be to his advantage.</p>