interview

<p>so i'm going to interview at Bowdoin next week and was wondering if anyone had any insight, experience, or advice with this (what kind of questions do they ask etc). any and all help is appreciated!!!</p>

<p>I was incredibly nervous for my interview at Bowdoin last year, and as it turned out, I had no reason to be! It was more of a conversation than an interrogation. My interviewer was incredibly nice, and it didn't at all feel as though she was trying to "stump" me with her questions. Rather, she really just wanted to get to know me as a person.</p>

<p>So my advice to you is to just be yourself! And don't let your nerves get to you. </p>

<p>Best of luck :)</p>

<p>Tip:</p>

<p>1) Buy peanut butter.
2) Take a handful and stick it down your pants.
3) Tell your interviewer you'll do anything to get into Bowdoin, even eat your own ****.
4) Stick your hand down your pants and grab a chunk of peanut butter.
5) Begin eating.
6) He'll think you're dedicated. :D</p>

<p>This was not stolen from Training Day whatsoever.</p>

<p>via -- i second summerspirit21's advice. when S1 interviewed it was just a pleasant conversation with with a really nice, and interesting, person. he was nervous and worried before the interview, and relieved and grateful afterwards. best wishes.</p>

<p>S interviewed with an alum in his 40s who lives in our area. The interview went well. Common interests and interviewer had been at Bowdoin with one of S's teachers, so they had things to talk about that put S at ease. I've heard only good things about on-campus and off-campus interviews, so I'm sure yours will be fine, too. Good luck! It's a terrific school and S is excited about starting classes there in Sept.</p>

<p>The entire purpose of the interview is to make sure that the applicant is not a psychopath. Talk to the interviewer as if they are any other person and you'll do fine.</p>

<p>i really appreciate all the advice, thanks everyone. its in my nature to worry about nothing lol. </p>

<p>and, uh, avidstudent, thats definately one way to be memorable (though i am a girl so eating my "****" would be a little hard to do) :P</p>

<p>I inteviewed with a student at Bowdoin. It was really casual, and honestly I can't see it counting for much in the admissions process.
Before the interview I was asked to fill out a sheet with some of my academic and extracurricular interests. My interviewer looked over the sheet when he first met me, and asked me some questions about the activities I listed. I had written that I was interested in English, and I remember he asked me about my favorite book. We didn't talk about anything very intensely- it was more of a general overview of my interests. He actually talked about himself for a good portion of the interview. He ended by asking if I had any questions for him, so I asked a couple general questions about his experiences at Bowdoin. Definitely have at least one question prepared- I've heard that it looks sort of bad if you don't. It wasn't an extraordinary interview at all (I probably seemed pretty boring), but I ended up getting in. Overall, just try to be relaxed about the whole thing and you'll be fine.</p>

<p>Are interviews on campus weighed more than off-campus/alumni interviews (if they have them)?</p>

<p>I think they have to weigh on-campus and off-campus the same because they don't require on-campus interviews. In either case, the stronger a connection you make with the interviewer, the better I assume. If you are "on the bubble" and a well-regarded alumni interviewer with a "track record" of interviewee admits has a lot of good things to say about you, I'd say that's probably better than a current Bowdoin student giving you a high rating based on an interview.</p>

<p>An interview by an Admissions officer is better since they actually have a say/vote in the admission process, but I don't know that Bowdoin offers those interviews. S met with the Bowdoin reps who visited his school and I'm sure that helped him in the admission process. These are the people who vote on admission, so the more positive and direct the contact, the better. Make yourself known to the Bowdoin rep for your area so you are not just another applicant on paper.</p>

<p>Have questions prepared to ask your interviewer ABOUT Bowdoin!
It shows that you're really interested/curious/etc.
My interviewer was really into discussing politics though..</p>