Who Gets An Interview?

<p>I'm applying ED for Wharton. There's one other girl in my school who applied ED to the college. She sent in her app before me, but I got a call for an interview and she didn't (We live right near each other, so location isn't an issue.)</p>

<p>Does anyone know how they decide who to interview? Is it because I'm going for Wharton? Why would I get called and not her?</p>

<p>Thanks for the help!</p>

<p>everyone gets a call if there's a rep in your area. they can't do them all at the same time you know...</p>

<p>I know, but I just found it weird since she had her app in by October 1st and I sent mine in on October 30, and she comes alphabetically before me.</p>

<p>and rumor has it that all interviews needs to be done by the 15th!</p>

<p>i can confirm that</p>

<p>when my interviewer spoke with me on the phone some weeks ago she said that penn wants to hear back from them about us by the 15th, yeah</p>

<p>Have you guys heard about anyone that <em>hasn't</em> been asked for an interview?</p>

<p>Her SAT scores are pretty low for Penn (1330), and her GPA is ~3.4...is it possible that Penn only sends interviewers to strong candidates? Or is that just wishful thinking?</p>

<p>Most likely wishful thinking.</p>

<p>I haven't heard from them yet.</p>

<p>so wtf? what about us that haven't been called?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!!!</p>

<p>asalientone - its possible that there's just no EC in your area, i wouldnt worry too much about it unless there are other people you know of in your area that didnt get called</p>

<p>im still just curious about me and the other girl from my school who lives like 100 meters away from me</p>

<p>Except for the fact that I'm sure there are ECs in my area ... in fact there are about 3. I live in Los Angeles! (although, there might not be one my particular part of Los Angeles.....)</p>

<p>Yeah it's a little weird how it works...I have a friend who sent in his app a couple weeks before I did and he still hasn't gotten called. I had my interview on Monday. It's probably not a prioritizing thing (wouldn't they want to interview the less strong candidates than the more strong ones?) but my friend definitely has lower grades and scores than me nonetheless. It's probably just random. They're supposed to call everyone.</p>

<p>bump? how important do you think the interview is, anyway?</p>

<p>At one of the big info events (I think it was the multicultural day) they stressed that interviews are random and you should not read anything into being asked to interview or not. Being called for an interview means nothing about your chances. I also thought that students in the Philly area would be interviewed by adcom members, not alumni. But, my son's interview is with a local alum and we're only 20 minutes from the campus.</p>


<p>I've heard it said that an interview won't get you in (if you don't measure up in all other ways)...but a bad interview can keep you out. </p>

<p>I think the interview gives the more interesting applicants a chance to shine. If you're a 1600 SAT with a 4.69 GPA and no life....no interests....no opinions......no personality, the interview will probably hurt you. Conversely, if you're a 1350 SAT, but you can demonstrate that you're bringing something more to the table......it can't hurt.</p>

<p>The interview is probably more important at a school like Penn than one would be at a lesser school. But, if you don't get interviewed, they can't hold that against you.</p>