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Yale 2024 Applicants Discussion

BippitybopityBippitybopity 22 replies1 threads Junior Member
Hi everyone, I realize its quite early to start such a discussion, but I figure why not? I'm ready to start drafting my essays and short answers in the next few weeks - what about you all?
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  • BKSquaredBKSquared 1509 replies8 threads Senior Member
    Each interviewer will have their own style and questions they like to ask, but I think most experienced interviewers will try to make the interview more of a conversation than a series of Q's and A's. While I interview for Yale, my kids' experience (including with Harvard) suggest the interview experience is pretty similar among the highly selective colleges that do alumni interviews. For Yale, suggested areas they want interviewers to look out for:

    • Intellectual strengths and energy
    • Academic interests
    • Flexibility in thinking, openness
    • Expressive abilities
    • Nonacademic interests or talents
    • Personal qualities
    • Distinctive or unusual talents
    and/or circumstances

    We do not receive grades, test scores, resume or lists of EC's. There may be a note relating to a particular area of interest. Personally, I do not ask about grades or test scores or ask for a resume because I don't want to have any preconceptions about the candidate, and I want to base my report entirely on the interaction with the candidate. While I do not have a preset list of questions, the vast majority of interviews sequence out as follows:

    1. Introduction/small talk to put the candidate at ease.
    2. Ask how the school year is going – from here, I can get an idea of what the candidate is interested in academically and in terms of EC’s.
    3. The conversation can naturally flow from the above to a discussion about favorite subjects/classes/class projects and if that is what they want to pursue in college and as a career, or I may need to prod the candidate to talk about this. From time to time, I may ask for some details about a class or project, and at times I may challenge them about a particular viewpoint or conclusion just to see how they react. Often during the course of discussion in 3, I will ask why they are attracted to Yale given their interests.
    4. Similar to 3, the conversation can either naturally flow to an EC or I may ask a question to get the conversation to this topic. Here I am trying to get a sense of how deeply involved the candidate is in the activities that the candidate wants to highlight.
    5. If all the EC’s that the candidate chooses to talk about are school sponsored/based, I may ask a question along the lines what do you like to do outside of school, do you have a favorite hobby, what do you do to relax?
    6. 3, 4 and 5 will take up 80%+- of the time. Within 3, 4 and 5, the candidate may ask me questions about Yale, e.g., why did you choose Yale, what did you like or dislike about Yale. If I feel that the conversation is stagnating or the candidate is getting tired of talking, I will ask “do you have any questions about Yale?” as a break. Usually though, the questions about Yale come at the end.
    7. The very last question I will ask is “is there anything you would like to talk about that we have not covered?” Most of the time they will say everything has been covered, but at times they may bring up a particular interest or challenge that may be a new topic or it could be an emphasis on something we had previously just touched upon.

    After the interview, I try to write my report that evening tying the specific interaction I had with the candidate to the guidelines that the AO has laid out.

    Having said all of this, and as posted throughout CC by other seasoned interviewers, these interviews are not going to lift an otherwise “no” candidate into the “yes” pile or sink a candidate that the AO already loves into the “no” pile (absent something totally extreme). I think the AO uses the interviews to confirm if their read on the candidate is consistent with the interview. Also, the AO makes it very clear to interviewers that we are ambassadors representing Yale, and that we should be selling Yale as much as the candidates are trying to sell themselves. So don’t stress, be prepared (but not robotic) to have a conversation about what makes you you and to get as much information about the college as possible.
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  • OldbatesieDocOldbatesieDoc 2020 replies39 threads Senior Member
    thanks for posting!
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  • cj12345cj12345 63 replies13 threads Junior Member
    This was so helpful! I have my interview in five days....really nervous.
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  • tdy123tdy123 1033 replies18 threads Senior Member
    @BKSquared How often do you get requests to expedite interviews for specific applicants, and are you told the reason for expediting when requests like that come in?
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  • BKSquaredBKSquared 1509 replies8 threads Senior Member
    ^I have never been personally asked to do a last minute expedited interview in over 25 years of doing this. I wouldn't be surprised that it occasionally happens when a candidate who was not initially assigned an interview (or the interviewer failed to connect with the candidate) is on the bubble at committee. I could also see a situation where a legacy kid doesn't get an interview and the parent/grandparent complains. The AO is generally very respectful of interviewers' time and schedule, so any last minute expedited request is most likely meaningful.
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  • babyeagle18babyeagle18 14 replies4 threads Junior Member
    When will Yale be doing interviews until? If i haven't received one yet, is it likely that I won't be receiving one?
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  • adzadz 4 replies0 threads New Member
    BKSquared.
    My daughter in the D.C. area did not receive an interview yet.
    This is the only school to not offer one.
    Should she panic?
    We do not have any hooks like legacy or first gen.
    We called but they refused.
    This seems absurd because there are many who attended Yale in the D.C. area.
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  • BKSquaredBKSquared 1509 replies8 threads Senior Member
    While there may be many Yale alums in the DC area, there may not necessarily be enough to interview all the applicants in the area. An interview is not going to make or break your daughter's application. Good luck!
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  • jzducoljzducol 777 replies14 threads Member
    "An interview is not going to make or break your daughter's application.."
    Indeed, sometimes interview is not even a needed item for admission when scheduled. My daughter was contacted by AO for a "likely letter" acceptance while still having her interview pending. Of course, she will still go to the interview as if nothing has happened.
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  • bogeyorparbogeyorpar 751 replies31 threads Member
    Son just had his interview today and the experience was quite different from all other interviews he had before. The interviewer is a newly graduated Yale student. He was 10 minutes late and rushed through the chat. He dressed very casually. (Son was debating whether to dress up or not; good thing he did not.) He frequently used profanities in the conversation. I get it that's how kids talk these days, but son didn't know whether he should talk in the same language or not, so it got a little bit uncomfortable. Anyway, I know interview doesn't count much, but it's just so different from other interviews and my mental image of Yale.
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  • wrenwuwrenwu 112 replies2 threads Junior Member
    @jzducol Out of curiosity, did your daughter get a likely letter for STEM??
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  • jzducoljzducol 777 replies14 threads Member
    edited February 2018
    ^yes, my understanding is that most Yale LLs during RD go to 100 or so STEM applicants. I personally know three of them this year, all are STEM.
    edited February 2018
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  • wrenwuwrenwu 112 replies2 threads Junior Member
    @jzducol That was my understanding as well. A girl in my daughter's class received a Yale LL letter/call as well. Are the three you know all from the same school??? It's odd because although I don't know all of the details, the girl from our school doesn't have stellar stats (really good but I wouldn't think LL level)...Ironically my daughter is just as strong in STEM but wants to pursue Women's Studies....Yale usually takes 3-4 from our huge public high school every year, and I
    a) haven't heard of somebody ever getting a LL and b) wonder how it effects the other kids applying...
    BTW - congratulations to your daughter!! That's fantastic!
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  • jzducoljzducol 777 replies14 threads Member
    edited February 2018
    ^The three LLs I know are from different schools. My daughter just had her Yale interview and said Yale had the most enthusiastic ambassador of its college among the interviewers of top schools. If she had to choose a college based solely on alum interview it would be Yale.
    edited February 2018
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  • wrenwuwrenwu 112 replies2 threads Junior Member
    @jzducol My daughter had a really good Yale interview as well; I have to say though - her favorite (in the way of getting her excited about a school) was the interviewer from Brown.
    Would you mind sharing your daughter's stats? Was there something you could point to that singled her out for a LL (other than great grades and scores I'm sure)?
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  • jzducoljzducol 777 replies14 threads Member
    @wrenwu She does have perfect stats, but so do most Yale applicants I imagine. She had some national/int STEM awards too, but that was no guarantee either. I speculate that she was lucky among thousands of high achieving candidates in that she had interests and accomplishments beyond typical STEM profile, such as in journalism, film and writing.
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  • wrenwuwrenwu 112 replies2 threads Junior Member
    Thank you! Good luck to your daughter - she sounds like she has a bright future ahead of her!
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  • hurley1hurley1 18 replies2 threads Junior Member
    @adz not sure if this helps, but I am also an applicant from the DC area and did not receive an interview request. I was worried that I was the only one who had not received an interview request.
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  • nikshurtanikshurta 14 replies0 threads New Member
    Whether you have an interview or not, your application is supposed to be read just the same. It shouldn't hurt you if you didn't get an interview. It's all based on location and availability of the interviewer.
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  • Siddu2912Siddu2912 34 replies8 threads Junior Member
    Haven't received an interview request. I'm an international student from India. I know people say that it's random and wont go against me although I think otherwise. Am I screwed
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