The Importance of College Interviews

The college interview can make or break one’s case for admission to highly selective colleges, right? If you read a bunch of articles online about the importance of the college interview, you might very well come away thinking that the interview is paramount to a student’s success in the admissions … 

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Devaluing the College Alumni Interview

The college alumni interview isn’t as important a component in the highly selective college admissions process as it was decades ago. There, we said it. Well, we’ve actually been saying it here at Ivy Coach for many years. But when other folks devalue the college alumni interview in the press, … 

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College Alumni Interviewers Often Overstate Their Influence

While the college alumni interview is one component of the admissions process to highly selective colleges, many parents and high school students overvalue its importance. And one key reason why so many folks overvalue the importance of the college alumni interview is because alumni often have a tendency to overstate … 

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The Importance of the Alumni Interview

There is a misconception floating out there in the universe that concerns the importance of the alumni interview. For those not familiar with the alumni interview, it’s when college applicants have the chance to meet — either in person or via phone / Skype — with a graduate of the … 

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The College Interview is Overrated

Much like Chandler Parsons, perhaps the NBA’s most overrated and overpaid player, the college interview is overrated. Now don’t get us wrong. Saying something offensive or cruel or inconsistent with your application can certainly derail your application to a highly selective school. But in our experience, students and particularly their … 

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Securing College Interviews

We don’t mean to be Debbie Downer, who interestingly was played on “SNL” by Dartmouth alumna Rachel Dratch. But students and parents who are not our clients have been emailing us some version of the following in recent days: “My son just landed an interview with Harvard. As this means the … 

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Overvaluing College Interviews

Folks often write in something like this: “My son needs help with college interviews.” When we see something like this, we often wonder why so many parents essentially overemphasize the importance of the college interview and underemphasize the rest. The truth is that alumni interviews are a part of the … 

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Princeton Interviewing

Princeton University has announced some changes to their alumni interviewing policies. Before conducting interviews, Princeton alumni interviews will now need to fill out an online questionnaire to ensure they have no conflicts of interest as these alums interview prospective students for the university. We believe this change makes complete sense … 

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College Interviewing Season

Many students are getting calls and emails from alumni interviewers these days. We so often hear from parents and students something like this: “My daughter got an email for an interview at Princeton. So they must think she is a strong candidate…” While we do hate to burst bubbles, some … 

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Alumni Interviewers Gone Rogue

While many highly selective colleges are quite straightforward with applicants that alumni interview evaluations aren’t a big component of a student’s case for admission (and they’re telling the truth about this!), we’d like to point out that colleges can do a better job of screening their alumni interviewers. And while … 

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