A Call for Colleges To Better Police Alumni Interviews

While the alumni interview is not one of the most important components of the highly selective college admissions process, it is a component and as such it would behoove all colleges that offer these interviews to maintain a better overall standard for how they’re conducted. Regular readers of our college … 

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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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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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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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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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Alumni Interview Prep

Interested in alumni interview prep? If you applied Early Decision or Early Action, there’s a good chance you’ll be receiving an email (if you haven’t received one already) from an alumnus or alumna in your area offering to interview you. While the alumni interview is by no means the most … 

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College Alumni Interviewing

There was an editorial in “The Los Angeles Times” some days back entitled “Why I won’t reenlist as a Yale alumni interviewer” written by Ben Orlin, an alumnus of Yale University, that we figured we’d share with our readers. We know what you’re thinking. Who in Los Angeles reads? But, … 

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Weird Admissions Interviews

There’s a piece in “The Chronicle of Higher Education” by Eric Hoover that we figured we’d share. The piece is entitled “When Admissions Interviews Get Weird” and it’s quite an entertaining read. It starts off with a tale about a Republican presidential candidate, Senator Ted Cruz. He showed up hung … 

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Alumni Interviewing Season

It’s alumni interviewing season! We’ve previously discussed the do’s and don’ts of nonverbal behavior on college alumni interviews. Exhibiting the nonverbal behavior of “Shark Tank’s” Kevin  O’Leary would not be in the best interest of an interviewee. Mr. Wonderful’s nonverbal cues display a bit of arrogance and quite a lot … 

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