College Interview Season

‘Tis the season for college interviews. Around this time every year, alumni interviewers are emailing, calling, and, yes, texting Early Decision and Early Action applicants to set up their interviews. So if you have an unread voicemail that’s been sitting on your cell phone for the last several days, you … 

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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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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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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 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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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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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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College Interview Behavior

It’s college interview season for those who applied Regular Decision to colleges and we wanted to walk you through some college interview behavior and how it can influence an impression. Specifically, we’re going to speak about nonverbal behaviors. Often times, one’s nonverbal behavior can unknowingly convey messages to an interviewer … 

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