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Title: Alumni Interviews


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Alumni Interviews
  • Princeton University and Harvard University
  • February 25, 2015

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Background
  • Alumni interviews are used by select colleges and
    universities in the admissions process as part of
    the overall review of a students application
  • Interviews are a chance for applicants to talk to
    someone that is familiar with the institution and
    for alumni and the admissions office to learn
    more about the applicants
  • Applicants should think of the interview as an
    opportunity to tell their own story, share their
    reasons for applying and ask questions
  • The number of applicants invited to interview may
    vary by institution
  • All Princeton applicants will receive an
    invitation to interview
  • A large subset of Harvard applicants will receive
    an invitation to interview

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What to Expect Before the Interview
  • After applications are submitted, candidates
    receive a call or e-mail from an assigned alumni
    interviewer to schedule a convenient meeting time
    and place
  • A prompt, polite response from the applicant to
    the interviewer is expectedfirst impressions are
    important!
  • A typical meeting location is a coffee shop,
    library, office or applicants school
  • Interviewers are not permitted to share names of
    applicants with anyone

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What to Expect During the Interview
  • The interview should be a two-way exchange of
    information giving applicants the opportunity to
    ask questions
  • Appropriate dress code is neat school attire
  • Typical interview length is 30 to 45 minutes, no
    more than 60 minutes
  • The interviewers feedback is included in the
    application review, but the process may differ by
    institution
  • Princeton interviewers submit reports directly to
    the admissions office
  • Harvard interviewers discuss and rank applicants
    as a committee. However, the decision rests with
    the admissions office

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How to Prepare
  • Interviewers do not have access to a students
    application
  • Princeton should not ask for grades or test
    scores during the interview
  • Harvard should ask for GPA, test scores and class
    rank during the interview
  • Applicants should be prepared to share
  • Their personal narrative to help interviewers get
    to know them as individualsmay include
    background, accomplishments, future goals, etc.
  • What interests them about the institution, what
    sets it apart in their selection process
  • Questions that demonstrate their excitement and
    interest
  • Applicants may be asked to talk about a favorite
    book or film, an interest or hobby, a job or
    summer activity. Its not a test, but a
    conversation-starter
  • Work samples are not expected at the interview
  • No follow-up is expected, but a short note or
    e-mail is appreciated

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Questions?
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