Admissions interviews are a vey interesting piece of the application for graduate school and MBA Programs. They are an opportunity for the admissions committee to see how well you match up to the documents already submitted in your application and a chance for applicants to excel, to flub, or to reaffirm perceptions already formed about you. Interviews can be a very important piece of what is commonly called “holistic review” of applications. I have seen candidates make a compelling case for admission in an interview when their statistics do not represent them well. Equally, some students that look great on paper can absolutely cancel their chance of admission through their interview performance.
Some schools conduct interviews for every applicant, other schools interview a small subset of applicants by invitation only, and still other schools do not interview at all. In medical school admissions, getting an interview is a major step forward in the application process but does not mean a candidate is admissible. Indeed, in each type of school a bad interview can sink your chance of admission.
Interviews will likely cover communication skills, style, interpersonal skills (so called emotional IQ), career or academic goals, background and qualifications for the degree you are applying for. There is a lot going on and some interviews last only 30 minutes so you’ve got to make them count.
This post continues as a series of posts about admissions interviews. Please visit the related posts including:
- What are the different types of interviews?
- How are admissions interviews used in admissions decisions?
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