Interview Program 2013-2014 FAQ
How does the interview process work?
The Office of Admissions will email an invitation (with instructions included) to those applicants selected for an interview. All candidates selected will have already been reviewed by at least one admissions officer. After receiving the email invitation, candidates will have 10 days to schedule their interviews. Admissions officers will be conducting interviews, which will last 15-20 minutes, via Skype. While it is our strong preference to communicate over Skype, we will consider written requests – containing an explanation – for phone interviews. Please note that we are not able to accommodate in-person interviews.
How do I schedule my admissions interview?
Within the invitation email, applicants need only follow the link to our appointment scheduling webpage to make an appointment. Applicants will need to provide some basic information (including LSAC Account Number and Skype ID) to make an appointment.
I did not receive an interview invitation. Does this mean that I am a weaker candidate?
Applicants should not be concerned if they are not invited to interview with a member of the Admissions Committee. It is important to keep in mind that we are only interviewing a small number of candidates relative to the size of our applicant pool. The applicants to be interviewed are selected randomly, and in no way does an interview invitation imply or guarantee admission.
How will the Admissions Committee weigh an interview in terms of the overall application?
Since we employ a holistic admissions process in which we do not use a grid or formula to determine admissibility, an interview will not carry more weight than other application components. Rather, we hope that the interview will, in addition to allowing candidates to get to know us better, amplify what the applicant has already included in the application for admission. Because of the nature of our selection process, the interview will be contextualized differently for each applicant.
What is the timeframe for interviews? Will being selected for an interview delay the admissions decision?
The timing of our interviews will mirror our rolling admissions process insofar as candidates who are selected for an interview, generally speaking, will be invited in the order in which they completed their applications. Depending on when the interview is completed, applicants can anticipate receiving an admissions decision within approximately two weeks after the interview is conducted. It is important to keep in mind that the timing of an interview will not negatively affect the admissions decision.
Can I choose the officer with whom I interview? May I specifically request to interview with the Dean of Admissions?
All applicants invited to interview will be randomly assigned to one of our admissions officers, including the Dean of Admissions. We are unable to take requests to meet with a specific officer.
Is there anything I can do to prepare for the interview?
Aside from being able to articulate motivations, interests, as well as discuss the application, an applicant does not have to prepare for the interview. The admissions officer is hoping to get to know the applicant better through an open discussion while covering a variety of potential topics.
Since we are going to be speaking via Skype, how should I dress?
We recommend business casual; however, you may wear whatever you believe to be appropriate while being mindful of the interview context.
What should I do if I have to reschedule or cancel my interview?
We understand that circumstances beyond an applicant’s control might require rescheduling or canceling an interview appointment. Applicants may reschedule or cancel appointments through our online scheduling system until 24 hours before the scheduled interview. If applicants need to reschedule or cancel within 24 hours of the scheduled interview time, please email us at email@example.com. Because of the nature of our process, we cannot guarantee that an alternate appointment time will be available.
I received an invitation to interview, but I did not make an appointment within the designated period. Can I still schedule an interview?
Unfortunately, the timing of our interview blocks within the admissions process does not allow for applicants who do not respond within 10 days to schedule interviews. Should an applicant have an extraordinary circumstance that prevented him/her from making an interview appointment within the 10-day window, then the applicant should submit a written explanation to our office for consideration at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens after my interview?
Interviewed candidates can expect an admissions decision within approximately two weeks after an interview takes place.