Our quick interview tip is… INTERVIEW QUICK!
If you get invited to interview at a school like Columbia or Wharton where you can schedule the interview with an alumni, BE QUICK ABOUT IT!
*ESPECIALLY IF THAT SCHOOL IS COLUMBIA.*
This is because, as you’ve already heard us say and you already know from your extensive research, Columbia is on a rolling admissions process. Decisions are potentially rendered every single day at Columbia. That means that each day that goes by, there are fewer slots available (to state the obvious).
Here’s the scenario:
Say the Columbia adcom likes your app enough to invite you to interview.
And then it takes you two weeks to schedule the interview.
And it’s on the calendar for six days later.
And then it takes four days for the interviewer to submit his report.* (we hope it doesn’t take that long! but you have no control over this part).
And now we’re heading into December.
And in the timeframe between the day that your invite went out to today is, like, almost a month.
Do you know how many other people were admitted in that time? And what if your interviewer says really great things about you but now the adcom is looking at this other bright shiny applicant who they somehow like better, and they admit her over you?
You’re potentially SOL my friend. All because of a lack of urgency on your part when that invite came in. EssaySnark typically doesn’t want to be doom-and-gloom here — however, for the parts of the process that you have control over, you must take control of the process!
With other schools like Wharton, the consequences are not so severe (no rolling admits), however if you don’t jump on it and get the interview out of the way, what does that say about your enthusiasm for the school?!?
INTERVIEW ASAP WHEN YOU GET THE INVITE.
* Please please please EssaySnark begs you, do not ask the interviewer how quickly he’ll submit his report! Don’t tell him to submit today! Don’t even go there! He knows the process. Hopefully he’s not a schmuck and he’ll do it right away. But don’t be overeager — aka pushy — at the end of what maybe was a flawless interview otherwise.