Many of you Brave Supplicants are/will be heading to campus to interview. (Yay!)
Interviewing can be very stressful. (Awwww!)
Everything you do matters. (cue creepy Halloween noise) YOU ARE BEING WATCHED.
Way back in 2011, here’s what Michigan Admissions Director Soojin Kwon said:
[E]very interaction that an applicant has with a school is considered in our admissions decisions – from the way an applicant treats our receptionist to the communications he/she has with members of the Ross community at large, not just the Admissions staff who are perceived as the “gatekeepers” to the school.
Note her comments to all of you Brave Supplicants.
The admissions people are paying attention.
This was reiterated just recently by Darden’s Admissions Director Sara Neher:
How you treat the receptionist (and everyone else in the food chain, whether you think they’re worthy of your respect or not – c’mon, grow up) totally matters. It reminds us a little of the guy talking about his “underlings.”
Admissions directors tell stories like this all the time. They all have very vivid memories of how certain applicants torched their chances by their conduct somewhere seemingly “outside” the interview itself.
Don’t be a jerk. It will take you far in life. Promise.
If you want more practical input on how to prepare for your interview, whether in person, on the phone, or over Skype, check out our Interview Prep Resources and here’s all our other blahg posts on MBA interviewing.