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5 Comments

Manny M. · January 30, 2014 at 2:30 am

Next friday is my interview with a Yale Alumni; and it’s my first ever interview. What suggessions do you give for someone who typically stutters and jumbles up words when they are nervous?

dragonup56 · February 22, 2014 at 2:26 am

Does family background play into the admissions process? Um let’s say my family’s past is, dramatic. Would this play into my admissions chances? 

Lauren Chan · May 6, 2014 at 3:45 am

Your response was kind of too long for an introductory question. Some of the details of the developed response can be used to answer latter questions in the interview. I feel like it was TMI for a ‘Tell me about yourself’ Question. Some interviewers will stop you if you go on for too long.

ProfessorBernstein · May 6, 2014 at 11:25 am

Lauren–I agree that the developed response is long, but I’ve found that many high school students (and even college students) provide answers that are way too short and don’t help foster a good conversation.  Getting your alumni interview off to a good start if you’re asked this kind of question (which a good interviewer probably won’t ask) is really important and gives the interviewer a wide range of issues he or she could go on to ask you about.  Obviously, you have to assess the situation with your interviewer and modify your approach so it feels right to you.

Dieu Minh Dang · January 9, 2017 at 2:55 pm

how important does an interview play in the admission process of a liberal arts (not too selective though)? Can it make or break my application

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