Interviewing Guidelines and Process
|Decision Plan||Interviews Conducted By||Interviews Submitted By|
|Early Decision & Spring Transfer||November 1||November 15|
|Early Evaluation||January 18||February 1|
|Regular Decision||February 1||February 15|
|Davis & Fall Transfer||March 1||March 15|
- Be on time for the interview!
- Exchange contact information with the student in case of last-minute changes to time or location.
- Be friendly, and try to put the student at ease.
- Understand that the interview is a forum for the student to share her academic interests, motivations, and her extracurricular involvement, as well as to ask questions about Wellesley.
- Be sensitive to cultural differences; a student's reserve may be related to cultural norms.
- Be aware that some students may have better resources for preparing for their interview than others.
- Realize that it's difficult to establish the same rapport with every student interviewed.
- Submit reports while conversations and observations are still fresh.
- Concentrate on the student's perceptions and discoveries about herself and the world.
- Provide information about the student not given in the other application materials – stories can add a valuable dimension to the applicant's profile.
- Summarize conversations but avoid making flat judgments about the applicant.
- Back up statements about fit, and substantiate any assessment of her motivation and potential.
- Accept the individual as she presents herself, appreciate what she has to offer, and remain unbiased.
- Value personal qualities and unique perspectives.
- Follow up with the Admission Office with any questions she is unable to answer.
- Serve as a link between Wellesley and the student; bring Wellesley to life.
- Remember that the interview, although helpful, is not a deciding factor for admission.
- Offer an opinion to the student about her chances for admission, even if asked to do so.
- State flatly the student's suitability for Wellesley in her report (i.e., "It would be a mistake to admit her" or "Definitely admit her").
- State irrelevant information that could be prejudicial, such as physical appearance, dress, or mannerisms.
- Schedule interviews during times when interruptions are likely.
- Compare Wellesley to other colleges, even if asked to do so.
- Imply that interviewers are involved with the Board of Admission's deliberations.
- List test scores, grades, or other information that the Board of Admission will already have in the applicant's file.
- Make sweeping broad generalizations.
- Share any information about the student and her interview with anyone outside of the Admission Office. All interviews are confidential and interview forms are included in a student's file. It is important to maintain the student's confidentiality in the process.
- Give a student a gift or keep a gift that is given to them by a student. Every so often, a prospective student may send you a gift thanking you for spending the time to speak with them. Interviewers are not allowed to keep any gifts and must return them to the student. The reverse is also true in that interviewers should not give gifts to students either.
- Feel obligated to purchase food if interviewing at a coffee shp. You are not required to purchase a beverage for them, but you are welcome to do so if you want. We do not suggest purchasing any food though as they will be doing most of the talking and it puts them in an uncomfortable position if they don't eat and you purchased it.
The Interview Process
WHEN? Although the Admission Office offers interviews on campus from April 1 through the end of the year, alumnae are primarily asked to conduct interviews from mid-September through January. January in particular is a busy month for volunteer interviewers. Interviews may take place whenever it is mutually convenient for both applicant and interviewer-- evenings and weekends are fine!-- and should last between 30 and 60 minutes.
WHERE? In keeping with the new ethical guidelines set out by a group of New England colleges, we ask that alumnae only meet prospective students in public venues. Cafes, coffee shops, community centers, and schools are all acceptable interview sites. If a place of employment or private residence is the only option, we ask that you not meet with the student alone (i.e., that someone else be present in the building) and that you allow the parent or guardian to remain on site if s/he would like.