FAQ Friday: The Question of Interviews

This has nothing to do with interviews. Our football team is just awesome and we're excited that they're hosting the first round of the NCAA playoffs tomorrow!

Welcome to another FAQ Friday brought to you by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Are you ready for a super fun, rapid-fire, crazy awesome breakdown of the admissions interview process? Well, are you?? (Pro tip: there is rarely ever never a reason for using multiple punctuation points.) Hold on to your hats—we’re bringing out the numbered list.

This has nothing to do with interviews. Our football team is just awesome and we're excited that they're hosting the first round of the NCAA playoffs tomorrow!
This has nothing to do with interviews. Our football team is just awesome and we're excited that they're hosting the first round of the NCAA playoffs tomorrow!
  1. We offer two kinds of interviews for applicants: on-campus interviews and alumni interviews. On-campus interviews are held here on the JHU Homewood campus and are conducted by current student Admissions Representatives. Off-campus interviews are held in cities around the country and, to much more limited extend, internationally. Visit the websites to learn more about each.

    Did you know that Admissions_Laurin used to be an Admissions Representative? And now she's a fancy lady with her own desk and post-it notes!
    Did you know that Admissions_Laurin used to be an Admissions Representative? And now she's a fancy lady with her own desk and post-it notes!
  2. The most important things you need to know about interviews at Johns Hopkins (sub-numbered list, coming at ya!):
    1. Most importantly, interviews at JHU are optional. This means that if you’re not able to schedule an interview, or maybe you just don’t feel like it, your application will NOT be negatively impacted. Just because other schools required interviews, or your best friend did an interview, or you have some really bizarre interest in being interviewed by a stranger, none of that means that you have to have an interview here; you should be requesting an interview because you feel it will really benefit you. If you do have an interview, it’s included in your application file and considered along with the rest of your materials. If you don’t/can’t/choose not to, it’s not a strike against you.
    2. Our interviews are informative rather than evaluative. You should look at admissions interviews here as your chance to learn more about the university and ask your interviewer any and all questions you might have about Johns Hopkins.
    3. How does one sign up for an interview, you ask? Why, online, of course! For both types of interviews, we only accept online requests.
    4. Because we have a limited number of interview spots and alumni interviewers, we can’t always guarantee availability. In general, students can request on-campus interviews from February of their junior year until February of their senior year; for seniors, alumni interviews can be requested beginning in mid-October and running through the end of January.
    5. What if the interview slots are all full? Don’t worry about it. See above—availability is limited and spots do tend to fill up fast. Right now, at this moment, we do not currently have any on-campus interview spots left. If this happens, and you really, really, really, like, more than you wanted that cat when you were seven, want an interview, you can keep checking back. The website is updated in real time so if someone cancels, you’ll see a spot open up online. There isn’t a wait list for interviews, so they are a first-come, first-served kind of deal.
    6. What if you’ve requested an alumni interview and haven’t heard back? If you are an Early Decision applicant, you should allow up to three weeks from your request to hear back (also, the opportunity for Early decision students to request interviews has now closed.) If you’ve recently made an alumni interview request, e-mail nasc@jhu.eduand they can fill you in on the status. For Regular Decision applicants, the scheduling process will begin on November 26 so you should hear back soon. In any case, please don’t request an interview multiple times—it just slows the whole process down.

      What should you wear to your interview: wedding dress or bathrobe? There has to be a happy medium in there somewhere.
      What should you wear to your interview: wedding dress or bathrobe? There has to be a happy medium in there somewhere.

    7.  What should you wear? What will you talk about? Should you fake a British accent (or, if you already have a cool accent, try to talk like a robot?) Let’s address that last one first: No. Please….no. For the others, here’s a great blog to give you an idea of what an on-campus interview is like: http://blogs.hopkins-interactive.com/blog/2010/11/the-johns-hopkins-on-campus-interview/. You can expect something similar for alumni interviews, as well.
    8.   Already did the hard part and got an interview scheduled? Then relax. You might even enjoy talking to the Admissions Representative or alumni interviewer who conducts your interview. Hopefully, you’ll leave the meeting with a better understanding of what makes JHU such a great place and your interviewer will be excited about the possibility of having you as part of the Johns Hopkins community.

Hope this is helpful. Now get back to work perfecting that robot voice, just in case you ever need it.

Maybe instead of an essay next year, JHU should do a "robot voice" contest. Discuss.
Maybe instead of an essay next year, JHU should do a "robot voice" contest. Discuss.

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