More On The Interview… by Stu Schmill '86
The deadline has passed, but if you're an EA applicant who has not yet contacted your EC, you should still do so!
Please note that, as of August 2018, our process for assigning interviews has changed (though Stu’s observations on the demands of our interviewers remains accurate). A description of the current interview process is posted here.
The deadline to contact your EC has passed for early action applicants. But if you are an early action applicant who has not yet contacted your EC, you should still do so! Your EC will still conduct an interview with you, write a report, and submit it as part of your application. With the deadline having passed, we cannot guarantee that your interview will be considered at the beginning of the early action round – but it will be reviewed and added to your application when we receive it.
Remember that our alumni interviewers are volunteers and have jobs, families, and other commitments. They sometimes travel or are otherwise unavailable for brief periods, and this can happen unexpectedly. If you have been trying to connect with your EC for some time and have been unable to reach him or her, please write to [email protected] and tell us; we will assign you to another EC who is available.
Some of you may live in areas where we don’t have alumni (or enough alumni so that we can accommodate everyone’s request for an interview). In these cases, your interview may be waived. (You should know that we pull out students whose interviews have been waived from the admit-rate statistics for applicants with interview vs. applicants without interview.) If your interview has been waived, you do have another option. If you will be visiting campus sometime this fall or winter, you can interview with an alum in the Boston/Cambridge area. You should write to [email protected] and tell us that you will be coming to campus – we’ll assign you to an EC in the vicinity of MIT.
Note that you don’t need to make a special trip here; this is only if you are planning to visit anyway. You should only take advantage of this if your interview was initially waived; if we have an EC available for you near your home, it’s best for you to interview with them.
If you haven’t yet contacted your EC – whether you are applying early or regular – you should do so soon! And have fun with it!