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hi! well good luck w your application, college admissions are really the worst.
first things first, every person who wants an interview is guaranteed one from Yale. You can either opt to do the interview on-campus with an admissions officer, or with an alumni representative in your town. I am assuming that you chose the latter, in which case, good choice. Your alumni representative will only meet with a couple people, so you have a better chance of standing out in their mind.
The goal of the interview is two-fold. The first is to get a face to put to the application; a person behind your essays, your GPA, your SAT scores, your awards and accomplishments. The second is to see what kind of fit you would be at Yale. The saying is that the interview cannot really hurt you, it can only help. This may or may not be true, I’m not an admissions officer.
Okay so my advice for your interview is to really be yourself, and let your passions shine through. At the end of the interview you want your interviewer to come away with three things: 1) what you would add to the Yale experience 2) what you would take from the Yale experience 3) They wish they could go back to Yale so they could go to school with you. I don’t know anything about you so I can’t give more tailored advice, but I can give you a couple “don’ts”. DO NOT: talk about something that you don’t know about, or you wouldn’t be able to answer a follow-up question on. DO NOT: lie. If you can’t get in based on the truth then you don’t deserve a spot here. DO NOT: bring your resume and/or application materials. They are not allowed to see any of that stuff, they’re supposed to get to know you from your interview. DO NOT: be afraid to talk about something that your interviewer may disagree with you on. If they ask you about politics, they want to know, not shame you.
My last piece of advice is that the college interview is not the place to be humble, so if you did something awesome in high school, talk about it! explain it! if you made a movie, bring it! if you cured cancer, talk about it!
I hope this was helpful, It’s been a long time since I applied to college. Best of luck!