The Interview Process
Ensuring that the interview experience is positive, comfortable, and helpful is the cornerstone of the critical personal outreach you, as an alumna/us interviewer and official admissions representative, provide to applicants. The Harvard Admissions Committee expects interviewers to treat applicants with respect. The Admissions Committee also relies on interviewers’ ability to make recommendations for applicants’ admission. Blessed with so many accomplished applicants—many more than we have room to admit—the Admissions Committee often makes fine distinctions among candidates. Many of these decisions hinge on intangible factors that alumni/ae can substantiate with interview reports that breathe life into applicants’ folders.
In addition to interviewing applicants, the Schools Committee alumni/ae interviewers act as ambassadors for Harvard in the DC-area community. Schools Committee volunteers attend college fairs and school visits when they are offered. In the process, alumni/ae volunteers cultivate critical relationships with parents, guidance counselors, other alumni/ae, and the general public. As the competition among colleges for the best students increases, so does the need for your help. Both the Schools Committee and the Admissions Committee are grateful to have volunteers join the efforts. Volunteers will likely find the work personally rewarding, intellectually stimulating, and occasionally perplexing.