First off, I had been battling the start of some kind of stomach bug for a couple days beforehand, so I was all around tired, sore and worn out. I also had the beginning of a painful eye infection in one eye, and the lower lid of my OTHER eye was twitching nonstop (I heard this can happen when you’re overtired or stressed. It was driving me nuts! And it was actually visible to others–I probably looked like some kind of twitchy madwoman). Oh, and I also had a big canker sore going on on my lip, ya know, just to round out the whole picture.
To add to that, I left for my interview super early, but traffic STILL killed me. It was like every possible thing that could go wrong went wrong. Construction shut down a major street to just one lane, car accidents, random backups for no reason…it was all there. So despite my leaving with a ton of time to spare (I was planning on getting there at least 30 minutes early to review my notes beforehand), I ended up DASHING into my interview at the EXACT start time that was scheduled for me. My brain was fried from the last 1.5 hours of built up stress and clock-checking in the car, and I was simply not mentally ready for an interview at that point.
That was my big mistake. I’m a punctual person (especially when I’m meeting someone else; I hate to hold people up), but I really should have just sat and decompressed for 2-3 minutes and been late by 2-3 minutes. It probably would have helped me out a lot. So, note to others: Don’t run into your interview all hyped up like I was!
So we started with a regular resume walk-through-type question, and I tripped over my words and incoherently said…things…or at least I think I did. By the time that one was over, I had calmed down a bit, and the rest of the interview went okay (I think). But altogether, I left feeling very disappointed in myself. I think I could have hit that one out of the park, but I set a poor image right at the beginning that probably affected my interviewer’s perception of the rest of my performance. (Oh, by the way, I interviewed with an adcom member in Los Angeles.)
I’ve been posting all the questions I can remember from interviews I’ve had with other schools, but I haven’t been for Yale. And I think that’s because I have the distinct impression that the school does *not* want us to share these things with others. In fact, the person I interviewed with basically said so…she acknowledged the fact that everyone can find past questions online, so Yale really goes through the effort to formulate questions that applicants have not seen before. Knowing that makes me believe a couple things about Yale SOM: 1) They might weigh the interview more compared to other schools, and 2) Maybe they’re less into collaboration (??) I’m not sure. These are complete guesses. But, either way, their attitude about the whole thing makes the competitive side of me flare up (I also just don’t want to do something that they are explicitly trying to avoid). So I’m not going to share the specific questions I received, but I can say that they were DEFINITELY BEHAVIORAL. Actually, I’m not even sure if “behavioral” is the right word…when I think of “behavioral,” I think, “Tell me about a time when…”. And while there were a couple questions that followed that pattern, some questions were more about belief systems and relationships. They definitely favor people who are introspective and people-oriented.
Anyway, that wraps up all the interviews I have lined up so far. Still no word from Stanford or Berkeley. I’m assuming Stanford is a ding (I’ll know for sure next Tuesday), which isn’t a surprise. I would have been surprised if I *had* been invited for an interview, but I had to apply anyway. Though I wish I could get my $275 application fee back. Theirs was the highest fee I’ve had to pay, and it was painful. No one talks about application fees, but they hurt. A lot.
I still have hopes for an invite from Haas, though. I would love-love-love to hear from them!!