drawstring wrote:Similar numbers and K-JD here too.
He seems pretty exceptional. For the most part it seems like a high majority of people that get JS1s make it to the waitlist, and a 15 day turnaround from JS1 to rejection is very rare for someone above both medians. In the past candidates like us who interviewed fairly early but hadn't heard back at this point were held, and I believe late March is when held candidates started getting in. There are also a number of numerically strong applicants who get in off the waitlist each year. Keep in mind that the last couple of waves have included a small number of Oct/Nov JS1s, so they have at least started looking back, even if most of their re-reading happens at a later point in the cycle.
Maybe he said something terribly inappropriate during his JS1...
I think that generally the JS1 has a limited positive effect on the admissions decision, it's 10 minutes over Skype vs. the last 4+ years of your life. However, people can weed themselves out with their JS1 if they say something blatantly unprofessional/negative. Do no harm, people.