jk148706 wrote:Just back from my interview. It took about 90 minutes and was much different from what I expected. We met at a local restaurant and everything was very informal (though, I dressed in a shirt and tie).
My interviewer asked the typical 'why law' and ' why NU' questions. But he was particularly candid about the law industry. He works at a large firm (he indicated 500+ lawyers), but he said he would advise his children against law school. He repeatedly emphasized that I should go to the best school I can get in to (Northwestern!) and that I should avoid the local TTTs.
I also found it interesting that my interviewer asked only a handful of questions. He spent a lot of time fielding my questions; he seemed more interested in what I wanted to ask. We had a pleasant conversation and I'm confident he will send a positive report, but I guess you never know.
Back to waiting.
Pretty much my case. I asked far more questions than my interviewer did in my 50min interview. No wonder some suspect that this whole alumni off-campus interview thing doesn't weigh too much in adcom's decisions. It's just another way of advertising by arranging prospective students to talk with alumni they're proud of. (
Really hope this is not true, b/c I believe my interview just went well)
The alumni interview serves 3 functions generally
1) Alumni feel important and connected with the school, and feel a part of it. That makes them more willing to donate to it or give resources in some way.
2) Alumni can sell students on the school. Regardless of whether the alumni was handpicked or not, it's still likely someone who will speak glowingly of the school and encourage highly qualified individuals to attend.
3) Identify students at the very top or very bottom. Any student who is exceptionally impressive or exceptionally terrible on the evaluations will probably feel the effect of the interview more than most. However, interviewers are humans too, and generally feel bad giving out too negative reviews unless they really feel justified, so don't worry if you just feel like you had a less than stellar interview, as you likely still got fine marks.
I would strongly suggest that students who interview well, have the economic means and time to interview at the school itself though, as the school appreciates that. They also weigh those interviews more, since they know more about the interviewer's habits in evaluating students.