Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

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How many years of work experience do you have?

K-JD
40
25%
1-2
61
38%
3-5
35
22%
6-10
17
10%
I rode a dinosaur to my undergraduate classes
9
6%
 
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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby AvatarMeelo » Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:38 pm

DistrictDisaster wrote:I have my off-campus alumni interview tomorrow (Saturday) at a Starbucks. Dress code thoughts? I'm female. Asked this in the general forum and got told suit (!) and/or skirt and blazer. Do you guys agree? Not trying to gun for sweatpants, just have images of the alumni in jeans and sweater and me looking ridiculous on a Saturday afternoon.


Well you’re the one being interviewed so unless the alumni says otherwise, I’d dress to impress. I remember for college interviews I showed up with a blazer and dress pants at a Starbucks and the admissions director showed up in hiking clothes because he wanted to head upstate to hike some trails right after the interview. He appreciated I made an effort though!

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby DistrictDisaster » Fri Oct 27, 2017 2:57 pm

clueless801 wrote:
DistrictDisaster wrote:I have my off-campus alumni interview tomorrow (Saturday) at a Starbucks. Dress code thoughts? I'm female. Asked this in the general forum and got told suit (!) and/or skirt and blazer. Do you guys agree? Not trying to gun for sweatpants, just have images of the alumni in jeans and sweater and me looking ridiculous on a Saturday afternoon.


Well you’re the one being interviewed so unless the alumni says otherwise, I’d dress to impress. I remember for college interviews I showed up with a blazer and dress pants at a Starbucks and the admissions director showed up in hiking clothes because he wanted to head upstate to hike some trails right after the interview. He appreciated I made an effort though!


V. helpful anecdote - thanks! Will dress up.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby rachelac » Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:02 pm

DistrictDisaster wrote:I have my off-campus alumni interview tomorrow (Saturday) at a Starbucks. Dress code thoughts? I'm female. Asked this in the general forum and got told suit (!) and/or skirt and blazer. Do you guys agree? Not trying to gun for sweatpants, just have images of the alumni in jeans and sweater and me looking ridiculous on a Saturday afternoon.


I had one in the evening at the alum's firm and wore dress pants and a blouse. On a weekend I probably would've done the same, since it's professional but not overdressed.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby audrinainlaw » Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:33 pm

rachelac wrote:
DistrictDisaster wrote:I have my off-campus alumni interview tomorrow (Saturday) at a Starbucks. Dress code thoughts? I'm female. Asked this in the general forum and got told suit (!) and/or skirt and blazer. Do you guys agree? Not trying to gun for sweatpants, just have images of the alumni in jeans and sweater and me looking ridiculous on a Saturday afternoon.


I had one in the evening at the alum's firm and wore dress pants and a blouse. On a weekend I probably would've done the same, since it's professional but not overdressed.


I wore dress pants and a blouse as well in 95 degrees weather, even the attorneys in his office were dressed casually. You can def stick to business attire & dress to impress without overdoing it/looking stuffy. Good luck today!

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby DistrictDisaster » Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:33 pm

Interview was SO FUN. Like the others who’ve done the alumni interview, I’m really even more excited about Northwestern now.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby KPUSN07 » Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:15 pm

How much does the interview help with the application? I have mine scheduled, but just curious how much stock the admissions committee puts into it.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby jimmyplayer601 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 6:00 am

KPUSN07 wrote:How much does the interview help with the application? I have mine scheduled, but just curious how much stock the admissions committee puts into it.


During my interview with an alumni, I feel like it's more of check in the box (as long as you seem sane and not a douchebag). They said that they like to interview almost everyone if they can to make sure they're making a class that that doesn't have any rude/cold/ppl who do not know how to socialize

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby OtisRedding24 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:35 am

Chiming in on the interview....

It was awesome. Relaxed and conversational. My interviewer has had almost the exact career path that I want so it was really cool to be able to ask him about it. Feeling very positive about Northwestern. Met at a coffee shop, I wore a suit, he just had a shirt/tie.

By the way, anyone here going for public interest?

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby KPUSN07 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:16 pm

OtisRedding24 wrote:Chiming in on the interview....

It was awesome. Relaxed and conversational. My interviewer has had almost the exact career path that I want so it was really cool to be able to ask him about it. Feeling very positive about Northwestern. Met at a coffee shop, I wore a suit, he just had a shirt/tie.

By the way, anyone here going for public interest?


I'd like to - that is my goal.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby texasreznikoff » Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:30 pm

KPUSN07 wrote:
OtisRedding24 wrote:Chiming in on the interview....

It was awesome. Relaxed and conversational. My interviewer has had almost the exact career path that I want so it was really cool to be able to ask him about it. Feeling very positive about Northwestern. Met at a coffee shop, I wore a suit, he just had a shirt/tie.

By the way, anyone here going for public interest?


I'd like to - that is my goal.


me too! interviewing next week

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby heyduchess » Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:45 am

DistrictDisaster wrote:I have my off-campus alumni interview tomorrow (Saturday) at a Starbucks. Dress code thoughts? I'm female. Asked this in the general forum and got told suit (!) and/or skirt and blazer. Do you guys agree? Not trying to gun for sweatpants, just have images of the alumni in jeans and sweater and me looking ridiculous on a Saturday afternoon.


I have an interview dress. It's long sleeve, black, thicker material, not body-hugging, but tailored. TBH search amazon and get something a news anchor would wear. I guess this is too late now, though! sry!

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby DistrictDisaster » Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:55 pm

heyduchess wrote:
DistrictDisaster wrote:I have my off-campus alumni interview tomorrow (Saturday) at a Starbucks. Dress code thoughts? I'm female. Asked this in the general forum and got told suit (!) and/or skirt and blazer. Do you guys agree? Not trying to gun for sweatpants, just have images of the alumni in jeans and sweater and me looking ridiculous on a Saturday afternoon.


I have an interview dress. It's long sleeve, black, thicker material, not body-hugging, but tailored. TBH search amazon and get something a news anchor would wear. I guess this is too late now, though! sry!


No worries - thanks for the input because basically that's what I wore! A ponte dress, cardigan, dressier/corporette wedges. I think it was just about right.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby kimi14118 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 10:54 am

heyduchess wrote:
DistrictDisaster wrote:I have my off-campus alumni interview tomorrow (Saturday) at a Starbucks. Dress code thoughts? I'm female. Asked this in the general forum and got told suit (!) and/or skirt and blazer. Do you guys agree? Not trying to gun for sweatpants, just have images of the alumni in jeans and sweater and me looking ridiculous on a Saturday afternoon.


I have an interview dress. It's long sleeve, black, thicker material, not body-hugging, but tailored. TBH search amazon and get something a news anchor would wear. I guess this is too late now, though! sry!


Also have my interview this Saturday at coffee shop. I was planning on wearing khakis and a nice sweater. now I'm wondering if I'm too casual now.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby gmenold » Wed Nov 01, 2017 3:40 pm

Also have my interview this Saturday at coffee shop. I was planning on wearing khakis and a nice sweater. now I'm wondering if I'm too casual now.


Probably, if you're really looking to wear a sweater and khakis at least put a shirt and tie under the sweater to dress it up a little. I wore dress pants, a dress shirt, a blazer, and no tie and was comfortable, but I would have felt underdressed if I had worn khakis or a sweater.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby rachelac » Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:52 pm

Northwestern had me thinking they were sending out acceptances already with that email. :roll:

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby rowdy » Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:53 pm

rachelac wrote:Northwestern had me thinking they were sending out acceptances already with that email. :roll:


I know, gave me a heart attack.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby Platopus » Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:54 pm

rachelac wrote:Northwestern had me thinking they were sending out acceptances already with that email. :roll:


+1 got very excited for a second

Also glad to know every one else compulsively checks their email as often as I do
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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby audrinainlaw » Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:54 pm

rachelac wrote:Northwestern had me thinking they were sending out acceptances already with that email. :roll:


Still recovering from that heart jolt.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby DistrictDisaster » Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:14 pm

Platopus wrote:
rachelac wrote:Northwestern had me thinking they were sending out acceptances already with that email. :roll:


+1 got very excited for a second

Also glad to know every one else compulsively checks their email as often as I do


+1 million. Schmucks.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby xinaialice » Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:16 pm

rachelac wrote:Northwestern had me thinking they were sending out acceptances already with that email. :roll:


I was almost passing out because they put "acceptance" in the subject line....

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby jibrahim23 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:18 pm

xinaialice wrote:
rachelac wrote:Northwestern had me thinking they were sending out acceptances already with that email. :roll:


I was almost passing out because they put "acceptance" in the subject line....

Same here, I jumped when I read the subject heading lol.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby sillymints7962 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 7:57 pm

Does this mean anything bad for high LSAT scorers this cycle? Or does it somehow imply that there aren't as many high LSAT scores as usual? So confusing.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby #gobroncos » Thu Nov 02, 2017 8:08 pm

sillymints7962 wrote:Does this mean anything bad for high LSAT scorers this cycle? Or does it somehow imply that there aren't as many high LSAT scores as usual? So confusing.


I’m not sure what it means aside from the fact that they’re seeing something that they don’t like but that GRE-only candidates might be able to solve.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby jellyjar » Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:23 pm

Not sure if this was helpful, but I interviewed on campus last week. I took a tour beforehand, and it was great, but the interview totally took the wind out of my sails. I've been told I'm a decent interviewer, but boy, this was difficult. Chatted with an assistant director of admissions, and she was giving me absolutely nothing. Literally like talking to a wall. So that was definitely a downer. Just be prepared that you may not be able to work off of your interviewer.

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Re: Northwestern c/o 2021 Applicants (2017-2018 cycle)

Postby AlPastor » Thu Nov 02, 2017 10:43 pm

Add me to the list of people who are twice as excited for Northwestern after the interview!




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