This reserve wave is scaring the hell out of me
Getting an interview request doesn’t seem to mean you’re necessarily in good shape. But the thing is why offer interviews and waitlist so many of the interviewees? Especially when an interview is required for admission.
From what I’ve gathered so far in this thread, and past cycle threads, the interview doesn’t seem to be a make it or break it type of thing. But when strong stat interviewees get waitlisted that seems to run contrary to that notion. I wish we had a better idea of how important nailing the interview actually is.
Well, put it this way. I've done interviews for Duke, Northwestern, WUSTL, Chicago, Texas, Vandy, UVA (the informal dinner thing) and Cornell.
I am a pretty good interviewer, but if any of them was my weakest it was Cornell. So far, all of the others have gone well for me or I at least haven't heard bad news yet. The interview was the only point of differentiation for these and my stats should have been competitive at Cornell so the interview is really all I could think to place it. (I actually had a really good justification for Why Cornell too IMO).
So I would definitely advise anyone to really make sure to kill it for the interview. Seems to have been the thing that derailed me :/