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Interviews

After you’ve submitted your application, you may be offered an opportunity to interview with a Dartmouth graduate who lives in your local community.

How Interviews Are Arranged

  • Dartmouth offers alumni interviews only. There are no on-campus interviews.
  • The Admissions Office does not take requests for interviews. We forward applicant contact information to volunteer alumni interviewers. Our alumni then contact students directly to schedule interviews.
  • Interviews for Regular Decisions candidates are usually scheduled throughout January and February. Our interviewers will typically use the email address you provided in your application to contact you to set up a meeting time.

Interviews aren’t required

  • Interviews are not required and in many cases not available. While our alumni work hard to offer as many interviews as possible, we are not able to offer interviews to all applicants.
  • Not having an interview will not put you at a disadvantage in the admissions process. However, if you are offered an interview, it can help you learn something new about Dartmouth and allow you to add a little more of your own voice to your application.

If you have been invited to interview

  • Alumni interviews are both informational and evaluative. You can ask our alumni your questions, and they can learn more about you through the conversation. Their interview evaluation is added to your file and is reviewed along with your other materials.
  • Interviews take place in the applicant’s town or school community, or online via a virtual platform.
  • Interviews are conducted in a public setting such as a library or local café. Interviews should not take place in either the interviewer's or the applicant's home.
  • If you are unable to or would prefer not to schedule an interview, please respond as soon as possible to decline the invitation. This will give the alumnus/a who contacted you plenty of time to offer an interview to another applicant.
  • If you have been invited to interview and you have questions or concerns, please contact us at (603) 646-3368.

Tips for a Successful Interview

  • Check your email. Interviewers use the email address you provided in your application to contact you.
  • Respond promptly if you are invited to interview.
  • Make a positive first impression. Arrive on time. Formal attire is not required, but dress appropriately.
  • Plan ahead. A brief resume can be helpful to your interviewer.
  • Prepare. Your interviewer will likely ask you questions similar to these:
     o Tell me about your school: courses, teachers, favorite subject, worst subject?
     o Is there a project, paper, lab, etc. that you were especially proud of when you completed it?
     o What are your future plans: college, major, career?
     o What activities are you involved in: which are the most important to you and why?
     o What would your teachers or friends tell us about you?
     o When you envision your ideal college experience, what does that look like?
  • What are your questions about Dartmouth? Your questions will give your interviewer insight about what you value and your thought process.
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