I had my interview for a leading business school two weeks ago. This particular school conducts alumuni interviews, and the interviewer gets a copy of the application pack prior to the interview.
My interviewer walked in about 20 minutes late, apologized for the delay and told me he was late because a deal he was working on had run into some trouble. He then informed me that he had not had a chance to look at my application, and asked me to wait while he looked through it.
Throughout the interview, he interrupted me frequently, and seemed to be in quite a hurry to rush through what seemed like a standard list of questions.
He seemed critical of the schools network, the brand and the job prospects in the city the school is located it (which in my opinion seem to be three major selling points of the school). Additionally, he kept talking about how bad current economic times are, how risky it is to pursue a degree at this time, and how the economic outlook of the country the school is poor. Additionally, he joked about how much weight the school place on the alumuni interview, and how that was a risky proposition for applicants.
He did NOT, however, make any openly rude, discriminatory, or biased statements.
Today, I received an email for the Ad Com telling me that he has just submitted the interview report, two weeks after the interview date.
I initially thought that this might be an interview tactic used by the school, but every other interview report on the internet for that school talks about how relaxed the interview was and how nice the alumni are.
I am wondering what if anything I should say or do. The AdCom doesn't meet for a few days. Should I take this up with the admission officer assigned to me, wait for a decision and then consider appealing, or do nothing.
I'm completely torn apart thinking about this and replaying the interview in my head, any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.
A few thoughts an unfortunately, they are contradictory.
1) Many times when applicants believe an interview went terribly, they are wrong.
2) I have occasionally asked admissions directors about interviews like this -- unprofessional, but nothing egregiously wrong --the directors all said that the applicant should contact them individually and privately and request another interview.
3) I once actually called an adcom director on behalf of an applicant. Before I could connect again with the applicants, the applicant had been admitted.
Bottom line: I think the adcom director would want to know about your experience, and if you do not exaggerate and remain professional throughout, I don't believe going to the director would hurt you. At the same time, no guarantees...
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