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To repeat or not to repeat? - That is the Question

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To repeat or not to repeat? - That is the Question [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2008, 15:21
So I'm trying to wipe the rust off of my interviewing skills right now. I'll be heading out to Duke next week to interview (I believe with a student). I realize that there are standard questions, but should we be reiterating similar stories that we talked about in our essays? Or is doing so a bad idea because when the interviewer reports back with their info, adcom will notice the overlap and think you've got nothing else...

I do realize that a big part of what they are looking for is fit, personality, whether you can you put coherent sentences together, etc. but I wanted to get a consensus on how to handle these generic questions that may overlap with essays.

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Re: To repeat or not to repeat? - That is the Question [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2008, 15:35
I think what is needed is balance. If they ask you how your co-workers would describe you, it wouldn't be a bad idea to say at least one thing that jives with your essays.

You are right though, if you just regurgitate what's on your essays, you may seem very one-dimensional. However, I think the bigger issue is that you've wasted an opportunity to provide further insight into you as an applicant.

However, if I have a really impressive leadership story (especially one I like telling) I'll stick with that (even if I talked about it on my essays) rather than go with a so-so leadership story.

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Re: To repeat or not to repeat? - That is the Question [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2008, 15:46
I don't really think the interviewer reports back content. I would guess its more of a number rating system (well-spoken? likable? confident? etc) and then a summary of whether they approve of you. What would be the point of the interviewer trying to remember all the facts you said?

I would use anything which makes your interview go well, I plan to use topics in my essays without hesitation. There really isn't an alternate way to explain what goals I have other than talk about what I already stated in my essays.
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Re: To repeat or not to repeat? - That is the Question [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2008, 15:50
refurb wrote:

However, if I have a really impressive leadership story (especially one I like telling) I'll stick with that (even if I talked about it on my essays) rather than go with a so-so leadership story.

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I think that's a key point. For most of us, we used our best stories for our essays. If I had a leadership essay, I brought out the very best leadership story I had for that essay. So then that begs the question - is it better to use your best story or is it better to use a less compelling story so that you don't repeat information? Personally, I want to use the best that I have for my interview. I'll be more confident, I'll tell the story better and my interviewer will be more impressed, which will lead to a better write-up for your file. They are looking to see how well you present yourself in the interview, using your best stories will allow you to present yourself better. That's just my thoughts. I'm very interested to hear what others have to say.
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Re: To repeat or not to repeat? - That is the Question [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2008, 17:33
I think referring to stories in essays is fine, as long as you aren't repeating it word for word. I was practicing the other day and realized I sounded like I was reading one of my essays. I had an interview and just treated it like a normal conversation and wanted to show my personality more so than I could ever do in an essay. I basically referenced things in my resume, gave examples that were in some of my essays, but elaborated on them in a more personal way. I also added elements to answers that weren't in my essays.
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Re: To repeat or not to repeat? - That is the Question [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2008, 17:49
Tarmac wrote:
I don't really think the interviewer reports back content. I would guess its more of a number rating system (well-spoken? likable? confident? etc) and then a summary of whether they approve of you. What would be the point of the interviewer trying to remember all the facts you said?


I think it really depends on the school.

I know during my Tuck interview, the interviewer was jotting down notes about my answers to "Why Tuck", "What will you contribute?".

Now whether those made it into her interview report, I don't know.

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