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# Can adcoms sneak a peek at us?

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08 Dec 2006, 07:32
Strange question, I know, and probably will never get a straight answer, but hypothetically it seems possible that adcoms could look into our online application packets before we submit.

Surely some of us must already have apps that are 75+% complete, but we still need to go back and upload that one last essay, make a few ammendments here, adjustments there, tweaking and recalibrating our marketing pitch...

If it's a slow weekday, ie the calm before the storm, I wonder if they aren't sneaking a peek at what's in store for the next cycle?
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08 Dec 2006, 08:35
My first thought when I read the topic of this thread was: "Does GMATT73 asks whether the adcom sneak a peek at this forum?"
Hahaha.
Well, it is not something completely impossible, is it?
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08 Dec 2006, 09:31
I think it depends... I don't believe the embrak ones are viewable by the school until submition where they recieve it all from Embark all at once.
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08 Dec 2006, 09:51
My first thought when I saw this post was whether the Adcom googles the candidates. I've noticed my webpage getting a lot more hits recently!
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08 Dec 2006, 22:04
Yeah, I think they have the ability.

If I was on the adcomm and received an 800 GMAT from Pearson, and I had some free time, I would peek at the guy's application.
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09 Dec 2006, 08:41
helg wrote:
My first thought when I read the topic of this thread was: "Does GMATT73 asks whether the adcom sneak a peek at this forum?"
Hahaha.
Well, it is not something completely impossible, is it?

No. I think Rhyme is an undercover adcom
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09 Dec 2006, 11:05
Nsentra wrote:
helg wrote:
My first thought when I read the topic of this thread was: "Does GMATT73 asks whether the adcom sneak a peek at this forum?"
Hahaha.
Well, it is not something completely impossible, is it?

No. I think Rhyme is an undercover adcom

Sshhhhhh.
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09 Dec 2006, 12:25
I thought you were talking about, like in a dressing room or something.
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09 Dec 2006, 12:30
I don't really think they're so eager to start plowing through gazillion applicants that they just can't wait and peek into your stuff.
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09 Dec 2006, 15:40
I've interviewed about 20-30 candidates in the past year for the firm I work for. Each time, I do a 10 second google/linkedin search for the person I'm interviewing. It gives me a brief picture of the candidate that the resume does not.

I wonder if adcoms do this for the candidates they are considering seriously.
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09 Dec 2006, 16:20
That's the other thing It's quite probable they do some research on interesting candidates; the point of this thread is whether they peek into your app *before* you even applied.
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12 Dec 2006, 00:02
I recall MIT or Stanford asked on the app. website whether you wanted to make your profile "viewable" to them or not prior to submission. I always wondered what they might be doing about this.

Cheers. L.
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12 Dec 2006, 01:21
I wish they reviewed websites like these and identified the 'socially' active members!

It would be a good way to identify candidates with superior networking and social skills in the 'Electronic Age'!
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12 Dec 2006, 07:12
I can confirm that Admissions Officers can indeed view your Embark application before submitting. I exchanged an email with an Admissions Director and this was part of the response....

"A quick check of Embark shows that you're halfway through the application..."
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12 Dec 2006, 08:33
swgotz wrote:
I can confirm that Admissions Officers can indeed view your Embark application before submitting. I exchanged an email with an Admissions Director and this was part of the response....

"A quick check of Embark shows that you're halfway through the application..."

Anybody else ever receive a message like this before?

I have also noticed that certain schools that I have open applications with have been sending A LOT of online literature, invites to alumni events, etc.

I can't help but think that it must be a marketing strategy. XYZ charges \$175 p/app *2000 applications = two staff salaries and a nice bonus for the dean.
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12 Dec 2006, 12:12
I should note that the admissions officer only checked my Embark application after I sent a question regarding application deadlines and interviews. So don't think they were just sitting around trolling for folks who haven't completed applications yet!
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12 Dec 2006, 18:53
this is the email I got from one of the universities I applied for. Just FYI, I hadn't requested any info before the email.

Dear mary,

Periodically I receive reports of applications to our graduate program that have not been completed.

While I realize that you may just be waiting to finish applying, or may have decided not to proceed, I wanted to offer my assistance if there are any questions I might answer for you about our graduate programs.
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12 Dec 2006, 19:53
mary_m wrote:
Periodically I receive reports of applications to our graduate program that have not been completed.

Hah....well maybe I was wrong and some schools do have folks trolling for unfinished apps!!!
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12 Dec 2006, 22:07
Dear John,

while I realize that you may just be working on your app, I just wanted to say COME ON MAN, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

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13 Dec 2006, 07:01
braindancer wrote:
WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!

Linkin Park, numb.
13 Dec 2006, 07:01

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