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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?
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.
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!
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.
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.