||05-24-2012 05:05 PM
Originally Posted by tros0836
I am applying this summer to seven different schools, and I am confused about how this will work. What if I get say 4 interviews out of the seven, and need to schedule interviews apart because either I got asked at completely different times or because of plane tickets. Well then I have heard you don't have that long to make a decision, but what if I haven't even gone to 3 places yet, and I got accepted into one. How do you make this work with that short of a time window to make a decision?
I agree with the other person. I was able to schedule 3 interviews within about a month's time (flying to 2, but 1 was local). I didn't realize that I would get so little time to make a decision, so I had to ask the first place I interviewed at to give me an extra 2 weeks to make my decision (making it 4 weeks in total). They were kind enough to do so, but I know not all schools are willing to do that.
Rank the schools, look at your fall schedule, pick weekends that would be good for travel, note any weekends where you might be able to visit two schools back to back, etc. If you know in advance what your IDEAL timing is for each interview, that will help once they start sending out interview invites. You can schedule your interview months down the road. I was invited to interview at one school sometime in October, but I scheduled the interview for January since it was my last choice school, and ended up canceling it because I got in elsewhere. If you are really torn between a couple schools, schedule those interviews close together so that you can decide between them more easily and have enough time on the clock to do that.
If you hear back from your lower choice schools early, and haven't heard anything from your top choice schools, make sure to schedule those interviews later. If you are interviewing in November or early December, there will still be plenty of spots left in classes, but that gives you plenty of time to schedule other interviews sooner if those offers come through.