I've seen this question come up before, with most people saying they would respond with something generic like "my state schools, and a few others..." or something similar. Now that it's later in the year, with acceptances and rejections being given to many applicants who still have interviews remaining, I wonder how many might face a question like the above with a twist like "...and how do you stand with them?" I'm not sure if they are "supposed" to or allowed to ask questions like that, but I'm sure it is bound to happen because I've experienced something not so far removed, and others have had the direct question about other schools to which they've applied. How would you responsd? If you were accepted somewhere already, would you tell them? Reasons for and agains? More interestingly (or maybe less ambiguous), if you already had a rejection and an interviewer asked you how you stood with other schools, would you tell them? With rumors that some adcomms talk to each other, would you be concerned about any knowledge he might already have? I think I'd just stare blankly for a while and then start talking about the kind of music I prefer or something.