I have an Iowa interview this month. If you are an in-stater you will be interviewed as they interview all of us. If not, I dont know what will happen. If you are from Iowa (or now have resedency), call them to set up an interview. This sounds bold, but since all in staters are interviewed it is a mandatory part of the process for us, and is not considered out of line.
Could you give me some interview pointers. Ive heard that it is a standard 39? interview but any specifics (pressure interview, get to know you, see that you have a pulse, etc...) would be appreciated.
Yep, 39 questions. It's one-on-one, hence the tape recorder. From what I hear, they only actually listen to the tape of the interview if you are borderline, or a particular person on the committee has a concern with the application. Now I don't know that 100%, but that's what I've heard from some people.
The questions are interesting, they range from your life goals, to what you would do if you saw a kid hit himself on the finger with a hammer, all sorts.
It's not a tense situation at all. The interviewer gets to know you before the interview starts, they push record, and the interviewer does not comment on your question responses at all. Then after the interview, you get a tour, free lunch and you're out the door.
actually, EAK, it was my constant craving for soy-bean farms, prize-winning cows, and tractors that kept me out of Iowa....i was afraid i'd lose my concentration on school if I was surrounded by so many of my favortie distracting things
as for the acceptance Q, i applied for 2002, BUT don't be fooled....some schools send out acceptances in late Nov! even though it's against the rules, i got 2 of those early letters