How does it work? Unlike most top business schools, Tuck says interviews are not required, although on-campus interviews are strongly encouraged. And, we suspect that all accepted students were in fact interviewed at some point in their application process. As we mentioned before, applicants to Tuck have the unique opportunity to initiate on-campus interviews by scheduling them online. Tuck (and Veritas Prep, too!) most definitely recommends that you do so. Applicant-initiated interviews are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis and are only conducted on campus. You should certainly make the effort to go to Hanover if you’re really serious about Tuck. It will help you understand the unique program and help the school get a better feel for how you might fit in there.
Understanding the school. There is no obligation to submit an application before the interview, and going through the entire campus visit and interview will likely either radically inspire you that Tuck is the place you want to be (thus allowing you to infuse this enthusiasm into your essays), or will educate you that perhaps it’s not the best environment for you. In either case, you come out ahead. In this blog post, Tuck even recommends interviewing prior to submission.
Interview invitations. For those who apply without interviewing first, the Tuck Admissions Office will issue invitations when they are interested to know someone better. These Tuck-initiated interviews can be conducted on campus, off campus, or occasionally by Skype. Off-campus interviews are conducted by admissions committee members, admissions associates, or alumni. Tuck states that all interviews, no matter how conducted or when, are evaluated equally and that they understand that in certain cases applicants will not be able to travel to New Hampshire.
What should I expect? Of course, being asked to interview is only the first step: Of those interviewed, fewer than half are admitted. If you are one of the lucky ones to be offered an interview spot, there are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare. First, Tuck will be heavily assessing your “fit” with the school, so do your homework beforehand. The format is very casual, with no “gotcha” questions, but the interviewer will be evaluating intangible skills such as communication, leadership, teamwork, introspection and self-awareness, and clarity of goals—aspects that are more difficult to assess in the written application alone.
Who will conduct my interview? On-campus interviews are conducted mostly by select second-year students (called Tuck Admissions Associates), though sometimes admissions committee members do them, too. Candidate-initiated interview appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis. The interview can be combined with a class visit, student lunch, or campus tour, and we recommend taking advantage of all these opportunities while you’re there. In addition, be sure to chat more informally with as many students as you can. Ask them about their experience at Tuck, where they live, what their academic and extracurricular schedule is like, how they like Hanover, how recruiting has gone, and so forth. Do everything you can to get a sense of the school from different perspectives.
What will my interviewer know about my background? If you interview prior to submitting your application, the interviewer will have only your resume. If your interview is invitational, a member of the admissions committee will have already read your application and deemed you worthy of the next round of evaluation. However, it’s unusual for the same officer to read your application and conduct your interview, so it’s rare to be asked about specific elements of your written application. Invitational interviews cover the same topics and skills as in applicant-initiated ones, mentioned above.
What questions should I ask? Most interviewers will ask if there is anything you’d like the admissions committee to know that you were not able to put in your application. This is a perfect time to stress your sincere desire to attend Tuck. Remember to prepare a few other questions for your interviewer. Insightful questions not only give you a better idea of the school but also enable you to finish the interview on a strong note. Always make sure to ask questions that are genuine and sincere, and those that you couldn’t have found the answer to on your own (especially on the school’s website!). Even if you feel your questions about the school have been answered, if the interviewer is a student, you can always ask her what she wishes she had known before coming to Tuck or what she has enjoyed most about the Tuck experience.
Veritas Prep and Your Tuck Application
Tuck receives thousands of applications every year, so making an impression with its admissions board is a real challenge. To guide you through this challenge, Veritas Prep has developed the most qualified and diverse team of admissions consultants ever assembled. Don’t just take our word for it; check out our team yourself! If you are interested in maximizing your chances for admission, our team will help you every step of the way.