Interviews

As you know, at Bates, we take the interview seriously. The interview is our best chance to meet the person behind the credentials. Our goals, as interviewers, are to learn about each student’s passions, interests, personality, and assess how each student will contribute to the Bates Community. In recent years, as our inquiry pool has increased and demand for Bates interviews has risen, AIA volunteers have responded, offering upwards of 25% of all Bates interviews.

We have provided some tips for interviewing, as well as some sample interview questions that you may find helpful as you prepare for your interviews.

Interview Process

Processing a Request
Admission will assign the interview to an alumni volunteer and will send an email informing him/her that a student will be calling or emailing soon to arrange a Bates interview. Admission will send the prospective student the contact information of the alumni interviewer.

Once Assigned
Upon receiving the information the student will contact the alumni interviewer to schedule an interview. Please note that it is the responsibility of the student to contact the interviewer.  Once an interview has been scheduled we ask that the alumni interviewer email aia@bates.edu with the date, time and location of the meeting.

The Interview
The Bates alumni volunteer and the student will meet for the interview.  Interviews usually take 30-40 minutes, with a few minutes after reserved for time with parents.

Student Follow-up
At the conclusion of the interview, the student will email aia@bates.edu to confirm the completion of the interview.

Alumni Follow-up
Please evaluate the interview by going to the Garnet Gateway and completing the interview form.

Interview Timeline

Deadlines for students to request and complete alumni interviews are as follows:

If you are applying for January Admission
November 1, 2016: Deadline to complete your Alumni or On Campus Interview

If you are applying Early Decision I
November 1, 2016: Deadline to request your Alumni or On Campus Interview 
November 18, 2016: Deadline to complete your Alumni or On Campus Interview

If you are applying Early Decision II
November 18, 2016: Deadline to complete your On Campus Interview
December 13, 2016: Deadline to request your Alumni Interview
January 1, 2017: Deadline to complete your Alumni Interview

If you are applying Regular Decision
November 18, 2016: Deadline to complete your On Campus Interview
January 6, 2017: Deadline to request your Alumni Interview
January 20, 2017: Deadline to complete your Alumni Interview

If you are applying as a Transfer Applicant
November 18, 2016: Deadline to complete your On Campus Interview
March 1, 2017: Deadline to request your Alumni Interview
March 15, 2017: Deadline to complete your Alumni Interview