Sample Interview Reports

We would like you to comment on the following:

  • The student’s enthusiasm for Bates
  • His / her activities and interests (academic and extracurricular)
  • Leadership potential
  • Other qualities – such as sense of humor, sense of self, seriousness of purpose, maturity, energy, personality
  • Enthusiasm for life and for things beyond self
  • How do you see the student contributing to the Bates community?

You do not need to recount the entire question-and-answer sequence. The ideal report is no more than a few paragraphs. Your impressions, opinions and evaluation are extremely valuable. Be honest and concise!

Please include the location and date of your interview. 

Sample Interview 1

Location: Panera Bread, City, State
Date: November 10, 20XX

I very much enjoyed my interview with S—. S— immediately presented as confident, enthusiastic, and insightful. He was ready to “jump in” to more meaningful interview questions including his interest in Bates from the start. At the same time, he appeared comfortable engaging in more typical relaxed conversation where I was able to learn more about him and his personality.

S— is a student-athlete at W— High School. He is actively involved in additional activities outside of school including various volunteering opportunities. He states that his various time commitments outside of high school academics has taught him time management skills that he will be able to apply in college. He is unsure whether he wants to continue playing varsity soccer, but he has not yet ruled it out. If he does not continue with it, he plans on playing intramural.

S— spoke at length about his excitement to take advantage of various opportunities at Bates, particularly service learning. He also spoke with excitement about building relationships with others, including peers and faculty/staff. S— is looking at smaller schools as this is the type of environment he is looking for, rather than larger universities. He is looking for more of a laid-back, friendly, warm community and city. He is looking for a liberal arts education. I believe S— would be actively engaged at Bates, and a welcome addition. I believe Bates would be an excellent fit for him. He appears to be very hard working, a strong leader, insightful, enthusiastic, and eager to learn and grow as an individual. He also appears passionate about helping others through service learning and/or other means.

Sample Interview 2

Location: Starbucks, City, State
Date: February 7, 20XX

E— felt very comfortable in her own skin. She seems to have made the most of her time at her school. She did become frustrated with wealth and elitism and wanted a change of environment for a time. However, she found approaches to make her experience better. She plays volleyball, is one of two co-captains and is looking to play at the collegiate level. She is an outspoken leader that has a positive influence on teammates.

E— spoke in a very articulate and convincing fashion and her answers provided plenty of depth and insight. She is passionate about environmental science and is involved with it at various levels in her high school. E– was very well informed about Bates. She also has a strong interest in social justice and has done quite a bit of volunteering. She is the type of student that would be an ally for multicultural students on campus.

E— had a great experience doing a Mountain Semester last year and was involved in a variety of outdoor activities. She matured a lot from the experience and became a different person. She would make an excellent fit for Bates, but seemed really interested in trying something new by heading out west.

Sample Interview 3

Location: Pete’s Coffee, City, State
Date: 1/27/XX

I very much enjoyed my dialogue with this intelligent, understated and courteous gentleman – his attitude was genuinely winning and engaging.

He is a student athlete and Captain of the – Swimming Team.  J— said that he would intend to swim for Bates.  He plays tennis as well, but his real athletic aspirations lie in swimming and he is devoted with great discipline to this demanding sport.

At — High School, J— participates in an International Baccalaureate Arts Program, which he feels gives him an international perspective that he values.  He said that he intends at this point to participate in a Junior Year Abroad Program as an extension of this macro-view.  J— plans to engage in a pre-med program at college and then pursue a graduate degree in dentistry.

He had applied to B— for early decision. He spent summer vacations with his family on the Maine Coast.  He strikes me as a welcome addition to the Bates Community, as I feel that he would be active in the College.  J— reminds me quite a bit of my former roommate at Bates – a bright, understated, friendly but disciplined and quietly driven athlete.

Sample Interview 4

Location: Starbucks, City, State
Date: October 7, 20XX

L— and I met at Starbucks on Saturday, October 7.

She’s a nice enough person, but didn’t stand out in my mind in any particular way, and she didn’t have a lot to say about herself or anything in general.  It was one of those interviews that you struggle to get her to expand beyond any basics, so unfortunately we spent only about a half hour as part of the interview.

She’s looking mainly at New England colleges, She really likes Bates, and is planning on applying ED.  I tried to get a sense of Why Bates, and she didn’t really have a lot more to say other than, “it’s a great school,” “I liked the campus,” and “I know Sam” (Who I personally interviewed and really enjoyed talking to.)

I couldn’t get the sense of the type of grades and workload she’s taken at L- High School.  Spanish is her favorite course, and she liked learning about different cultures.  L— has traveled to Mexico (once), and did have an exchange student from Spain, abut that’s about it.

L—’s extracurriculars include cross country and track (longer distances.)  She does want to continue in college, but she lost an opportunity to tell me more about achievements/accomplishments, particularly since the L- High School XC and track teams are among the top programs in the area (all she said to me was that she was in the “top ten” on her team, which doesn’t tell me a lot.)  She’s been a camp counselor for a day program in the area, and did minor volunteering activities, but nothing really substantial that she wanted to elaborate on.

I’m not sure there’s a lot here to strongly recommend her to Bates.