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 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 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:

Admission Plan Deadline to Request Alumni Interview Deadline to Complete Alumni Interview Deadline to Complete On Campus Interview
Early Decision I  November 1, 2017  November 17, 2017  November 17, 2017
 Early Decision II  January 5, 2018  January 19, 2018  January 19, 2018
 Regular Decision  January 28, 2018 February 9, 2018  February 16, 2018
 Transfer  March 9, 2018 March 23, 2018  March 31, 2018