[QUOTE=manavi]Um ... thanks for the response. But, I was actually looking for one of two answers:
a) When a school requests an interview, they are looking for a reason to accept your application, or
b) when a school requests an interview, they are looking for a reason to reject your application.
And, of course, feel free to provide any information to support answering either a) or b).
Personally, I'm thinking they are looking for a reason to reject your application, since they obviously already have reasons to accept your application or else they wouldn't have called you for an interview.
Anyone else have an opinion?[/QUI
You have to look at it this way most applicants have relatively equal stats as fas a GRE's, GPA's ect. You cant think that just because you got an interview they are merely looking for something to cut you. They are lookig for both. I have seen applicants with 4.0's and great GRE's get cut b/c their interpersonal skills sucked, they chocked on the interview or they bombed the clinical part of at. I guess that would fall under selection B they found a reason to reject your admittance.
At the same time I have seen people with marginal GPA's, GRE's but charisma, great interpersonal skills and determination and smoked the clincal part of the interview be one of the first selection for admittance. Once you get the interview its all on you. Their are hundreds of peeps that have the same stats as you and want to get admitted just as badly as you. The pressure is on you to:
a) shine under duress, smoke the interview, make them like you and give them reasons why they should admit you.
b) not screw up and choke and come across as a total and incompetent wingnut giving them a reason to give you the boot.
Your one of two answers approach is the wrong way to look at it, believe me. Looking at it that way will def. get you the boot. They go into the interviews looking for:
a) for you to stand out above the other hundreds of applicants so they can actually remember you when they decide to send out offers
b) looking to see if they can choke you up, if you really no your crap or just stunting, looking to see if they can stump you and you can rebound from being stumped with a question you have no clue about.
Be confident, not cocky my friend.