As a staff, we place the most importance on the narrative evaluation. Oftentimes, your anecdotal comments provide information that expands upon statistical qualifications that appear in the file. The quantitative section of the interview is also considered in the admissions process, but we place less importance upon the numerical rankings than we do upon the narrative comments.
(See sample of the interview form and ratings guide below.)
4. ADDITIONAL QUALITIES
Is there any additional information we should know about the student? (e.g., family situation, time abroad, obstacles overcome, job, etc.)
5. MIDDLEBURY POTENTIAL
What will this student offer the College? How does s/he see her/himself on campus? Why does s/he want to come to Middlebury? What is his/her degree of familiarity with Middlebury?
Has the candidate visited Middlebury? Yes/No
How did the student learn of Middlebury?
The ratings are as follows: Below Average, Average, Good, Very Good, Excellent, Outstanding, One of the top few I have encountered.
6 – Excellent interview; student is clearly above and beyond our routine interviewees, offers ingredients to campus that would have a definite impact on others and on the quality of the institution; someone who would be known on campus and be a source of campus pride; a memorable individual.
5 – Very solid interview with qualities that show the student has fulfilled more than our standard expectations; carries the conversation in interesting ways, turns the interview into an asset to his/her candidacy; goes beyond merely responding to questions, showing either insight, depth, passion, reflection, wisdom, curiosity, or initiative; someone we’d be happy to have on campus.
4 – Standard interview; student would be a welcome presence on campus and a pleasant addition, but interview was not anything particularly out of the ordinary; student would be a solid citizen,
but no stand-out qualities are apparent; appears to be fairly typical of many of our applicants; a “pleasant” interview.
3 – Below average interview; student might contribute to campus in one sector or another but overall falls below our average student. While not representative of our average profile, the student is still academically engaged and/or community oriented.
2 – Poor interview; student is unlikely to add much to campus; interview was clearly underwhelming; student does not demonstrate a sufficient positive contribution to the vitality, depth, or breadth of the Middlebury community, either personally or intellectually; interview memorable mostly for its lack of appeal.
1 – Bad interview; student did not demonstrate any reason to admit; interview was a clear liability to his/her candidacy; student is not a contender in our pool; intellectual or personal qualities are lacking in ways obvious enough to seriously affect the committee’s assessment of the student’s candidacy here.
Completing The Alumni Interview Report Form
The Write Up
Once you have conducted the interview, it may be helpful to jot down your notes. When ready, log on to the website to submit your comments.
1. Go to the “See Assignments” tab on your "Member Home" page.
2. Find the student’s name on the list and click on the corresponding link to the “Interview Form.”
3. Both your ID and the student’s ID should be pre-populated into the system for you. If, for whatever reason, you were unable to meet with the student, please note that on the form. Feel free to add any additional comments in the “other” box.
4. Fill in the date of the interview.
5. We recommend that you type up your comments in a separate document, save, and then transfer them to the interview report.
6. The “Download Report” button allows you to save a Word version of your evaluation for your own files.
7. Before exiting the form you are required to enter ratings on Academic Depth/Passion, Extracurriculars and Personal before exiting the form.
8. Provide an overall rating. A link is provided to assist you with the ratings which span from a 1 (weak) to a 7 (strong) rating. IMPORTANT!! Please give a rating that is supported by your comments.
9. When complete, click the “Save Report” button. Also, it is a good idea to periodically “Save Report” as you are entering text.
10. When you are ready to submit the report, click “Complete report and submit to Admissions Office.” This will submit the report to the Admissions Office and your report will be marked “complete” on the “See Assignments” page.
After decisions are made at each stage (ED I, ED II, and RD), you will be able to access the results for those you interviewed 4 days after students learn of our decision. Please go to the “Member Decision List” link to find the list.