I did an interview for painting in Yale last year.
It was pretty straight forward. You do a faculty interview first (you are not told who until the day) and then a student interview second. You choose one work that they reserve for a final salon hang of all interviewees. The format was "you said this in your statement, what exactly did you mean by that?" "what work have you brought and why?" and "which work will you choose for final selection viewing and why?". That kind of thing really. I gather that seventy odd applied, and I was one of the disappointed who did not suit what they felt would bind well together. If you are shortlisted, they like your work, you just have to suit the rest of the selection and sell why you would fit in well, why you would add to the debate, that your work will develop and you allow for intelligent crtique. I gather Yale, with Robert Storr as head, is all about peer synergy. It's painting department allows for some interdisciplinary diversification, but your departments don't mix. I would suggest a focus on painting description, honesty and seriousness. I showed a short film I was working on and ran through shows I was working towards. They always ask a confrontational question to see how you react. I took apart the question I was asked as it was confrontational for confrontation sake, which was met with silence, so perhaps don't do that.
Anybody have any experience with Hunter interviews or Columbia?
Yale - rejected with a big why did you reapply and I thought yeah, why.
Hunter - interview.
Columbia - no news.