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I've been invited to interview at one of my top choices. In general I think that the acceptance rate post-interview is about 50-60%. However, my POI mentioned that only 3 people in my area are being invited to interview this year. I know that overanalyzing is bad but I can't help it...do you guys think this means I have a pretty good chance? I mean, if we are all accepted, they can't expect all of us to enroll and I'm sure they want at least 1 or 2 new students in this area. What do you guys think?

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I guess it all depends how much funding they have this year. I guess I just wouldn't get too cocky, yet. Be confident, because it's great you got the interview, but make sure you approach it like you are trying to show why you'd be the best fit of the 3.

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I agree with shana.teacher. It's quite possible they only invited 3 people to interview because they can only fund one... As long as you don't know for certain you are the only applicant still in the running- you should do your best to impress them. Trust me I know how much you need re-assurence. I'm in a somewhat similar position and just overanalize every little thing trying to explain to myself why this or that was a "sure" sign that I'm in... The best advice I got was to be very proud of myself that I made it this far, and use that as a motivation (basically what shana.teacher told you).

 

Good luck with your interview! 

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In my invitation to interview letter, they have said that they would like to invite us to visit the campus to get to know the faculty and potential classmates. It says that we will have personal interviews, but nothing more than that. This is my first interview. Are typical interview letters like this?

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This depends on the field, school, department and size, strength of the programs.. but generally I would say 30-70% are admitted.

 

For example, a large umbrella program I recently interviewed told us that they invited a total of 110 interviewers (over two different weekends), they would offer acceptances to 75, and they expected 30-35 to matriculate (accept the offer and attend the program). That's roughly a 70% acceptance rate!

 

Hope that helps

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