I have often wondered that if perhaps the interview is not as important as the rest of us think after all, many a rep. has shared that very thought with me. Still my own belief is that maybe the interview won't guarantee an acceptance but, it can find you cut form the list pretty quickly. For example, a client I had a few years back had an alumni interview set up which we role played. During the role play sessions she spoke so softly reflecting her very, very shy personality. I would ask her questions such as - what are your strengths, what are you weaknesses, why do you want to come to......, can you tell me about a project you worked on and found great satisfaction in, which class has influenced the most, etc. This particular client barely responded to each question.We talked about the dangers of not fully responding to questions; the importance of sharing yourself, the things that make you up, with an alumni. Needless to say, the interview for this client was a disaster. The alumni fellow was very easy going, completely non threatening, reassuring to her, light questions but still, he could barely hear her speak and the responses were very often yes or no or better still, I don't know. hen she shared the experience with me, I knew she was not going to be accepted. Her grades and test scores were great so that on paper, she was a perfect match but, her shyness which had followed her throughout life, was very pronounced during the interview. This individual shared nothing about themselves, offered no reason why she really wanted to go to the school, could not say anything particular about her favorite class. So no, she was not accepted. The interview would not have guaranteed her acceptance but it did, have her cut from the list. Role play the interview as often as you. The more familiar you are and comfortable you are, talking about yourself and asking questions about the institution, the stronger of a candidate you will appear. Also, be sure to research the school itself so you can speak with confidence about some of their programs allowing yourself to shine even more brightly - quick note: I would leave the ripped up jeans home for this meeting - no ties needed just a simple, well put together outfit, presenting yourself as one that cares so much about the interview, about the school that, you want to put your best foot forward. Good Luck!