At Notre Dame we don’t offer on-campus interviews or alumni interviews so we really encourage students from mainland China to do a Vericant Interview. This allows you to show us your English skills…talk a little bit more about yourself and add a little dynamic part to your application.
McCallie uses Vericant interviews throughout the application process. They serve as a way for us to identify interested students early in the process. The interviews often give a starting point for additional conversations with a student as we are able to learn so much about their interests and hobbies even in 10-12 minutes. Finally, the Vericant Interview is a data point for English language proficiency and trajectory over time. If a student sits for an interview in August or September, we are able to compare that to our own notes from December and January.
The Chinese students applying to Ashville School are a diverse and talented group. Sometimes, this group is difficult to make sense of and evaluate. Vericant Interview helped us solve this problem. For schools, our time and resources are very limited. Vericant helped us greatly improve the efficiency of our assessment of students applying from China. In a sense, this is a huge improvement for our school itself.
We learn a great deal from a student’s application, from school reports and essays, and grades and scores on standardized testing. But often the single most important part of the application is the interview. Unlike some of the other aspects of the application, the interview is about what the student might become in the next three or four years at the school that they will attend. So we look for characteristics and personality qualities that we think will be a good match for our school.
As a school with a small international admissions team, Vericant provides an essential service in allowing us to effectively pre-screen a large candidate pool without having to dedicate significant resources to the process. We do not offer an ESL program at Virginia Episcopal School, so we require all candidates from China to submit a Vericant interview prior to moving forward with our application process. Vericant’s interview format and questioning style allow us to make an initial assessment of a student’s English competency to ensure that we are inviting those students who have a higher likelihood of success into our process. We also glean information about a candidate’s interests and hobbies, family, and past experiences from their Vericant interview that we will frequently reference in our formal one-on-one interviews. Without Vericant, our process would surely be much more labor-intensive, and our candidates’ admissions experience wouldn’t be as seamless as it is.