Last winter during interview season, PEI got quite a bit of snow. By that, I mean we had the record-breaking winter in terms of snow fall for the island. This lead to many days where school wasn’t open, because transportation was dangerous at best. Many interviewees either couldn’t get on the island, or would get to the island and get stuck here. Interviews were rescheduled, and rescheduled again; it was a mess.
In order to prevent such disasters from happening again, AVC decided to do the interview day a little differently this year. All candidates were invited to the school for one mass interview day. All 73 applicants came on a Saturday, and a rotating schedule was set up. I was excited to be able to give tours for the first time and meet incoming international students.
Everyone arrived nervous and excited for a welcome speech to start the day. My group had their tour first, then their interviews. We then had lunch, so I had some time to talk to my applicants and their families after their interviews were over. When putting together interviewee groups, the admissions committee had tried matching students by where they lived or went to school. In my group, I had one girl from UVM who I’d known through a mutual friend, and two guys from Maine, one who turns out I’d worked with a while ago. It was great to get to know my future (hopefully!) colleagues. Later in the day, they had their personality-based computer test, and with a quick wrap-up speech, all the interviews were over! I think it went really well for this being our first time doing the interview day at AVC. It got interviews out of the way early for the applicants and negated any snow mishaps. It also was nice to have everyone there at once to put them on the same “playing field,” so to speak, and to meet a lot of applicants in one day.