Yikes...glad I had no interviews to get into grad school

Thursday, July 25, 2013

This article describes a study in which researchers found that when there was an in-person interview, obese applicants were less likely to be accepted into graduate programs. When there was a phone interview or no interview at all, obese applicants were just as likely as non-obese students to get in.


I was definitely very obese when I applied for grad school....thank goodness they didn't interview me in person! Though of course they wouldn't have necessarily discriminated. But still. Even knowing that some programs do discriminate, intentionally or not - that's just awful. I mean, I know such discrimination happens when seeking employment, but when it comes to your education?? Somehow, maybe because grad school wasn't that long ago for me, that seems worse to me.

Some day, we'll get past these kinds of issues, right??
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    I have been on several interview committees for teachers, assistant principals, and principals. We are given usually the 6-7 final candidates' resumes. The higher-ups go strictly by the resumes or if a reference has called them up front. We look over the resumes and start the face-to-face interviews. I am always surprised when a resume doesn't look that impressive, but the candidate is fantastic. Of course, it has gone the other way too! The only time I don't want to give a candidate a face-to-face is when there are typos on the resume. You are in the education field, for pity's sake. At least have some people proofread it for you! emoticon
    2157 days ago
    To get into a school? REALLY? I cannot believe that they do this. It's ridiculous!
    2157 days ago
    Dude, I WANT an interview. On paper, I'm mediocre. I need face time to show people how awesome I am. I've only gotten a call back for jobs 4 times in my life but I got every job. I need an interview. I've already started emailing professors and asking if I can meet with them just to say O HAI and get some face time. The safety school I applied to didn't do interviews and I'm baffled. How can you know who to accept if you don't talk to everyone... you can't get a complete picture of someone based solely on an application.
    2159 days ago
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