Attend 1st Round interview over a wait list interview?

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Drpee
Attend 1st Round interview over a wait list interview?

 I was wondering. I have received an offer to interview from a program where I was on a wait list.So, obviously, I was not in their top 60 offers to interview.If I go, I will have to give up an interview with a program where I was chosen in the first round.From what I understand, the files are already "sort of" ranked when you get to the interview.QUESTION: Is it better strategy-wise to interview with the program where you were picked in the first round? I would prefer interviewing with the program that had me on their wait list but it seems that my odds of getting in are much lower. Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated. Dr. Pee

Edited by: nicky on 05/11/2015 - 19:51 Reason: Updated by FeedsNodeProcessor
Tropicana100
1st round invites indicates

1st round invites indicates strong interest and your chances of matching there are probably higher than at a place that pulls you off a waitlist.  Probably not worth changing unless the new invite is also a 1st round invite IMO.

panamishe
I think there are a number of

I think there are a number of factors to consider...1) do you have enough invites to risk it?2) is the program you are considering dropping one that you would rank low?3) is the wait list program a top tier school that will probably get their top choice applicants?4) do you have anyone with connections to the wait list program that could call and advocate for you?5) is this wait list program one of your dream programs that you would forever regret not interviewing at?6) do you interview well/do you have an outgoing personality that you think could move you up on the wait list program's rank list?And, does the first round program have another interview date you could go on? Good luck!

leprechaun
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panamishe wrote:
I think there are a number of factors to consider...1) do you have enough invites to risk it?2) is the program you are considering dropping one that you would rank low?3) is the wait list program a top tier school that will probably get their top choice applicants?4) do you have anyone with connections to the wait list program that could call and advocate for you?5) is this wait list program one of your dream programs that you would forever regret not interviewing at?6) do you interview well/do you have an outgoing personality that you think could move you up on the wait list program's rank list?And, does the first round program have another interview date you could go on? Good luck!
What an excellent reply.  The only thing I'd add is that many programs seriously consider fit, perceived future happiness, and likelihood of matching a candidate (in addition to Step, AOA/grades, research, publications, etc.) when extending invitations.  Per several chairs I've spoken to, their interviewed candidates are often very, very similar on paper and a lot of head scratching occurs at ranking meetings. This is where local family, a professional connection, a sincere thank you note, a second look, or other demonstrated interest in the program can serve to move you from #20 to #12.That said, unless it's a dream program AND the other is going to be low on your list AND you have double-digit interviews, I'd not risk it.