Can I Turn Down An Interview?

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Yes. But you probably shouldn’t turn down a grad school interview.
Next question……
Not a satisfying answer? Ok, we’ll elaborate.
Note: If you want to attend, but have another commitment, that’s a different post.

Fact: At any time, if you know that you have no interest in attending or cannot attend a program, it’s perfectly ok to turn down a grad school interview. In fact it’s incredibly polite and respectful of their time and resources. Not the mention the benefit it gives other applicants (who may be waitlisted). It’s not rude, and you shouldn’t feel bad about it.
If you’re going to turn down an interview invitation, let them know as soon as possible. The invitation will provide an email/phone number for the point of contact regarding the event. Thank them, and let them know that you appreciate the offer but would like to decline the interview (and any offer associated with it). If the interview was extended by a specific professor, the same goes. It can feel uncomfortable to say no to a professor but TRUST US, they’d rather you not waste their time. If you’re responding to a professor, a more personalized (but concise) response would be appropriate.
All that said, it’s still usually a bad call for most applicants to turn down grad school interviews. Even if you’re fairly certain you won’t attend. Getting to see another campus, meet different faculty, interact with different students, and hear about vastly different research is something you should take advantage of whenever possible. After all, that’s essentially what a conference is, right? Now we’re not saying you should try to scam a free trip out of a school if there is no way you’ll attend, but if you’re even slightly on the fence (and definitely if you haven’t heard back from everyone yet) it’s a good idea to try and see as many places as possible.
The experience might help you decide between two completely different schools, provide research direction, or solidify your decision to attend another program. At the very minimum you’ll hone your interview skills and meet some new people in a similar situation with whom to commiserate.
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Yes. But you probably shouldn’t turn down a grad school interview.
Next question……
Not a satisfying answer? Ok, we’ll elaborate.
Note: If you want to attend, but have another commitment, that’s a different post.

Fact: At any time, if you know that you have no interest in attending or cannot attend a program, it’s perfectly ok to turn down a grad school interview. In fact it’s incredibly polite and respectful of their time and resources. Not the mention the benefit it gives other applicants (who may be waitlisted). It’s not rude, and you shouldn’t feel bad about it.
If you’re going to turn down an interview invitation, let them know as soon as possible. The invitation will provide an email/phone number for the point of contact regarding the event. Thank them, and let them know that you appreciate the offer but would like to decline the interview (and any offer associated with it). If the interview was extended by a specific professor, the same goes. It can feel uncomfortable to say no to a professor but TRUST US, they’d rather you not waste their time. If you’re responding to a professor, a more personalized (but concise) response would be appropriate.
All that said, it’s still usually a bad call for most applicants to turn down grad school interviews. Even if you’re fairly certain you won’t attend. Getting to see another campus, meet different faculty, interact with different students, and hear about vastly different research is something you should take advantage of whenever possible. After all, that’s essentially what a conference is, right? Now we’re not saying you should try to scam a free trip out of a school if there is no way you’ll attend, but if you’re even slightly on the fence (and definitely if you haven’t heard back from everyone yet) it’s a good idea to try and see as many places as possible.
The experience might help you decide between two completely different schools, provide research direction, or solidify your decision to attend another program. At the very minimum you’ll hone your interview skills and meet some new people in a similar situation with whom to commiserate.
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