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Interview Invitations Have Been Sent

February 5th, 2019 by Dr Ian Walker

We just now sent out our interview invites.  Thanks to UCAN, we are able to do this fairly efficiently after the committee approved the final lists last night.  All told, we will be interviewing 576 applicants, assuming everyone comes to their interview.  We do not keep an “interview waitlist”.  There were 977 (if memory serves) unsuccessful applicants, meaning that your chance of getting an interview were about 37%, which is only slightly better than last year.  This is mostly due to the increased number of spots this year.

The interview scheduler will open at 10 am Calgary time on Thursday.  You can make that process more efficient by going in and taking care of the confidentiality statement etc. now.  Our experience is that the desirable time slots tend to fill up in 60-90 seconds once the scheduler opens, so if you don’t have much flexibility about when you interview, you are going to want to be “on it.”  The interview this year will consist of two circuits.  One will be a “traditional MMI” circuit of 8 seven-minute stations.  The other will consist of two semi-structured two-person panel interviews, and a group activity station.  This is very similar to what we did last year, except that we added one station to the MMI circuit.

For those that were not fortunate enough to receive an interview, I would like to emphasize what I said in my letter and stress that this is really a reflection of the basic math inherent in a process that involves far more qualified candidates than there are positions.  While the file review is not without merit, and a certain amount of rigour, there is also some chance involved.  I would strongly encourage you to view this as an outcome of having been unlucky, not one of having been unworthy.  We sincerely wish you well with your other applications, and barring that, look forward to the opportunity to review your application again next year.

I look forward to meeting some of you in the weeks ahead.

 

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  • Dr. Walker,

    Is there a chance we could have an update on this waitlist please?

    Thanks

  • Hello Dr. Walker,

    I was wondering if you could provide us with any updates as to if the waitlist is moving yet or if you have an idea as to when it might start moving? Any information would be much appreciated.
    Thank you

  • Ah, someone else feeling the waitlist limbo too!

    Hopefully we get an update soon about offer uptake. I like the idea of knowing which quartile we’re in, but at the end of the day, I think this is about us waitlisters fundamentally wanting more than is perhaps useful.

    The uptake will be what the uptake will be, and apparently it can vary wildly. I wonder if any info beyond “on waitlist” really matters except for assuaging or exacerbating anxiety … but anxiety will be there no matter what.

  • Hello Dr. Walker,

    Thank your for your transparency of the application process. Have really appreciated all of the posts throughout the years. I have an idea of how to make the waitlist more bearable for those on it. Specifically, would it be fair to notify the applicant if they are in the top 1-25%, 26-50%, 51-75%, 76-100%? This way the applicant has a better understanding of where they fall on the waitlist as they wait but also does not allow them to know their exact ranking.

    Thanks again for all your hard work.

    • (Oops, accidentally posted what was meant as a reply as a main comment.)

      Ah, someone else feeling the waitlist limbo too!

      Hopefully we get an update soon about offer uptake. I like the idea of knowing which quartile we’re in, but at the end of the day, I think this is about us waitlisters fundamentally wanting more than is perhaps useful.

      The uptake will be what the uptake will be, and apparently it can vary wildly. I wonder if any info beyond “on waitlist” really matters except for assuaging or exacerbating anxiety … but anxiety will be there no matter what.

    • Thanks for the comment. Its an idea that has been repeatedly floated before. The problem is that it is a never ending process. If we do that, we will then get asked to tell people if they are in the top half or bottom half of their quartile, etc… Believe it or not, we have had to take the position we do (of not releasing place of the waitlist) because we have actually had people pretend to be other applicants who are above them on the waitlist and try to withdraw themselves, so that they can then move up.
      The one thing I will say is that we recognize that it is hard to be in limbo like this, and we will make every effort to notify people once it becomes clear that they are too low on the waitlist to have a reasonable chance of getting accepted this year. I expect that the first of those emails will go out shortly.

  • I had one of my verifiers contacted AFTER my offer of admission last year and it was for a Top 10 that was a periodic activity over many years, therefore looked odd on the application system that doesn’t allow this detail to be added.
    I had no other verifiers contacted (to my knowledge)

  • Hello,
    Would you be able to provide insight into the verification process? For instance, at this time of year, are verifiers chosen at random or are are they targeted? Also, why are verifiers contacted within weeks of offers being sent and not earlier? Are you only checking those applicants who are on the cusp of admission (wait-lister grey area)?
    Thank you for your time!

    • When were your verifiers contacted?

      • I had one of my verifiers contacted AFTER my offer of admission last year and it was for a Top 10 that was a periodic activity over many years, therefore looked odd on the application system that doesn’t allow this detail to be added.
        I had no other verifiers contacted (to my knowledge)

    • Bit of both. Its a time consuming process. We target some verifiers for activities that strike us as odd. We also start the process well before we know who is getting admitted and continue after the offers are made. While we are primarily interested in people who are getting an offer or being waitlisted, we also do a large number of random checks. Need to keep people honest, and sometimes discover things that we record and keep on file for future application cycles.

  • Hi Dr. Walker,

    I realize that you can’t say exactly when, but do you think it’s likely that admission decisions are likely to go out early like last year year (i.e. in April) or later like in previous years (i.e. towards the middle of May)? It’s less difficult waiting if we know it will be another couple of weeks.

    Thank you for any information that you’re able to provide.

  • Hey Dr. Walker,

    just wondering, what is meant by a group activity, and how is such a thing graded?

    Thanks!

  • Hello Dr. Walker,

    It might be too early for this question but are you able to say at this time approximately when we can expect offers to be sent out? First week of May maybe? Thank you!

  • Hi Dr. Walker,

    I was wondering if you could explain how the 85% minimum for in-province students works with OOP seat allocation. How are OOP students selected alongside IP students? I’ve read through the application manual but it is still unclear to me. Thank you for any help in advance!

    • There is no 85% minimum. Our rule is that a maximum of 15% of seats can be taken up by non-Albertans. It may be a distinction without a difference however. The reality is that we rarely, if ever, fill the 15% of seats for non-Albertans because the bulk of OOP applicants offered positions ultimately chose to attend elsewhere. when making offers, those go to the person on the list with the highest score, regardless of province of origin. Once the 15% non-Albertan limit is reached, the rest of the non-Albertans are removed from the waitlist and the remainder of the offers only go to Albertans.

  • The admissions team has just sent an email and they will be trying again tomorrow

  • Hasn’t opened for me either. Hopefully it gets rescheduled.

  • The schedule has not open yet for me either Megan

  • Is anyone else having trouble with the scheduler? It keeps saying that ‘The scheduler is closed’

  • Hi Dr. Walker, thank you for this update.

    Unfortunately, I didn’t get an interview, but I was wondering if scoring will be released to gain a better understanding as to why my application was unsuccessful.

    Thank you!