Two students speaking with one another; masked
Sep 16, 2021

Get to Know the Tuck Admissions Associates Program

Patricia Harrison

By Patricia Harrison
Co-Executive Director, Admissions and Financial Aid

The admissions interview is an important component of the Tuck application. While I have written elsewhere about how you can  prepare for your interview, many of you were curious to learn more about our second-year interviewers, Tuck Admissions Associates (TAAs). Below, I’ll answer some of the most frequently asked questions related to the TAA role.

 


How many interviewers does Tuck have?

Close to a third of Tuck’s first-year class applied for the T’22 TAA role. Following our selection process (outlined further below), we extended TAA offers to 47 T’22 students and saw an offer acceptance rate of 100 percent. All our current TAAs are second-year students.

What are the application components for the TAA role?

Students apply for this role in the spring of their first year at Tuck and are selected through a rigorous evaluation process. The application process includes:

  • Submitting a resume and a short essay.
  • Formally interviewing with a member of the graduating TAA class.
  • Conducting a mock interview.
  • Observing an interview and completing a report for evaluation by the admissions committee.

What do you look for when evaluating TAA candidates’ applications?

Through the resume and short essay answer, we get insight into the TAA candidates’ interviewing, decision-making, and writing skills. Members of the graduating TAA class interview potential TAAs to help us better understand each student’s motivation behind applying for the role, learn about how they have engaged at Tuck, how they express empathy for diverse experiences of others, how they remain objective and fair, and how they are encouraging. During the mock interview part of the application process, we observe the candidates’ interpersonal and communication skills, how they ask questions, and how they deal with high pressure conversations.

Following these initial stages of the evaluation process, TAA candidates observe an interview and complete an interview report for it. This exercise helps us further assess TAAs’ evaluative and written communication skills.

Through this evaluation, we select empathetic and curious interviewers who know how to ask questions to draw out your story, capture the information you share, and succinctly put in writing what they learn from you in the interview, illustrating how you are smart, accomplished, aware and encouraging.

What training process do the TAAs go through?

Once selections are announced to the Tuck community, incoming TAAs participate in a series of training exercises. Spring training consists of sessions with graduating second-year interviewers and admissions officers. The admissions team then works with the incoming TAAs over the summer, focusing on interview styles and flow (knowing when and how to ask follow-up questions), and interview evaluation and report-writing techniques. We also invite the Dartmouth Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity to facilitate an interactive discussion about cultural and implicit biases.

TAAs then shadow an interview conducted by an admissions officer, and officers shadow some of the TAAs’ early interviews. This part of the training focuses on conducting interviews and completing interview reports that show the admissions committee how you, the Tuck candidate, demonstrate our four admissions criteria, how you will contribute to our community, and how Tuck can help you thrive.

Do the TAAs have access to my entire application?

The only part of your application TAAs have access to is your resume. Using only your resume, they ask questions that draw out evidence of each of our four admissions criteria. If your interview was committee-initiated, TAAs will not know why we invited you to interview with us, or if there are any particular areas they should focus on; they approach all interviews with full discretion over the direction of the conversation, focusing on our admissions criteria and your story only.

Do the TAAs submit formal interview reports following the interviews?

Yes. Your interviewer listens to your answers and takes detailed notes. When submitting the report, they use an online interview report form, which includes open-ended text boxes that correspond to each of our four admissions criteria. The TAA reflects on your interview in its entirety, records evidence of our admissions criteria, professional impression, and verbal communication skills, synthesizes your candidacy and interview in a brief concluding paragraph, and selects their level of support on your candidacy based on your interview, ranging from champion to oppose.

Our TAAs take great pride in their role and understand the seriousness of it. They are enthusiastic about Tuck and invested in its future. TAAs are excited to learn from you and share what makes Tuck such a unique place.

Members of the T’22 TAA class draw from their own diverse backgrounds and experiences to achieve the same common goal—to select and enroll the best Tuck Class of 2024.

T’22 TAA Class Profile

Personal

Women 53%
U.S. Minorities 24%
International (including dual citizens, permanent residents) 40%
Countries represented by citizenship 13
Citizenship  
  U.S.A. and Canada 75%
  Asia 15%
  Europe 9%
  Latin America 6%

Academic

Undergraduate majors  
  Arts, humanities, social sciences 53%
  Science, technology, engineering, math 19%
  Business 26%
Previous advanced degrees 15%

Professional

Pre-MBA industry experience  
  Consulting 32%
  Financial services 21%
  Nonprofit, Government 17%
  Technology 11%
  Consumer goods, retail 6%
  Energy 6%
  Media, entertainment 4%
  Other 2%
Average months worked 65