APPLICANT QUESTIONS

Q: I just received an invitation to interview at a program, but I’ve already accepted another invitation for the same day. What should I do?
A It is both courteous and professional to give as much notice as possible to the program for which you are cancelling. That allows the program to reach out to another applicant in hopes of filling the vacancy.

Q: What should I do if I receive an invitation to schedule my interview prior do the date set forth by ACAPS?
A: You should not respond to the invitation prior to the date set forth by ACAPS. You can notify us and report the program as this is a violation of the ACAPS policy.

Q: Should I accept an interview invitation that is offered prior to the date set forth by ACAPS?
A: No, this is a violation of the ACAPS policy.

Q: Is it acceptable to send “THANK YOU” notes to the program or my interviewers?
A: If you want to express your gratitude to the program or the coordinator, you may send a ‘Thank You’ note. However, ‘Thank you’ notes will not be shared with the faculty or interviewers.

Q: If I feel very strongly about a program, should I have my mentor contact the program to reiterate my interest?
A: Because this varies from program to program, ACAPS does not have a policy on mentors contacting programs.

Q: I didn't get a first-round invitation to interview with a program. Does that mean I won’t get an invitation from them at all this season?
A: That is not necessarily the case. As the interview season develops, applicant cancellations occur, thus creating a vacant interview spot. If you’ve applied to a program, they may contact you to fill the vacant spot.

Q: I've applied to a program, but I’ve not received a response about the status of my application. Should I contact them?
A: Because this varies from program to program, ACAPS does not have a policy on contacting programs.

COORDINATOR QUESTION

Q: Can I extend the first-round interview invitation to 40 people in hopes to fill our 30 interview slots right away?
A: If you only have 30 interview slots, you can only invite up to 30 people. You can invite more people to fill your vacancies at the conclusion of the first round.