The book has a few generic attempts to add website info to the 1987 edition, but it remains terribly inadequate. A complete rewrite would have been a much better idea!
It still contains extremely bad advice, such as Chapter 16, "Questions to Ask your Interviewers", where it suggests asking:
- How would you characterize the majority of students?
If we're talking an alumnus interviewer who graduated 10 years ago, how could they possibly answer this
with any degree of accuracy??
- What region do the majority of students come from?
All the popular college guides (Barron's, US News) give the percentage of students from each region of the US
and abroad. And most of the college websites give this info as well. Why would you ask a question that any
simpleton should have known before showing up for the interview, and that the interviewer won't have
memorized in numerical detail to answer you?
- What are the percentages of students from cities, suburbs, rural areas, and small towns?
Some college websites give this type of info, but whether the website does or not, how in the world could
you expect the interviewer to have such detailed figures memorized just in case you'd ask this question?
- What religious clubs are on campus? Do they conduct activities?
The colleges all pretty much have comprehensive lists online of their clubs for religious groups,
minorities, and every special interest. Their activities are usually detailed on the web pages as well.
Why would you ask a question that shows you've been too lazy to peruse that section of their website
before this interview?
- What percentage of the student body is comprised of minorities? Do they have any clubs?
This data is detailed in all the popular college guide (Barron's, US News), and on many college
websites. Why would one reveal one's laziness or ignorance by asking an interviewer this question?
- What is the percentage of foreign students?
This is detailed in every popular college guide (Barron's, US News), as well as on every college's
website. Why reveal your laziness or ignorance by asking an interviewer this question?
You'd be much better off buying a book written in the past couple of years, but DEFINITELY DON'T BUY THIS ONE!