For those who are starting a similar journey into graduate school, I hope you find this post helpful. I know not every school requires an interview for admission, but I’m sure you understand my need to prepare for those that do. Especially when it’s a university right up there with the Ivy Leaguers…
Potential Interview Questions
Tell me about yourself.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Why did you choose your current career?
What do you know about our program? Why did you choose to apply to our program?
In what ways has your previous experience prepared you for graduate study in our program?
What do you believe the greatest challenge will be if you are accepted into this program?
In college, what courses did you enjoy the most? The least? Why?
What was the purpose of a research project you participated in and what was your role?
How would your professors describe you?
What are your hobbies?
Describe your greatest accomplishment.
What are your career goals? How will this program help you achieve your goals?
How do you intend to finance your education?
What skills do you bring to the program?
Why should we take you and not someone else?
Questions to ask your interviewer
What types of financial aid are offered and what criteria are used for choosing recipients?
Are there any scholarships or fellowships available? How do I apply?
Where are recent alumni employed?
How are mentoring and advising relationsips established? Are advisors assigned or chosen?
What characteristics are specific to this program and distinguish it from its competitors?
You better believe I typed up answers to each one of these and have been practicing them since last Friday. Wish me luck!