How to excel in a graduate school admission interview

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Though a graduate school admission interview is not the main basis for the final decision for being accepted, conducting yourself properly during the interview is still important. Some universities do not even conduct graduate admissions interviews. However, you can decide to request one if you want to get to know the school better. Whatever the purpose, you must present yourself well to what may be your second home in the next two or three years of your life. Your interview may be a confirmation of your claims in your graduate admission essay.

Before the interview

  • If you have not been formally interviewed yet, read books on how you should present yourself.
  • You can visit the university’s website, or you can visit the university itself through a requested campus tour. This way, you get to know what to expect from the graduate school. Also, taking the initiative to know important information about the school says something about your determination to be accepted.
  • Know more about the degree you want to enroll into, and your possible instructors. You can find out about the faculty through an informal interview with current students or through reading their published articles.
  • Stage mock interviews with family or friends so can practice your verbal skills. Ask for feedback from your friends including answers that were unclear and unneccessary expressions that you exhibited.
  • Read your graduate school admission essay and find points that may be touched on during the interview.

During the meeting

  • Dress neatly and appropriately.
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol right before your interview. These can be detected by the interviewer especially if you will be seating near him or her.
  • For interviews in social settings, drink little or not at all.
  • Follow the rules of interviewing well. These include maintaining eye contact and displaying well-balanced self-confidence.
  • Make sure you discuss your compatibility with the school’s program.
  • Ask relevant questions that show your interest in the program.
  • Make sure what you say is consistent with what is written in your graduate admission essay.

After the interview

  • Immediately send follow-up thank you letters (or even emails), showing your appreciation for the interviewer’s time.
  • Politely ask for an update on the status of your application after a week or so.

Graduate-school specifics

  • Come to the interview early so that you can have time to assess different programs and universities.
  • Find out the situation of present graduate students in your targeted field of study.
  • Make sure you know how to justify your interest in your targeted field of study if your college degree is completely unrelated.Though a graduate school admission interview is not the main basis for the final decision for being accepted, conducting yourself properly during the interview is still important. Some universities do not even conduct graduate admissions interviews. However, you can decide to request one if you want to get to know the school better. Whatever the purpose, you must present yourself well to what may be your second home in the next two or three years of your life. Your interview may be a confirmation of your claims in your graduate admission essay.

Before the interview

  • If you have not been formally interviewed yet, read books on how you should present yourself.
  • You can visit the university’s website, or you can visit the university itself through a requested campus tour. This way, you get to know what to expect from the graduate school. Also, taking the initiative to know important information about the school says something about your determination to be accepted.
  • Know more about the degree you want to enroll into, and your possible instructors. You can find out about the faculty through an informal interview with current students or through reading their published articles.
  • Stage mock interviews with family or friends so can practice your verbal skills. Ask for feedback from your friends including answers that were unclear and unneccessary expressions that you exhibited.
  • Read your graduate school admission essay and find points that may be touched on during the interview.

During the meeting

  • Dress neatly and appropriately.
  • Do not smoke or drink alcohol right before your interview. These can be detected by the interviewer especially if you will be seating near him or her.
  • For interviews in social settings, drink little or not at all.
  • Follow the rules of interviewing well. These include maintaining eye contact and displaying well-balanced self-confidence.
  • Make sure you discuss your compatibility with the school’s program.
  • Ask relevant questions that show your interest in the program.
  • Make sure what you say is consistent with what is written in your graduate admission essay.

After the interview

  • Immediately send follow-up thank you letters (or even emails), showing your appreciation for the interviewer’s time.
  • Politely ask for an update on the status of your application after a week or so.

Graduate-school specifics

  • Come to the interview early so that you can have time to assess different programs and universities.
  • Find out the situation of present graduate students in your targeted field of study.
  • Make sure you know how to justify your interest in your targeted field of study if your college degree is completely unrelated.
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