Graduate School Interviews

Preparing well in advance for your graduate school interviews can make the process go a lot smoother and alleviate a lot of stress, which could help you perform better. You'll go in knowing you've done all you can to get ready, and that boost of confidence may be the edge you need.

Do Your Homework

A thorough understanding of the school and what it has to offer demonstrates you care enough to take the time to do your research. Before your graduate school interview, make sure you're familiar with any and all of the information available about the school, the program you're applying to and the interview process itself. For example, you may want to research the following:

  • School culture and values
  • Program milestones and accomplishments
  • Faculty you'll be learning from
  • Student population
  • Resources and opportunities offered

Anticipate the Questions

Dedicate some time to preparing for what you might be asked in your graduate school interview. If you're lucky, you might be able to find out about the kinds of things they might ask you. For example, you could talk to people who have interviewed there before, read about the process online or even get in touch with admissions or alumni of the program.

But if that information isn't available, you can still get ready. Here is a list of top interview questions and how to answer some of the more tricky/complex questions.