- Graduate School
- Introduction to the Graduate School
- Why is it needed?
- How Affordable Is It
- The Many Myth-Busters
- Doing Research about Graduate School
- Introduction to Graduate School Research
- Identifying the Subject Best Fit For You
- Masters or Ph.D.?
- Qualities of a Successful Ph.D. Student
- Accordingly Identify the School
- How Many Schools to Apply?
- The Different Variables to Be Worked Out
- The Application for Graduate School
- Starting Your Application
- The Application Process
- How Does the Application Process Work?
- What Are People Looking For In Your Application?
- Picking the Right University and the Right Professor
- The Right Professor Is the Most Important Factor
- Few Questions You Need To Ask Of a Professor
- Parts of a Graduate School Application
- Things to Keep In Mind
- The Resume: The Importance of A Powerful One
- Writing Effective Statement of Purpose
- The Importance of an Important and Compelling Essay
- Personal Interviews
- Introduction to Interviews
- Do's In an Interview
- Don’ts in an Interview
- After The Interview
- Accepting an Offer
- Rejecting an Offer
- Preparing For Financials
- You Are In… What Now… The Road Ahead…
- Make an Estimate of the Fixed Costs
- Do You Qualify For a Need-Based Aid?
- How to Apply For the Need-Based Aid
- How Is the Aid Awarded?
- Non-Need-Based Aid
- Other Ways to Pay for Your Degree:
- What If You Fall Short
- Other Brooding Points
- International Students
- International Students Guidelines
- Few Not-So Important Critical Points
- Summing Up Admission Process
- Why Is Graduate School Important?
- Life in the Big League: A Graduate Student
- Different Schools for Different Programs
Introduction to INTERVIEWS
The personal interviews are essentially the last step, and all your preparation, all the intricate details that you have covered while filling in your application form, everything boils down to how to fare in the face-to-face personal interview. It is an opportunity to prove that you have qualities which makes you different than the others. By this stage you have the confidence, you know things about you which you believe is unique in many aspects. And if everything adds up just as we have discussed so far, you should saunter into the interview room with an air of confidence. And you will not afraid; on the contrary, you are well-prepared and eager to stamp your final authority.
Preparation for the interview becomes very important, you do not want to appear like a person who has mentioned big achievements on paper, only to sit tight-lipped in front of the interview panel.
Hence, we recommend you to read all the details that you have furnished in your application form, so that there is continuity in what you have written and what you will speak.
Prepare your own questions (questions that you believe might be asked) and try answering them without blabbering. When you were researching about different schools, you must have come across different ideals and ethos followed by each one of them. Go back to the website again, and check their policies for interviews.
Few tentative questions that might be asked: (and the answers you should give)
- Tell us about yourself: While answering this, be careful not to underwhelm yourself by saying, “I do not consider myself to be any special”. This might backfire. On the contrary use this as an opportunity to highlight your best accomplishments. Be careful however not go on and on, and keep the answer short, crisp and effective.
- What about the negative traits that you possess: Do not search for an ideal answer and do not be naïve so to speak and say that you have none. Pause for some time, think about it and mention few traits that are less than ideal, but offer solace that you are bull-minded and will improve on them.
- What aroused your interest in this program and are you well-suited for it: When you are answering this question, make a reference to your under-graduate program and cite a continuation in the interest that led to this choice. Also, make a mention that this program panders to many of your personal inclinations as well.
- What is your career goal, and where do you see yourself in the next 10 years: This should be a fairly straightforward answer, and frame your answer in such a way that the examiner is convinced that you have specific plans, and do not provide vague and stereotypical answers like: I want to grow, or I want to extract maximum out of my potential. These answers will leave the examiner very unimpressed.
- How do we believe you are the right candidate for this program: If the research and homework which you have done is true and extensive, this question will ram home the advantage. With your answer, try to integrate the interests which you have mentioned with the specifics of the program.
A normal interview spans for about 30-35 minutes. In the cases where the interview is extended beyond this time-frame, it means that the panel is interested in your candidature.