Applying to Grad school is another important milestone to step. Getting an interview does not mean that you are in, so it is important not to take the interview lightly. Here are some tips that will help you prepare for your next grad school interview efficiently.
1. Learn about the program and faculty.
When you go and sit in a room with a faculty member, you want to make sure you are familiar with the line of work they do. Not only you want to be familiar with their interests , and with what makes them tick, but you also want to know as much as you can about the program. Learn what it offers, what kind of training you would be doing, and what kind of skills it requires.
2. Look presentable
Looking the look is not “shallow” when you are planning for a career change. If you are applying for a PhD in Shakespearean studies or Molecular Neurobiology, you want to look presentable but also add a personal twist to your look that says: I am all about the iambic pentameter, or all about those microtubules !
3. Prepare, but not too much
You do want to prepare and rehearse your interview, but do not over do it. Necessarily, you want to keep that authenticity and genuine air that cannot be rehearsed. Remember, you want to know what you talk about but you also need to be able to improvise in case a question throws you off your comfort zone. You cannot fully predict what will happen!
4. Ask questions
You will have the opportunity to ask questions during your interview. Anticipate asking smart questions that you can prepare before hand. You want to sound thoughtful and respectful. Avoid asking questions that are not research or program related, and make sure reflect your research related interest.
5. Argue your case
You can be a very talented and wonderful student and still not get into grad school. The reason is simply because professors are looking for “fits”. Argue your case: tell the interviewer why you are a good fit for them specifically, why this program, and not any other program is very important for you to achieve your research goals?
Grad school is an important decision in continuing education and preparing for it is difficult and stressful. Know that yo have made it this far, and for you to have gotten here, it must have taken lots of work and dedication. Believe in yourself no matter what the end result is!