Depending on the Graduate School, an interview may be expected. Prepare for possible questions using this guide.

About Yourself

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • How do you handle difficult people/situations?
  • How do you deal with stress?
  • What has been your proudest personal accomplishment?
  • How would your professors describe you?
  • What was the last book you read (that isn’t required for class)?
  • What do you do in your free time?

About the Program

  • Why do you want to be a ______?
  • What do you plan to specialize in?
  • Why did you choose our school/program?
  • What others schools have you applied to? Where does our school fit in your ranking?
  • Why do you believe you will be successful in our program?
  • What makes you different from other applicants?
  • What will you do to best maintain success in the program?

About Your Academic Experience

  • Tell me more about your research.
  • What has been your most influential experience in shaping yourself as a future _?
  • What has been your proudest moment in school so far?
  • What has been your favorite/most difficult class?

About Your Career Goals

  • Where do you see yourself ten years from now?
  • How will you define success in your future?
  • How would you most like to contribute to the field?

Additional Questions to Prepare to Answer

  • Ethical related questions with how you would handle a situation
  • What will you do if you don’t get in?
  • Situational based questions where you need to describe how you would handle a situation
  • Current events relating to the profession/program