Prepare for the Interview

If an interview is a required part of your application process, you will have the opportunity to reveal your communication skills, the depth and span of your knowledge, analytical abilities, thinking processes, and presence of mind.  You will likely be asked to defend your opinions and priorities.  Interviewers want to see how you respond to challenges and pressures, and will test your ability to apply your studies, interests, and experiences to broader contexts.

1. Be cognizant of current events and issues.  Have an opinion that you can support with specifics.

2. Review your application and materials from academic work so you can answer questions about specific courses you've taken.

3. Answer inteviewers succinctly.  Answer the question asked.  Use relevant examples so they can clarify or give depth to your answer.

4. Don’t attempt to answer questions about things that you don't feel comfortable tackling.  If you don’t know much about a particular topic, don’t launch into a discussion. 

5. Do not give an answer you think the interviewers want to hear that is not honest.  Interviewers will likely be able to tell if you're being disingenuous.

6. Try not to get flustered when you are unable to answer a question satisfactorily.    Acknowledging your limits and expressing a willingness to learn demonstrates maturity.

7. Always be professional and courteous.  Show your convictions but don’t alienate your interviewers with stubbornness.

For detailed in-depth tips to prepare for an interview, please also utilize the resources provided by the Career Development Center at their Interviewing Techniques webpage. In addition to the infomration and suggestions on their website, you may also take advantage of the opporunity to practice with a Mock Interview