Many programs require an interview prior to gaining
admission. These can take many forms, from one-on-one conversations, to group
interviews, or phone interviews. As with professional interviews,
graduate school interviews are typically about fit within the program and if
you have the skills and abilities the program requires.
* Be prepared that if you are asked
to interview for a program, you will be responsible for covering your own
travel expenses. This helps programs weed out who isn’t serious about
attending. Only in exceptional circumstances do programs help with travel
expenses or allow you to interview via phone.
Review your application, faculty in the program, their
interests and how those interests align with your research interests. Think
about what makes you a good fit for the program. Think about what makes you
unique from other candidates and what you will offer the program. Prepare
program specific questions to ask during the interview.
Career Center can assist you with practice interviews for graduate school. Call
303-556-2250 to schedule one.
During the Interview:
Remain calm and answer questions thoroughly.
Bring a copy of your resume or CV.
Address your audience with their appropriate
Be prepared to discuss your research interests
and coping with stress of
pursuing a graduate degree.
If there is a social component to your interview
(lunch or dinner out,
graduate student mixer), remember that you are still
being evaluated at
Remember this is your time to interview the program
too. Make sure
that it’s a good fit for you.
Ask current students for their thoughts on the
program. What do they
love? What causes them stress? How much faculty support
Focus on your strengths, versus your weaknesses.
Most importantly, be yourself!
After the Interview
Email letters are acceptable.
Reiterate your strengths and your passion for
the field and how
they fit within the program.
Send one to every person you interviewed with, if
If you do not hear about
acceptance into the program by the date given to you,
follow-up with the
admissions office or the specific program.