Graduate School Interview: Dos and Don'tsFrom Tara Kuther, Ph.D.,Your Guide to GraduateSchool.Stay up to date!If you have been asked to come in for an interview, then congratulations ongetting one step closer to being accepted into the program. The interview isthe final evaluation stage in the graduate school application process. Thus, itis essential that you come prepared and leave a lasting impression on theinterviewers. The purpose of the interview is to get to know the applicant morepersonally than what is displayed on paper. This is your chance to distinguishyourself from the other applicants and show the interviewer what makes you abetter candidate than the other applicants. In other words, why should you beaccepted into the program. Additionally, being granted an interview providesyou with the opportunity to explore the campus and its facilities, meetprofessors and other faculty members, ask questions, and evaluate the program. During the interview process, you are not the only one beingevaluated but you too are given the opportunity to evaluate the school and theprogram before you make a decision. Because the interview is often viewed as a stressful experience and manystudents walk in unprepared and do not follow the proper etiquette involved inan interview, it is highly advised that you read through the following do’s anddon’ts on an interview in order to have a better interview experience. Do:Pre-Interview:Be prepared.Make a list of strengths, achievements, and recognitions received.Know who your audience will be.Conduct research on the school, graduate program, and faculty before the interview.Find a list of common interview questions.Practice answering questions with friends, family, and graduate school advisors.Rehearse Answers.Expect the unexpected questions.Be ready to answer personal and thought-provoking questions.Have enough rest the night before.