The Day of the Interview:From Tara Kuther, Ph.D.,Your Guide to GraduateSchool.Stay up to date!Arrive early (at least 15 minutes early).Dress appropriately – Look neat and professional. (No Jeans, T-shirts, shorts, etc.).Bring copies of your resume (or CV), papers, and/or presentations.Relax.Be yourself.Be honest.Be confident.Be friendly.Be polite. Shake hands with the interviewer or anyone else you meet during your visit.Address the interviewer by their title and name (e.g. Dr. Smith).Make eye-contact.Be respectful and courteous.Be alert and attentive. Remember to have an appropriate body posture. Body language can express a lot of different moods so make sure you look interested.Express your ideas and thoughts in a clear, intelligent, and straightforward manner.Demonstrate your interest in the school and program in a passionate and enthusiastic manner. Let the interviewer know that you are really interested in attending their school without stating it directly.Discuss your achievements.Discuss your goals (career and graduate school goals).Discuss flaws that exist on your academic record (without making excuses).Be consistent in your answers. (Additionally, make sure your answers on the application are consistent with your interview answers.)Ask intelligent questions. Knowledgeable and specific questions that show you have done your homework are a plus (e.g. questions about the school, program, or faculty).Ask for clarification if you don’t understand the questions.Sell yourself.Post-InterviewRelax.Remember to send a thank-you note/letter or email after the interview.Stay Optimistic.Use each interview experience to prepare for future interviews.