Some graduate and professional schools will grant an interview as part of the application process. The interview gives the admissions committee an opportunity to determine if you are a good fit for their programs.

The interview provides an excellent opportunity to "sell yourself." In addition, take this opportunity to discuss your qualifications, personal goals, and why you think you're a perfect match for them.

Here is some advice to help you make a strong impression during your personal interview:

  • Don't ask questions that are answered in the school's brochures or catalogs.
  • Be prepared to answer standard questions, such as "Why do you want to attend graduate school?" "What are your long-range goals?" and "What makes you believe that you will be successful in the program?"
  • Save the preferred school for last. If you have interviews at several schools, you'll improve your interviewing skills as you go along.
  • Follow up with a thank you note. It can be quite short, but mention something specific about the interview or your qualifications.