Today we’ll be following up last week’s post with questions we commonly see on the interview trail. Take a look at these and make sure you have solid, complete answers to these questions! You don’t want to be blindsided by one of these during your interview!
- “Tell me about your research project”
- “Tell me about a time when you had to overcome adversity”
- “Tell me about a time when you had to work with a difficult group of people”
- “What surprised you most about your time as an undergrad?”
- “Why do you want to go into this field?”
- “Tell me about yourself”
- “How would your friends describe you?”
- “What is your greatest strength?”
- “Name some of your weaknesses”
- “What did you enjoy most about your college/university”
- “What do you plan on doing with this graduate degree?”
- “Tell me about a time you lead a group”
- “Why should we choose you?”
This last question is perhaps the most important here. You want to make sure you have your “elevator pitch” down solid because you will almost certainly be asked this question. Be able to summarize your strengths and why a school should choose you in a concise manner. You want this pitch to convey your academic prowess as well as why you would be a good fit with the school/department.