Many graduate programs require in-person interviews for admissions, and the most dreaded question that comes up is the one at the end: “Do you have any questions for me?” Today we’ll be discussing the purpose of this question and offer up some example questions you can ask if you have trouble coming up with one on the spot.
Why do Interviewers Ask This Question?
First and foremost, the reason interviewers ask “Do you have any questions for us” is so that you have an opportunity to clarify anything that may not have made sense during your campus tour or interview. Clear up anything that might’ve confused you (curriculum, funding, etc.), but try not to ask questions that could easily be found on the school’s website.
The second reason for this question is for the interviewer to determine how much interest you have in the program/interviewer. Questions demonstrate interest and sincerity, so use this opportunity to show how in love you are with the program!
What Questions Should I Ask?
Take a look at some of the example questions below for ideas on what to ask your interviewer at the end!
- “What do you like most about [School Name/Department]?”
- “How did you choose to focus your research on [primary research topic]”
- “Is there anything you wish you could change about [School/Department]”
- “What challenges have you faced during your time as a professor?”
- “What do you think the biggest change to this field will be?”
- “Are there any advisers I should avoid?”
- Only ask this if you’re interviewing with a current student and you feel like you’ve built up a good rapport with him/her!
- “What advice do you have for new graduate students?”
- “What do you think most new graduate students should do, but don’t?”