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Sample Interview Questions

Consider these questions when preparing for internship or graduate school interviews.

  • How did you choose this field?
  • What are your research interests?
  • Why do you see yourself as a good candidate for this department?
  • What do you see yourself doing ten years from now?
  • What do you consider your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
  • How do you account for your weaknesses? (e.g., lower test scores, lower GPA)
  • Why should we choose you over other applicants we have met today?
  • Why do you want to work in this field?
  • What extracurricular activities are you involved in? How do they play a factor in your life?
  • What do you think you could offer this field?
  • What theoretical/research/philosophical approaches do you identify with in this field?

Graduate School-specific Questions

  • Why would you choose this university over other universities?
  • What do you know about this program?
  • What have you learned from your undergraduate studies to prepare you for graduate or professional school?
  • What faculty members are you most interested in working with and why?
  • How are you going to balance the requirements of this program with the other areas in your life?
  • If you had to pick a topic for a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation, what might it be?
  • What do you expect from this department?
  • What other schools have you applied to?
  • What will you do if not accepted?