Here are 10 PhD Interview tips that will simplify the process for you
Here are 10 PhD Interview tips that will simplify the process for you:
1. UNDERSTAND that the call for interview is a POSITIVE sign of interest from their end. You have impressed them with the written application, so give yourself a pat on the back. Pay utmost attention to the details specified in the invite email like: – Time of the interview (don’t confuse the zones) – Name of the members who will interview you – Whether or not a PPT is required – Any dress code?
2. Maintain consistency between the information provided in your application documents & what you say in the interview. They will assess if you are the same person as you project yourself on paper.
3. Prepare for questions related to any gaps in your CV. If you have low GPA or test scores, you must be prepared to defend yourself responsibly in case the need arises.
4. Equip yourself with the fundamental knowledge of your prior research & coursework. You might be asked technical questions like – Differences between similar terms and concepts – State of research in your field – Your favourite research project & why – How your coursework and prior research experience prepare you to conduct more advanced investigations in grad school. You can talk about the theoretical frameworks, methodology, equipment you have experience in.
5. Prepare to talk about your future professional plans & ensure to highlight how THIS program will form the bridge between where you are & where you want to go. Talk about the – Skills & knowledge you hope to derive – Personal qualities you wish to imbibe – Alumni of the program who inspire you to catapult to newer heights
6. Be prepared to talk about things lying beyond the purview of academia & research such as: – What do you bring to the culture of the program? – How will you adapt to the change in climate? – Alumni of the program who inspire you to catapult to newer heights – How do you plan to tackle the stress associated with graduate school? – Are you aware of the challenges related to immigration like visa & accommodation?
7. Prepare a few questions to ask the committee members to show that you’re curious about the program. You could ask: – What does the lab do to promote work-life balance? – What kind of learning opportunities will I get during the program? • Grant writing • Attending conferences • Publishing papers – How often do grad students socialise? Scope for initiating student clubs? – Questions to ask potential supervisor: • What is your mentorship style? • Do you have an open-door policy? • How often do students meet with you to discuss their progress?
8. Avoid any technical difficulties during the interview. Check your internet connectivity for a few days leading up to the interview at the specific location from where you’ll be speaking.
9. Get a good sleep the night before the interview.
10. Good luck