Interview Tips

Image by Freepik

What to wear

  • Whatever makes you feel comfortable and confident!
  • If you’re having trouble deciding some options are:
    • skirt or pant-suit with a nice blouse
  • Personal tip: Wear either flat shoes or comfortable heels, I was so nervous when I interviewed the last thing I wanted to have on my mind was my feet hurting
  • TIP: if you wear a jacket–on the back of jackets there is sometimes a little “x” that is usually made out of thread…cut this off so your jacket will be able to move around a bit more!

How to style your hair

  • Any style you feel most comfortable with
  • I did some loose curls, I have long hair and knew a ponytail or bun would be too difficult to keep nice and neat–also I didn’t want to give myself a headache

Make-up + jewelry

  • Be yourself; you want to feel confident! 
  • I wore my normal jewelry (necklace, rings, earrings-I have 3 piercings in each ear and I left them all in)

Things you can do beforehand to prepare

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Eat a good meal
  • Drink water, talking a lot sometimes makes your throat dry
  • Look up exactly where you need to go and leave early just in case
    • Keep in mind you have to find parking and the building
  • Print out copies of your resume
  • Prepare questions to ask them
    • This means you need to take time before your interview to look up that program so you can ask anything you’re interested in or have concerns about
    • What I did for grad school interviews was that I thought of 2 questions that were important to me that I asked at every interview and then had specific questions for programs after doing research.

Commonly asked questions

  • Why do you want to go here?
  • What are your research/clinical interests?
  • How will you contribute to our program?
  • What are your short-term and long-term career goals?
  • What do you see as the major trends in your field of study?
  • Tell me about a time you achieved a significant accomplishment?
  • Lists some of your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Tell me about your hobbies and interests.
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why did you choose our program?
  • What experiences have you had to prepare you for this program?
  • If you are accepted to another program, how will you decide between programs?
  • Tell me about a recent volunteer experience.
  • What questions do you have for me?

Random tips

  • Be yourself, don’t be too nervous cause this might mess you up!
  • Answer honestly, if you don’t know how to respond to something ask them for a second to think and then get back to them.
  • Try your best to not compare yourself to others.
  • If you’re doing a group interview don’t always be the first to answer but also don’t always be the last, mix it up!
  • Remember your why–in moments where you feel very nervous or overwhelmed it might help to remind yourself why you are going through all of this.

YOU GOT THIS!

Vanessa Stefanny Zamora
Speech Language Pathologist | Website | + posts

Leave a Reply