Following are some tips you'll want to know about:
A. Be Neat. Your appearance is important. A conservative,
modest suit is a good choice of what to wear.
B. Be Punctual. Punctuality demonstrates courtesy to the interviewer. It also reflects your professional character. If there is a valid reason for being late , call and let the interviewer know your situation.
Committee interviews are usually held in the faculty or
professional person's office. Know where it is before planning
your day. You will receive a letter from the advising office
informing you of the date, time and place for your committee
C. Meet the interviewer with a firm, friendly handshake.
Maintain comfortable eye contact and body
D. Pronunciation of Names. Pronounce the interviewer's name
correctly. Ask to have it repeated if you're not certain.
E. Eye Contact. Maintain eye contact when speaking to or
being spoken to. Eye contact is reflective of being assertive and
self-confident. This is particularly important while discussing your
personal attributes, skills, interests, and abilities.
F. Be assertive, but not aggressive. When asked a general
question, be prepared to take the lead and highlight specific
G. Give examples. Substantiate your skills with specific
H. Be precise. Avoid the "I want to work with
I. Be honest. If you can't answer that question, say so -
with an explanation.
J. Don't volunteer negative information about yourself or
others. If asked about weaknesses, answer truthfully , then show how
you are making efforts to overcome weaknesses. Highlight your
K. Avoid the "uh", "ah", "you know", "well", problem.
L. Hands. Feel free to gesture with your hands. you may
fold them on the table or in your lap. Do not use them to prop
your chin. This often applies pressure to the jaw and inhibits lucid
M. Prepare a Question. Quite often, applicants are asked if they have any questions. In terms of strategy, it may be worthwhile to form one or two questions just in case! Such questions may be:
1. What do you consider to be the salient features of your school and its curriculum?
2. How is my application processed after this interview?
(You should develop some of your own.)
N. When the interviewer ends your meeting, leave with a warm
handshake and a THANK YOU. You should also write a short
thank-you note to at least one person in each school that you
interview. You may have a general thank you formulated on your
computer before the interview. After the interview, add somethin
specific about your meeting and mail it the same day. You may
be one in a hundred people thoughtful enough to do so.
You are on your way to a successful interview. Keep in mind that
you are prepared. Practice relaxation!
I am eager to hear about your interview experiences. Please share them with me when you return. Good Luck!