So you have an interview coming up? Cool, I bet you are wondering what to expect and what you can do to help you succeed.
Pre-Interview: Stand or sit in a power pose for at least 2 minutes prior to your interview. Studies have shown that power poses can decrease cortisol levels and increase confidence- giving you the edge to rock that interview!
Interview: be confident (but not over confident), shake hands, and make eye contact with everyone on the panel. SMILE!
Open/closed, behavior/ non-behavior interviews normally start with the ice breaker question”Tell us about yourself”. Think about what you would want a stranger to tell you if you were wanting to get a broad idea of who they are. Talk about where you are from, your interests, experiences, dedication, etc.
Interview Questions: These questions are meant to test your behavior to situations, and often times your inner personality. It is okay to take a moment and formulate an answerer to these questions, without answering immediately. It is also okay to ask your panel to repeat the questions.
Be sure to fully explain your rational behind answers; why you feel one way or another, why you would act one way or another etc. If you are presented with a question and you don’t know the answer don’t BS it, simply say, “I don’t know”. You will get more points for saying “I don’t know” then looking like a fool stumbling over yourself.
Many schools have closed interviews, so the panel that is interviewing you knows nothing about you, if there is something you are proud of (research, experience, etc) find ways to work this experience into your answers. They will often ask you questions that are uncomfortable, and leave you wondering whats the appropriate way to answer, don’t stress about these, take your time, and answer honestly. If they ask you about a negative quality about yourself, be able to turn your negatives into positives. Always end on a positive strong note!
Questions/Wrap Up: Research the school you are interviewing at before hand thoroughly so if something comes up during the interview you can ask an intelligent question at the end.
When you are done, shake each panelists hands again, and thank them for their time.