Some admissions boards will ask potentials candidate to interview with their program. Be sure to investigate your schools of interest and find out whether or not this is the case. In situations where an interview is conducted, you will want to be prepared. Take time to research the curriculum and faculty, rehearse commonly asked questions, and make your best first impression. Be prepared to explain what it is specifically about that particular program that interests you. The interviewers will already know about you because they have read your application packet. This is the interviewers’ opportunity to observe how well you can organize and articulate your thoughts. Interviewers want you to perform at your best, just as you would want for yourself. Take deep breaths, feel comfortable asking questions if you need clarification, and remember how amazing you are because you have made it far enough to receive an interview for graduate school. Remember, this is also an opportunity for you to interview the university and make sure this is the right fit for you.
Sample Interview Questions:
Below are a sample of audiology specific commonly asked interview questions. A lot of information can be obtained by simply googling “graduate school interviews.”
- How did you become interested in audiology?
- Why do you want to be accepted to this program?
- What are you looking for in an audiology program?
- Why should this school pick you over other candidates?
- What area of audiology do you plan to specialize in? (It's okay not to know.)
- What three to five words would you use to describe yourself?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses? How do you plan to overcome your weaknesses?
- Do you have any related work/volunteer experiences to audiology or the field?
- How would you resolve conflict? Can you provide an example of how you’ve done this in the past?
- How do you balance volunteerism and school?
- What are your plans if you do not get into graduate school?
- Do you have reservations about committing to a four-year program?
- What types of volunteerism have you been involved in and how do you plan on using those experiences?
- What research areas are you interested in?
- Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Sample Questions to Ask:
During the interview, you will be given the opportunity to ask questions about the program. Use this opportunity to gauge is the program is a good fit for you and learn more about the program. Remember to refer to the “Questions to Ask Audiology Graduate Programs” on page 6 of this packet.
- What types of experiences will I get here? Specifically, what types of clinical experiences will I obtain?
- What is the timeline and process for the final decisions about the position?
- Tell me about your research opportunities with __ faculty member.
- Can I speak with current students about the program?
- What sets this program apart from other audiology graduate programs?
- What is the graduate rate from this program?
- What research projects have recent graduates completed?