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Sample Grad School Interview Questions

  1. Why did you attend your undergraduate institution?
  2. What were your favorite courses at your undergraduate institution? Why?
  3. What books and newspapers do you read?
  4. What are your extracurricular activities?
  5. What do you do during the summer?
  6. What experiences led you to your career choice?
  7. What are your long-range goals?
  8. How do you see yourself ten years from now?
  9. What makes you believe that you will be successful in the program?
  10. What makes you a good candidate?
  11. Why do you think you are better suited for admission than your classmates?
  12. What appeals to you about our program?
  13. What do you plan to specialize in?
  14. What other schools have you applied to?
  15. Have you been interviewed or accepted at any other school?
  16. What do you think are the most pressing issues in this field?
  17. Describe any research project you've worked on at your undergraduate institution.
  18. How do you cope with frustrating situations?
  19. What will you do if you are not accepted?
  20. What factors influenced you to go to graduate school?
  21. How do you feel your undergraduate studies have prepared you for this program?
  22. What problems do expect to face while attending graduate school? How will you handle these?
  23. What contributions do you plan to make to the field?
  24. Tell me about a situation in which you took initiative.