Interviews, Auditions & Portfolios
Interviews may or may not be required for graduate school admission. Medical schools generally require interviews, as do many business schools. Law schools, generally, do not interview for admission.
- Be prepared for the interview just as you would be prepared for a job interview.
- You must be able to explain to the interviewer why you are interested in that school and that particular program.
- Know what you want that individual or committee to know about you so you can present it in a logical manner.
- You may be asked for your thoughts on a controversial topic or may be asked to put yourself into a situation. In either case, they are not looking so much for you to have a “correct” answer, as they are interested in observing your thought processes.
- Schedule a mock interview with Career Services. This is an excellent opportunity to receive constructive feedback and experience the “feel” of an interview setting.
- It is advisable to send a thank you letter to your interviewer 24-48 hours after your interview.
Auditions & Portfolios
Graduate programs in music, theater, and dance will frequently require auditions; programs in art, architecture, journalism and other visual fields will often ask for portfolios.
- The purpose of both the audition and portfolio is to show your background and preparation in your chosen field.
- The admissions committee will also attempt to assess potential from these sources.
- In your portfolio, be sure to label each piece individually.
- The level of proficiency in an audition will vary according to whether your program is in performance or an area such as education.
- Check the policies of your preferred graduate schools so that you can prepare well in advance.
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