A reader asks: "I am having a graduate admissions interview - by phone. What do I do? What can I expect?"
An interview for admissions to graduate study - regardless of whether it's on campus or off - means that the admissions committee is interested in you. It's your opportunity to demonstrate your fit. The standard advice about interviews applies, but a phone interview adds a new dimension and challenge. Below are some tips for participating in phone interviews.
Tips for a Telephone Interview
- Keep formality in mind. A phone interview is an interview, not a chat over the phone.
- Focus on presenting a good impression at all times.
- Remember that your voice is all the interviewer has. There are no facial expressions and no hand gestures. Your voice is your sales tool - sound enthusiastic and interested.
- Try your best to avoid saying: "like," "'um," "ahh," and "you know."
- Don't use slang.
- Don't interrupt or talk over the interviewer.
- Smile - it carries over to your voice and the interviewer will hear your smile.
- If you're using a cell phone make sure that it is charged and that you're in a quiet place.