If you have questions before, during, or after the interview, don't be afraid to ask them. For example, one student explained, "If I hadn't called ahead to ask about suitable attire, I never would have known that the school I visited didn't want me to wear a tie, let alone a suit or jacket of any kind."
- Carefully consider your questions because they reveal a lot about you.
- Don't ask too many.
- Bundle your questions into one email rather than overwhelm the admissions committee or support staff with multiple emails.
- For logistical help with things like directions, what to wear, where to stay, and so on, contact support staff (the department secretaries and aides) or other designated contacts before emailing faculty.
- Save contact with faculty for questions regarding program content, research, and academic work.
Prepare questions for during the interview. Research the faculty and program and prepare a few questions that you might ask everyone as well as questions intended for specific faculty. Applicants who don't ask any questions might be viewed as complacent or even uninterested.