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Sunday, March 24, 2013

SLP Interview Prep


For the past few years I have been an ASHA S.T.E.P. mentor to aspiring SLP's at the undergraduate and graduate level. Graduate school preparation is a frequently discussed topic. I often get asked to prepare my mentees for upcoming graduate school interviews. Recently, performed a mock interview (via video chat) with my mentee. Below are a list of questions that I used and wanted to share with you all:

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • If you're not accepted into graduate school, what are your plans?
  • What do you know about our program? 
  • Why did you choose to apply to our program?
  • What other schools are you considering?
  • In what ways have your previous experience prepared you for graduate study in our program?
  • What do you believe your greatest challenge will be if you are accepted into this program?
  • In college, what courses did you enjoy the most? The least? Why?
  • Describe any research project you've worked on.
  • How would your professors describe you?
  • How will you be able to make a contribution to this field?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • Explain a situation in which you had a conflict and how you resolved it. What would you do differently? Why?
  • Describe your greatest accomplishment. 
  • Tell me about your experience in this field. What was challenging? What was your contribution?
  • What are your career goals? How will this program help you achieve your goals?
  • What skills do you bring to the program? 
  • Why should we take you and not someone else?
  • What do you do in your spare time?
My mentee reported that the mock interview helped her  better prepare for the interviews she subsequently had. 

For those who have already been through the interview process, are there any other additional questions you think I should add to my list?


5 comments:

  1. I didn't have an interview for grad school, but as a grad student, I'd be interested to see some example job interview questions.

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  2. kapildev johnson IIIMarch 25, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    I found these questions to be very useful and this post to be very informative

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  3. I wish my mentor would be as helpful as you are. Thank you for sharing this

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  4. thanks! this is a comprehensive list and i will start thinking about answers to these questions. very relevant!

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  5. Prepping for SLP grad school interviews now, and this is so helpful! Thanks for sharing!

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