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[Comments] (3) Interview me: It looks like I am going to be interviewed over the phone for at least one of the schools to which I applied. I know they will ask me about my dissertation, why I want to go to that school, how on earth I am going to research allied experiences in the Balkans if I can't read Serbian... stuff like that. I suppose the good thing about a phone interview is I can write out answers to questions I think they will ask and have it in front of me during. Does anyone else with experience in these matters have an idea of what else they might ask me?


Posted by Sumana at Thu Feb 01 2007 04:40

Don't forget "tell me about yourself" and "where do you see yourself in 5 years."

Posted by s at Thu Feb 01 2007 21:11

Good luck Rachel. =)

Posted by Michelle Barr at Sat Feb 03 2007 09:33

Just stumbled over your blog on my friends computer. Wierd huh? Hope you are doing well. I wish you the best of luck on the interview. I did a telephone interview and got into the school (though I chose to go to another). So, telephone interviews are great. Just remember not to say 'umm' too much and I am pos you will be great.

They are def going to want to know your background in the subject and will want specifics (i.e. plan of attack, methodologies). Be prepared to answer the reason why you became interested in the subject (even if you already stated it in the app - just refresh their memory) and know the gaps in research in the area you are interested in. They will want to know that you plan to fill at least one of these gaps with your original research. It would be great to bring up one or more published authors on your subject (if there are any) and describe how their material impressed you, etc. so they have a reference as to where you are headed. They also want to make sure that they can accomodate your interests, so stay as broad as possible.

Well, like I said before, good luck and I wish you all the best. -Your old friend Meesh :)

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