Psi Chi�s Guide to the Application Process by bm69jY9


									Psi Chi’s Guide to the
 Application Process
      What are they looking for?
   Self Confidence           Motivation
   Initiative                Enthusiasm
   Interpersonal Skills      Organizational Skills
   Assertiveness             Intelligence
   Ability to Handle         Flexibility
    Pressure                  Oral and Written
   Leadership potential       Communication Skills
        So how do I prepare?
 You have to think about yourself and what
 you have to offer a school before you
 arrive at your interview.
 Self-Assessment
     Reflect on your skills and abilities
     Practice interviewing
 Research     the Graduate School
     Learn about the graduate program, their
      philosophy, faculty and reputation of the
     Prepare a few questions to ask the
      interviewer once reviewing information to
      learn more about the program
                    Interview Day
   Verify basics:
       Time, date, location, and directions for your interview.
   Stock your portfolio with extra copies of:
       Resume on bond paper
 Plan what you will wear and ask for advice if
  uncertain about appropriate professional attire.
 Arrive early and take care of a few basics:
       Go to the restroom, get a drink, and dry your hands if
        you have sweaty palms.
             During the Interview
   Introduction
       Greet your interviewer(s) with a firm handshake, good
        eye contact, and a smile.
       Wait until you are asked to be seated and then sit
       Let the interviewer lead you into the process: usually
        a question or comment about your trip or the weather
        will be used to help you get comfortable and relax.
       The interviewer then may explain how he/she plans to
        conduct the interview.
 Body    of the interview:
     The interviewer will ask you questions
      regarding your interests, skills, and abilities
       • Use specific examples
     The interviewer will also evaluate your
      nonverbal communication
       • Maintain good eye contact, listen closely to the
         question, don't move nervously (such as shifting in
         your seat, playing with a ring on your finger,
         tapping your foot)
   Closing of interview:
       You will be given an opportunity to ask questions
         • DO NOT ask something that you should have known from
           doing some basic research on the program
         • DO NOT ask WIIFM (What's in it for me) questions until you
           have an offer!
       The interviewer might tell you what the next step in
        the process is and when you can expect to hear from
        them again
         • If not, ask "what is the next step in your selection process?"
       Again a firm handshake to conclude the interview and
        thank the interviewer for his/her time and request a
        business card.
            After the Interview
 Self   Analysis
     Reflect on the interview.
     What did you do well?
     What do you want to improve on in your next
             After the Interview…
   Follow Up With Graduate School
       Write a thank you letter to the interviewer(s) which is
        personalized recalling something the interviewer
        shared with you that you appreciated.
       If you have not heard from the graduate school within
        the time frame mentioned during the interview,
        recontact the interviewer by letter. Express your
        continued interest and indicate that you are looking
        forward to hearing from them again soon.
          After the Interview…
 Follow   up Continued….
     If you receive a rejection and you were very
      interested in the program, a follow up letter
      expressing disappointment is appropriate.
     Also express your continued interest and
      emphasize skills you could contribute if
      openings become available in the future.
    Some reasons why interviewees
            are rejected
 Poor personal appearance.
 Being late for the interview.
 Lack of questions about the program.
 Lack of confidence and poise.
 Lack of tact, maturity.
 Little sense of humor.
 Lack of knowledge of field.
 Low moral standards.
 Lazy.
 Intolerant. Has strong prejudices.
 Narrow interests.
 Inability to take criticism.
     Rejection reasons continued
   Lack of interest and enthusiasm.
   Lack of solid career planning.
   Goals and objectives are vague.
   No insight into the nature of the graduate school.
   Failure to maintain appropriate eye contact with the
   Overbearing, overaggressive, "know-it-all“ attitude.
   Inability to express oneself clearly. Poor volume, diction,
    or grammar.
   Complains or speaks poorly about past
    employers/positions, or past faculty interactions.
Now onto Some Sample Questions
     Personal Skills/Strengths
 Tell me about yourself
 What is your strongest personal asset?
 What are your strengths and weaknesses
  as a student?
 What would one of your
  friends/teachers/supervisors say about
        Academic Experiences
 Why  did you major in _________?
 Why did you choose to attend
  ___________ College/University?
 When did you choose to enter this
  occupational field and why?
 How did you make the decision to apply to
  our program?
     Extracurricular Activities
 What  is the most significant contribution
  you have made to your school?
 What activities do you enjoy most outside
  of the classroom?
 Do you have any hobbies or outside
 Tell me about any volunteer experiences
  in which you have participated.
 What  challenges do you think you might
  face in the graduate program?
 What would you say is an area in which
  you need improvement?
 What would you change about yourself
  and why?
 What skills or abilities do you hope to
  strengthen through our program?
 What  has motivated you to pursue this
  academic field?
 What are your short-term and long-term
 Why do you want a graduate degree in
 How do you see this program fitting into
  your career goals?
 Tell me about a situation in which you
  showed initiative.
 Tell me about a group in which you were
  involved. How did you contribute to make
  this group achieve a goal?
 Tell me about a time you assumed a
  leadership role.
 Tell me how you handle stress.
     Specific Field Questions
 What   do you believe to be the major
  trends in your intended career field at this
 What is the most important development in
  this field over the past 25 years, and why?
Questions Applicants Might Ask
        an Interviewer
   What characteristics distinguish this program
    from others in the same academic field?
   How long does it take typically to complete the
   Where are recent alumni employed?
   What do most graduates do after graduation?
   What types of financial aid are offered?
   What criteria are used for choosing recipients?
   What opportunities are available through the
    program to gain practical work experience?

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