This may be applicable to any of the following fields and more: Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Developmental Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, Toxicology, Genetics, Ecology and Evolution, Plant Biology, Microbiology, Virology, Neurosciences, Cancer Biology, Pathology, Physiology, Biophysics, etc.
- Hello, Tell us about yourself
Tip: Brevity is Key. You may discuss on your past or personal experiences, academic and possible professional achievements
- Why did you choose this field?
- Describe the research projects you worked on. Describe the purpose or goal of the project and your role in the project
Tip: Be brief. Prepare on your past and present research experience because Interviewers may get interested in your work and may start to ask very detailed questions. You may be asked difficult questions just to assess your level of knowledge in the research. Don’t be too detailed initially, give a basic outline, but if interviewer asks more questions you may delve into it a little more.
- Why did you choose to apply to our program or school?
Tip: Be genuine on why you chose the program. You can talk about the diversity or specificity of any type of research being done in this school, you can talk about their curriculum and how it fits you, etc.
- What are your research interests? What do you plan on researching?
Tip: It is ok if you do not know exactly what you want to research yet, but make sure that you describe some areas you are very interested in. Demonstrate some level of understanding in many research areas.
- Which faculty member(s) are you interested in working with?
Tip: Make sure you have ideas of the faculty member(s) work that interests you. Read on their research before the interview.
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Tip: Describe strengths that are relevant to science and scientific research such as strong analytical skills, critical thinking, etc.
- What are your career goals? How will you be able to reach your career goals?
Tip: Make sure that you describe career goals that are related to or required to pursuing the graduate study degree you are interviewing for. Even if you have a different goal that may not be related to the graduate study, don’t discuss this!
- What do you plan on doing after this graduate program?
Tip: Graduate schools in the biomedical sciences want students who are very motivated to carry out scientific research. It may be safe to consider stating that you plan on continuing research in some fashion, maybe by pursuing a PhD, teaching in high school or college, or working for a biotech or pharmaceutical company.
- How will you be able to make a contribution to this field?
Tip: You may consider research activities that may allow you in making contributions to the field. You may also consider teaching possibilities and other areas.
- Describe a situation where you had a conflict or issue and how you resolved it?
- What do you think may be your greatest challenge if you get accepted into this program?
Tip: Make sure you describe challenges that can be used as possible strengths or advantage. Describe challenges but also describe how you have taken important steps to face these challenges.
- Why should we take you and not someone else?
Tip: You basically want to sell yourself. Don’t get corky or overconfident. Be professional! You may consider research achievements, skills e.g. creativity, great attention to detail, etc and give examples of when you demonstrated this.
- What other Schools did you apply to? Why did you apply to these schools?
Tip: Make sure you reiterate how important this school’s graduate study program acceptance is important to you over other schools.
- Assuming you were not accepted to this program, what will you do? Or what will be your next plan?
Tip: It is important to explain that you will address the areas in your application that prevented you from being accepted and then re-apply. This shows commitment and the ability to persevere. You want to demonstrate to the school a strong commitment to the program.
- Do you have other interests besides this graduate study? Extracurricular activities?
Tip: What do you do besides reading? Show that you are well-versed in other activities. You may describe your hobbies.
- What do you do to relieve stress?
Tip: Try and have at least 1-2 questions to ask the interviewer. You can ask about the graduate school, students, etc.
NOTE: These are very relevant questions that may help in the interview. Questions may be asked in a random fashion. Questions not included on this page may be asked during the interview.