Thursday, October 15, 2015

Preparing Your Application: Interviews

This is the third in a blog series discussing best practices for preparing your application for Johns Hopkins SAIS. Today, we'll be covering Interviews.

There are a few ways through which you can personalize your application, the first being the Statement of Purpose (which we will cover in a future blog post), and the second being the Interview.

Did you know that Johns Hopkins SAIS offers optional interviews for MA applicants to the DC campus, open MA applicants, and U.S. citizen MA applicants applying for SAIS Europe? We do! (Non-U.S. citizens applying for the MA in SAIS Europe will be contacted by the SAIS Europe for an interview after their application is submitted.) This is the third year we've offered optional interviews, which are conducted by current students. both on-campus and via Skype (for applicants who are unable to travel to Washington, D.C.).

Interviews are a great way to individualize your application, help your personal strengths shine, and stand out from the applicant pool. In other words: an interview makes your application more competitive. It also gives you the opportunity to demonstrate you have the professional focus and preparation to thrive at a place like Johns Hopkins SAIS, as well as the chance to show your interest in SAIS, and to learn more about the SAIS experience.

If you're applying for Fall 2016, you should plan to complete your interview as soon as possible. Interviews are only offered through early December, and interview slots fill up fast, especially the Skype options. So it's best to do it now before time--and space--runs out!

Fall 2016 applicants can sign up for an interview online using their MySAIS account.

And if you're coming to campus for an interview, get the full experience and sign up for a class visit as well! You can find register for a class visit using the same link above.

Thanks for reading!
Erin Skelly, Associate Director of Admissions

More in this series
Letters of Recommendation
Class Visits
Statement of Purpose
Standardized Tests
The Analytical Essay