Monday, August 29, 2016

What Should You Expect In Your SAIS Application Interview

You should expect the interview to be evaluative as well as informative. This means your interviewer may assess any and everything from your intellectual curiosity to your professional acumen. Likewise, by asking your interviewer thoughtful and relevant questions, you may wish to use the interview as an opportunity to assess the program.

Among other topics, be prepared to discuss your goals, how a Johns Hopkins SAIS education will help propel you toward these goals, and what you uniquely might contribute to the SAIS community. Our advice is to prepare for this interview as you would any high-stakes interview, whether it be for a job or for entry into a prestigious fellowship program.

The second thing you should know is that your interviewer will be a current student. This does not mean you should expect the interview to be overly casual: professional or business casual dress is still recommended. What it does mean is that your interviewer will be someone who has experienced life at SAIS firsthand. It should be noted that we do not share any pieces of your application with your interviewer, so be prepared to provide a copy of your résumé or CV. If you interview in person, that means bringing along an additional hard copy. If you interview via Skype that means sending the résumé or CV digitally through Skype.

Slots for interviews are limited and, thus, we require interviewees to self-register at least one week in advance. Because interview slots fill up rather quickly, it is in your best interest to register as soon as you are certain of your availability. The registration calendar will be available on our website in the latter half of September. You do not need to start or submit an application in order to sign up for an interview.

  • Interviews can be held in-person or via Skype.
  • Interviews typically last 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Interviews are informative as well as evaluative in nature.
  • Your interviewer will be a current student.
  • Professional or business casual dress is recommended.
  • Slots for interviews are limited. Self-register here.
  • You do not need to start or submit an application in order to sign up for an interview.

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