Friday, January 18, 2019

SAIS Europe: The interview

The rush to get your application in is over. You clicked the Submit button and you provided the documents we’ve asked of you. What’s next?

If anything is missing from your dossier you’ll get an email from our Admissions Office and, if you’re an applicant to SAIS Europe, you’ll have received an email asking you how you’d like to interview. Most applicants to SAIS Europe get to interview with a member of the Admissions Committee. We conduct interviews in person and over the phone or Skype. Whether in person, or over the phone or Skype, interviews have the same objectives and are carried in the same way.

The interview serves a number of purposes. We consider ourselves lucky to be able to speak to most of our candidates for admission – it is hard work and it requires a significant time investment— but we enjoy the opportunity to get to know our potential future students in greater detail.

For you, it’ll be a great way to put your best foot forward, to expand on your written dossier, and, not least of all, to ask any questions directly to a member of the Admissions Committee.

As with any interview, you want to prepare and make sure you give your best. But what exactly should you expect of the interview?

The goal of the interview is not to test what you know, but to see how you think. There will be questions aimed at understanding how you inform yourself about current national and/or international affairs, but you’re not expected to know everything. This said, you will need to know something and you’ll want to make sure you keep up to date with the most important latest news. Your interviewer will be interested in learning more about your intellectual interests and career goals.

The interview will be an opportunity for the interviewer (and for you) to assess whether or not the program you’ve applied for at Johns Hopkins SAIS is a good fit for you. A graduate education at Johns Hopkins SAIS requires a great level of investment and we want to make sure this is the right program for you and that it will be your best investment.

The conversation will last around 20-30 minutes and we are sure you will enjoy it. It will help you get more insights into our institution and programs and it will help us get to know you better.

If you have any questions, feel free to send us an email at

SAIS Europe Admissions