It is that time of year where you need to dust off the pessimism from the ones that got away. Drop of that suit for dry cleaning and polish those shoes. Gear up for those interviews!
Remember maturity, interpersonal skills are all KEY in your interview. So what can you do to prepare?
Practice. Have someone you know who interviews all the time, do a mock interview. This will help you get feed back and get some nerves out. MORE importantly practice organizing your thoughts and expressing your self.
Think of things that you can ask them. Yes, everyone wants to get IN but you need to ask more questions to see if their program is going to help you be SUCCESSFUL. Plus by asking questions you show interest in their school and community. Which only helps you if you prepare or think about it before hand.
Learn about the school and the faculty and their research. This will help you know what questions to ask. Add your showing interest their work.
Be prepared. Gather all the needed information for your trip. Maps, any car rental conformation codes and addresses you might need. On paper and on your phone just in case. NOTHING would be worse that failing to meet your interview time because you got lost or didn't have the right building.
Plan to attend most of the interview weekend. The events have faculty and that means more opportunities to show yourself off. Plus lets face it you are a poor soon to be grad student, the food is nicer than the complimentary breakfast hotel fruit you stashed in your hotel room.
Pick out some conservative outfits or outfits that reflect maturity, professionalism, taste and your personality. What does that look like?
For a more formal and professional tend to stick mainly with a neutral color palette but you can add some color with accessories.
Bring or weare shoes that are comfortable enough to walk around a campus or take a tour.
Avoid ties and shirts that have more than 3 colors, have an image or scene of them or even words.
Knee length or longer dress or skirt with a blazer is great professional go to look for women.
Make sure you wear something that isn't to tight. Your outfit shouldn't have to be in the back of your mind in the interview. So if that suit hasn't been used since your great aunts funeral and it is a little snug then maybe you should get a new one.
Remember it is professional to send a thank-you email or letter. SO gather information to do so and write down some thoughts to make it more personable.