Contributed by: Julia Bissessar
It’s that time of year: interview season!
I find that, even with studying for tests, that trying to guess or anticipate what questions you may be asked will help you prepare for your interview. Here are a few questions that may come up:
o Why do you want to attend this school/program?
o What do you think makes you a strong candidate for this program?
o Why do you want to enter this profession?
o What would you plan to do after graduating from this program? What are your goals?
o What are your weaknesses/areas of growth?
o When was a time you were challenged? How did you overcome/deal with this hardship?
o What skills do you possess that would help you in your future career?
o What current knowledge do you possess about this field?
o How would you define this field?
While you definitely don’t want to be reading any possible answers off a piece of paper or sound too rehearsed, it’s good to keep in mind the key points that can help you answer any questions thrown your way. In addition, you want to think of unique answers that shine you in the best light.
For example, if you’re pursuing a career in music therapy, I’m sure every interviewer has heard the reason “I like music and want to help others.” But what drives you to help others? Perhaps a sick relative or a childhood illness? A keen interest in healthcare or biology? Why music therapy and not music education? Looking inward on why you want to pursue a certain field of practice can be a very personal thing, but this reflection can get to the root of what drives you and why you want to dedicate your time, money, and energy into pursuing graduate school in this field.
It’s also wise to read up on the program and field you’re wishing to pursue. In my case, Laurier provided me with a few music psychotherapy articles and directed me to Voices, an online music therapy journal full of interesting reads on the field of music therapy, music therapy practices, and case studies.
Most importantly: RELAX! Try not to be too nervous or tense during your interview. Make sure that you’re prepared with some water and that there’s nothing in your teeth. Take some calming breaths, say some affirmations, and remind yourself that these interviewers just want to get to know you. They have seen your application, CV, and audition, and just want to acquaint themselves with you. The better you prepare beforehand, the better you will do in your interview.
Best of luck!