Who will be there and how long will it last?
Interviews usually have multiple candidates (up to four) and will last 20-25 minutes. The interviewers are usually two faculty members who teach in the EVMT program.
What is the purpose of the interview?
The purpose of the interview is to explore the fit between the program and your interests. We wish your interests to fit what EVMT offers and for you to make the right choice for your own interests, so the interview goes both ways. The interview explores your academic potential, motivation and suitability for the program.
What sorts of questions will I be asked?
The interview is discussion-based and predominately related to environment. The interviewers will ask questions to find an environmental topic where you can show your insight and knowledge. It’s important for you to remember that interviewers aren’t try to “catch you out”, but are trying to give you a chance to apply your knowledge and skills. You might find some of the questions quite challenging. They’re designed to encourage you to think for yourself and develop an argument or tackle a problem. Try to relax and do not expect to have a perfect answer.
You can ask questions too! Remember, asking a good question can leave just as much of an impression as how you answer a question.
What are the interviewers looking for?
We’re looking for informed enthusiasm and an ability to reason about environmental issues. We are interested in your motivations for study and for good communication and interpersonal skills. After all, environmental issues are all about change, and to change the world, we need to communicate.
How best to prepare for the interview?
Hopefully the interview is not something you need to specifically prepare for. It should be about who you are and your genuine interests. Try not to “overscript” and memorize a prepared speech. That is not useful.
What should I wear?
You’re not being assessed on your clothes or appearance so there’s no need to dress formally, and it’s not necessary to wear a suit. The best rule – be neat and tidy.