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  1. 1.

    Are you interested in opening your own clinic one day? What are your business aspirations?

      The interviewer wants to know about your future plans and if you have intentions of joining a existing practice, or starting your own. Be honest about your plans and desire for your career path.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "My ultimate goal would be to open my own practice one day, as I want to control the prices of my services and provide affordable speech pathology services to my community. I do have an entrepreneurial spirit so I feel that opening my own practice would scratch that itch as well."

  2. 2.

    How well do you think you have performed in this interview today?

      This question is a stress test! The interviewers simply want to know if you are happy with your performance in the interview. There is always room for improvement; however, you want to avoid picking your interview apart.

      If you feel the interview went well: "I feel that I was well prepared for the questions that you asked me today and am happy with my performance in this interview. Thank you for taking the time to meet with me today. Can I ask if there is anything I can clarify for you, or elaborate on, from today's conversation?"

      If you feel you could have performed better: "I feel that I was well prepared for the majority of the questions you have asked me today; however, I would like to clarify my answer on one particular point...." Then, return to the question you may have stumbled on and answer how you would have liked to the first time.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I feel that I was well prepared for the questions that you asked me today and am happy with my performance in this interview. Thank you for taking the time to meet with me today. Can I ask if there is anything I can clarify for you, or elaborate on, from today's conversation?"

  3. 3.

    How would you react if you discovered a classmate cheating?

      This honesty based question is meant to test your character and ability to deal with awkward or uncomfortable situations in a mature way.

      If you have found yourself in a situation like this, you can certainly draw on that situation for your reply. Be careful not to name any names, or throw anyone under the bus as you can rarely recover from unsavory behavior like that in an interview.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "In my opinion, an honorable person will do what is right even when nobody is looking. The speech pathology industry deserves only honorable graduates and so, for that reason, I would tell a superior if I found a classmate to be cheating."

  4. 4.

    At Kent State University we want students who have a true passion for speech pathology. What appeals to you most, about working in this field?

      The interviewers would like to understand what drives your pursuit of a career in speech pathology. Your core passion is what will keep you going on the toughest of days at Kent State University. For the interviewers to understand how to motivate you, they need to know what fires you up!

      It is okay to share a personal story when answering this question. Perhaps you can discuss what initiated your interested in attending school to begin with. Whatever drives you, make sure the interviewers can feel your passion!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "There are a number of factors that drive my passion for a career as a speech pathologist. If I had to pinpoint one main driver, I would say that helping others to communicate in the way they want, and need, is the most significant for me. Everyone deserves the gift of clear speech and communication. I plan to live that mantra by being the best at what I do, and giving my all to my patients, every day."

  5. 5.

    What achievement are you most proud of, so far, on your path to becoming a speech pathologist?

      The interviewers would like to know what areas of achievement are most important to you. Perhaps you have maintained an exceptional GPA or maybe you excelled in school while also working a part time job. Maybe you finished top of your class in your undergrad and received a special award for your achievements. Think of any accolades that you may have received along the way.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "The achievement that I am most proud of, so far, was completing my undergrad, top of my class. While maintaining very strong grades, I was also President of our school's Diversity Club, and I spent time volunteering at the local children's hospital."

  6. 6.

    What research did you conduct before choosing to apply to Kent State University?

      The interviewers want to know which considerations you put in before sending your application to Kent State University. What they really do not want to hear is that you blindly sent out a million applications, hoping that something would stick. Share with the interviewers the consideration you put into your application.

      Some methods of consideration could have been:

      - Talking to / interviewing alumni of Kent State University.
      - Attending an open house at Kent State University.
      - Extensive online research.
      - Researching who the most renowned graduates of Kent State University speech pathology program are.
      - Meeting with a career counselor and asking for recommendations.
      - Speaking with a current student at Kent State University, specifically someone in the program you are interested in.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I was sure to conduct a great deal of research before applying to Kent State University. I started by interviewing some alumni that I know, and I also spoke with a couple of your current students who are in the speech pathology program. Last year I attended the open house here as well. Your school left a very positive impression on me which is why I chose to apply here."

  7. 7.

    What is your favorite area of speech pathology so far? Why?

      By understanding your strongest areas of interest, the interviewers are able to predict which of the courses you will enjoy most at Kent State University, and how you will fit into their student population and culture. Talk about where your strongest interests currently are, when it comes to the field of speech pathology.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "At this point in my studies, I am most interested in Child Language Disorders as I have always had a passion for helping children. I bring a compassion that is required for that area of therapy. Also, the majority of my volunteer experience has been around children's issues."

  8. 8.

    What do you feel is the single most important quality a speech pathologist should possess?

      The interviewer wants to see that you have some insight into the desired qualities and characteristics of a speech pathologist. This is an opportunity to give a unique answer so try to dig deeper than "good communication skills" or "strong attention to detail".

      Some ideas for you:

      - Unrelenting drive
      - Desire for improvement
      - Accountability
      - Patience and Fortitude
      - Integrity
      - Optimism
      - Self Confidence

      Rachelle's Answer

      "good communication skills"

  9. 9.

    Tell us about your overall academic performance, so far. Where have you excelled, and where could you improve?

      The interviewers want to know how your bachelor's program has prepared you for obtaining your master's degree at Kent State University. Discuss what interested you the most, and where you had the biggest challenges. While attending undergraduate studies, you likely learned some core skills that would be transferable to your time at Kent State University.

      Think about what you learned:

      - Time Management
      - Creative Thinking
      - Proposal Writing
      - Public Speaking
      - Presentation Building
      - Independent Learning
      - Academic Research
      - Self-Motivation

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I am very proud of my achievements during my undergrad education. Those courses added so much value that I will bring to my master's program. My best courses included X, Y, and Z. I feel that I excelled in these because they are related to the speech pathology specialty I plan to end up in. As far as areas of improvement, I think that I can better myself in terms of time management. I overextended myself last semester with volunteer opportunities and my study time suffered slightly. Now that I have identified the reason behind my time management challenges, I will only see improvement, moving forward."

  10. 10.

    It is important that Kent State University exercises great discernment when choosing applicants. What is your plan if you are not accepted into our program this year?

      The interviewers want to know that you have thought out all options, and scenarios, in the event that you are not accepted to Kent State University.

      The way that you answer this question will also show the interviewers that you have an interest in the speech pathology field that goes deeper than your acceptance into their school.

      If you are not accepted, show that you will then take a different path as a speech pathology assistant, or researcher, for instance.

      Or, you can let the interviewers know that one rejection won't stop you at all! Talk about your plan to reapply, if rejected.

      Whatever the path you would choose, it's important you show the interviewers that you have confidence, and drive. It'll take more than one rejection to keep you down!

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Should I not be accepted into your school the first time, I plan to reapply the following year. I would take that year to upgrade any required courses and prepare an even stronger application. My life's goal is to become a speech pathologist and I certainly won't take one rejection as a final answer."

  11. 11.

    In your opinion, what is the most concerning issue facing speech pathologists today?

      Being an aspiring speech pathologist means that you need to take a keen interest in current events by closely following the challenges this industry faces. The interviewers want to see that your interest is deep and that you spend time learning, and understanding, the challenges you will face in your future career as a speech pathologist.

      Discuss what you feel to be a primary concerning issue, and be sure to ask the interviewers what they personally see as the most concerning issue in the speech pathology field today. This is an opportunity to start a very insightful conversation.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I feel that the most concerning issue in the speech pathology industry is the volume of case loads when working in the public sector. I have some industry colleagues who will have over 80 cases at one time. I think it would be great for participating universities to put a bigger emphasis on the SLP education path to attract additional program participants. What do you feel are the most concerning issues facing the medical industry today?"

  12. 12.

    Why should we accept you over another student with the same qualifications?

      The interviewers are looking for unique qualities and statements that make you stand out from the other students wishing to attend Kent State University.

      Put yourself in their position. You are looking at multiple talented candidates, all have stellar grades, all have drive, and all have potential to be renowned Kent State University alumni. What would be the primary reason to choose YOU over everyone else?

      Some things that make you a stand out candidate:

      - Recent volunteer work
      - An existing connection to the faculty or facility
      - A memorable and personal story of struggle and triumph
      - An unusual skill such as speaking multiple languages, or knowing sign language
      - An additional degree, diploma, or certification
      - Proof that you continually focus on personal and professional development

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I believe I am the strongest student for your speech pathology program because I am incredibly dedicated to my professional and personal development. Since beginning my undergraduate program I have committed to taking a personal development workshop twice per year. The topics have included communication, person-ability, multi-tasking, organization, and even persuasive writing. I plan to take these skills and apply them to my graduate studies as well."

  13. 13.

    At Kent State University we believe in the continual development of our students, both professionally and personally. What is your self-development plan?

      Having a self-development plan is incredibly important for anyone. The interviewers want to know what your plan is, and how attending Kent State University will be beneficial to that plan. If they are going to invest in you, they need to know that you have a plan in place for investing in yourself also.

      Some ideas for self-development:

      - Listening to an inspiring podcaster
      - Attending personal development workshops
      - Spending time volunteering in a capacity related to your career goals
      - Utilizing a mentor
      - Hiring a tutor
      - Learning another language
      - Reading books associated with success

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I agree that self-development is crucial for continual growth and achievement. I am committed to investing in myself and some of the ways I do this is by attending personal development workshops, and meeting with my mentor once per month."

  14. 14.

    Talk to us about your current GPA.

      Are you satisfied with your current GPA or would you change it if you could? Talk to the interviewers about your undergrad experience.

      If you were satisfied with your GPA: "I graduated top of my class and am very proud of my accomplishments during my undergraduate studies. The experience taught me to study hard and set attainable goals for myself."

      If you were not satisfied with your GPA: "I feel that my GPA could have been higher; however, I was working full time while attending classes. All in all, I did learn a lot about discipline and commitment."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I graduated top of my class and am very proud of my accomplishments during my undergraduate studies. The experience taught me to study hard and set attainable goals for myself."

  15. 15.

    What questions do you have for us about Kent State University?

      It is very important that you come to your interview prepared with questions for the interviewers at Kent State University. Having prepared questions shows the panel that you are keenly interested in what they do, specifically, at Kent State University.

      Remember that people like to talk about what they know! By having insightful questions prepared, you are setting the stage for the interviewers to tell you many important and helpful details about their process, and their educational facility. Keep the majority of your question academically related. Asking too much about the culture, social life, and extra-curricular activities may cause you to appear unfocused.

      Here are some ideas:

      - If you could give me any piece of advice, what would that be?

      - Is there anything in my application, or anything that I said in today's interview, that I can clarify for you?

      - What is the most important thing I should know about my first week at Kent State University, should I be accepted?

      - Can you tell me about some of the exciting opportunities I could take advantage of, should I attend Kent State University?

      - What do you feel is the most unique offering at Kent State University, compared to others in the area?

      Rachelle's Answer

      "I would love to learn more about this university, from your perspective. What is the biggest competitive edge Kent State University has over it's competitors?"

  16. 16.

    What do you know about Kent State University?

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  17. 17.

    Tell us about an area of weakness that you would like to improve on while attending Kent State University.

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  18. 18.

    Tell us something that we would not know about you from reading your CV.

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  19. 19.

    What are you reading right now?

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  20. 20.

    What other schools have you applied to and where does Kent State University rank?

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  21. 21.

    Which journals or publications do you read to stay in touch with new discoveries, and current events in the speech pathology industry?

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  22. 22.

    What is your opinion on socialized health care versus privatized health care?

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  23. 23.

    How do you respond to feedback and criticism? Describe a situation where your work was criticized. What was your immediate reaction to the situation?

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  24. 24.

    Who in your life mentors, or inspires you?

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  25. 25.

    When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?

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  26. 26.

    Once you graduate, how do you plan to continue educating yourself on new breakthroughs and therapeutic techniques?

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  27. 27.

    How does your family feel about you becoming a speech pathologist? Do you have a great deal of support?

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