Practice your responses, try not to fidget, and make direct eye contact as much as possible
To avoid sounding scripted, make bullet point lists of the things you want to cover in the answers of questions you are anticipating and practice stringing them together in different ways
Remember that interviews are also your chance to get to know a program, so make sure to have a few questions ready to ask!
If you are asked a question you weren’t prepared to answer, don’t panic. You are allowed to take a few brief moments to consider and plan your response before answering.
Remember that the interviewers may also be assessing things like how you react to questions, non-verbal communication, warmth, poise, and other communication techniques to get a sense of how you might be as a genetic counselor.
Many programs encourage the current genetic counseling students to meet the applicants. Be friendly, and remember that this is part of the interview process too, so try to make a good impression.
It’s ok to say you’re nervous, but don’t forget to smile! Let your enthusiasm come through!