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I did mock interviews with Prof. Barry Rothman for a Harvard University doctoral program. My biggest fears were that (1) I did not know what questions to expect; (2) I had no idea how to structure my answers in an efficient manner; and (3) I suffered from a little anxiety about the interview and hence needed to prepare psychologically, as well. Prof. Rothman was very quick to get back to me after I submitted my request on Accepted.com. On our first call, we went through my entire graduate application and some of the questions the interviewers may ask. During that call, I was taken aback by how valuable Prof. Rothman's input was. He helped me address my known fears head on and more importantly, he mentored me on certain elements I to improve on that I was not aware of. As the saying goes, you don't know what you don't know.
The second call was the official mock interview, during which Prof. Rothman asked some of the questions we discussed on our previous call to test my preparation. However, he also had some questions that we did not discuss at all, and I was surprised by my ability to answer those too. Not only did this help calm my nerves, but it also was a fantastic way to test my adaptability to interview variability, making sure I stay focused on telling my story as a strong candidate for the program, and that I was steering clear from regurgitating memorized answers. Last but not least, Prof. Rothman is super friendly, highly experienced, and genuinely cared about my success for the interview. I am happy to say that because of his mentorship, my interview was a huge success!