Interviewing for the Archer Fellowship Program
After the application deadline, finalists will be invited to interview with a committee of faculty and administrators from their home UT campus, and Archer Center staff. The Archer Center encourages you to prepare and practice for your interview and offers the following advice to all prospective fellows.
Selection for the Archer Fellowship Program is competitive, and interviews are a key factor in the application process. However, you don’t have to be a naturally gifted speaker to impress in your interview. A little preparation, practice, and our interview strategies and tips will help you deliver your best performance.
Mock interviews are an excellent way to polish your professional communication skills and build your confidence. We encourage you to contact your university’s career services office to schedule a mock interview. Also, visit our Practice page for more information about practicing for your Archer Fellowship Program interview.
Experiential and collaborative learning, camaraderie, and networking are integral to the Archer Fellow experience. Interviews help the selection committee understand the depths of your passion for policy as well as how and what you might contribute to class and workplace discussions. They also provide insights into your personality, professional, and interpersonal communication skills and how well you would represent the university. These guiding principles will help you present your best self.
A panel interview isn’t much different from a one-on-one interview. They follow the same format, require the same formalities in attire and communication, and evaluate candidates on the same criteria. The only real difference is that there will be more than one person critiquing how well you meet these criteria. Visit our Panel Interview page for tips to help you navigate the room with confidence.