What are questions to ask graduate students during interviews?
by Ben Vincent is excellent, and highlights the topics to ask
graduate students in different years of their PhDs.
by Mallory Ladd also has a great list.
My lovely labmate Lizzie suggested the following questions:
- What are the lab working hours?
- How often do you see your supervisor?
- Do you work directly with your supervisor?
- How does authorship work on papers?
- How often do people publish?
- How soon do people publish?
The fantastic Dr. Kovacikova suggested the following:
- how students interact with each other, what do they think about the school / program / mentors / peers
- interaction between teachers and students
- quality of support stuff (administration mainly)
- what schools provide for you
- possibility to branch out of the established system (join research with other departments or schools)
- look into funding / possibility to get independently funded
- health / sport / fun activities
Additional things I tended to ask:
- What do you do on weekends?
- What kind of activities do you do outside lab?
- How does funding work?
- Do people teach more than the minimum requirements?
- Do people do science public outreach?
- Are you friends with your labmates?
- Where do you work every day?
- What's something bad and something good about your life right now?
Have fun! Talking to graduate students is a great experience
no matter what you ask them.