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Hi, all! I initially intended this post for lessons learned about grad school interviews, since I'm about to have my first one this week, but I figure this post might be helpful all around. It might be nice to have the wisdom and experience of several people in one place. Some take-aways I've learned from both my experiences and my job (where I interact with well-regarded faculty in the scientist-practitioner realm). For context, this is my second time applying, and it went way smoother for me this time. Advice I've been given: Don't settle for a program you don't LOVE out of impatience or desperation - a good fit is key! Act excited and gracious whenever anyone reaches out/ in all interview situations Do your research on how the program is right for you and how you bring something valuable to benefit them, too Things I've learned along the way: Be as organized as possible when preparing to apply. A spreadsheet with the school name, due dates, "are official transcripts needed y/n", "date GRE scores were sent", "all letters uploaded y/n" was CRAZY helpful to me this time around. Be realistic about how much it will cost you - a conservative estimate is probably $100 per application (though often less) + plus the cost of sending transcripts when necessary ($10 a pop for me) + sending GRE scores (pretty much everyone wants official scores), + a small gift to your letter writers, only if you think it would be appropriate (I sent $10 Starbucks gift cards and thank yous to my letter writers and the grad students who helped them; it's my second time asking them to write on my behalf and I did 12 apps this time, so I felt a little guilty) Let me know what you guys think! I'd appreciate interview tips if you have them.