研究生入学考试复试英语面试通常有两大环节：第一个环节是自我介绍或者读一篇考官指定的文章；第二个环节是问答，考官会问一些问题，要求考生用英文作答。在这一阶段，考官主要问一些常规问题，有些考官还会问一些随机问题。在回答问题时，建议考生采用“三步走”策略。先说一个主题句，表明自己的观点。其次，如果需要对问题展开分几点论述，则要用firstly, secondly(further/moreover), thirdly(in addition)等词逐条有逻辑地表述出来。然后，总结一下，例如“Due to/based on the above reasons/statements, I believe/I think…”，最终形成一个全面具体的回答。在本文中，老师就常考的一些常规问题为大家提供回答范例，供考生参考。
What is your undergraduate major? How do you like your major?
My major is economics. I like my major very much and I quite enjoy my learning journey for the past four years. That’s why I would like to go onto further studies in this area.
Why did you choose our university?
I choose Beijing Foreign Studies University because of the following reasons. Firstly, it has been my dream place for years as it owns the top quality facilities for language training and the best environment for conducting research in this area. Secondly, I could learn up-to-date knowledge and real world experience to get ready to launch into my chosen career after graduating. Therefore, I could receive a first-class education with a focus on practical skills and professional relevance, giving me excellence prospects for employment and career development.
3、How do you plan to study in your postgraduate program?
In my opinion, the study method is quite important for research. So firstly, I will choose a certain approach in my study area with your guidance. Then I will draw a pragmatic research plan and time schedule, as I hope that I can form a systematic view of my major. Thirdly, I would familiarize myself with the latest development of this area by reading books and journals. I do hope that I can get somewhere in this field. If necessary, I will continue my research and study to pursue a doctor’s degree.
Why do you change your major for your postgraduate study?
I change my major for two main reasons. One is that I am quite interested in economics. In my spare time, I often read books on economics, like An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations written by Adam Smith, Principles of Economics written by N.Gregory Mankiw, and Intermediate Microeconomics written by Hal Ronald Varian. The more I read those books and relevant articles, the more fascinated I’m in economics. The other is that economics is likely to bring more employment and development opportunities to me than psychology. That’s why I choose economics as my future domain.
If there were an opportunity of studying abroad, what would you do?
I would like to seize the opportunity for the following reasons. For one thing, I could enhance my overall knowledge and understanding of my subject while exposing myself to English and developing my intercultural skills. For another, I could increase my independence and self-confidence as well as widen my network of friends and future contacts.