Video Introduction and Video Interview

Video Introduction

Your Duke Engineering application includes a required video introduction in which you'll answer one question. The question prompt will be shown to you, and you will have at least 60 seconds of preparation time.

Note: If you have mutliple applications in our system, you may see mutiple questions. For the MEng application, use the question labeled Pratt. For an MS or PhD application, use the question labeled Engineering.

You do not have to use the entire time if you do not need that much.

You may start over once, but the question will change.

Please relax and know this is a nerve-wracking experience for everyone! It is only one part of your overall application and we are simply using it to get to know you better.


We may invite some candidates to interview before an admission decision can be posted.  Please note:

  • Interviews are offered by invitation only and are based on a thorough evaluation of your complete application.
  • You may not request an interview. Instead, selected applicants will be invited to interview and given instructions on moving forward in the interview process.
  • Interviews are conducted by staff members and are generally completed in the weeks prior to our decision notification date. See below for Interview Tips.
  • An interview does not guarantee admission.

While interviews allow us to learn more about you, they also give you the opportunity to learn more about Duke and see if this program is right for you. There will be time for your questions during the interview – use it!

Interview Tips

  1. Duke uses Slate Scheduler and Zoom to conduct video interviews.
  2. We suggest that you log in to the interview via computer. Mobile devices (e.g. phones) may not work as well.
  3. Video requires reliable internet access. Free and private wireless signals should not be used. An Ethernet cable can provide a clear connection. 
  4. We encourage you to use a headset with a microphone built in during the video interview. A headset will prevent background noise from overpowering your voice. You may find it helpful to mute yourself when you're not talking. 
  5. Check sound settings so that you’re ready when the interview starts. If you are using headphones with a microphone, make sure those components are selected over your computer’s default audio.
  6. Don’t let your computer die mid-question.  Charge your machine fully or plug it in during the interview.
  7. The access link for your interview can be found in your email.

Joining the Interview

You'll receive a link in your interview confirmation email. That link will connect you to the Zoom meeting. You may be placed in a waiting room, but you will be admitted to the session when the interview starts.

When you join the meeting successfully, be sure to Join With Computer Audio so that you can hear the interviewer and the interviewer can hear you.