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Mahesh Ramani
21 Aug 2015 16K 2 mins Share

Seven Blunders to Avoid During the Visa Interview

This article examines the seven top blunders that students make when appearing for the visa interview and also gives tips on how to ace the interview.

21 Aug 2015 16K 2 mins Share
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  Now that you have secured your offer of admission letter; the next important test that lies ahead is the ‘Student Visa Interview’. This article examines the seven top blunders that students make when appearing for the visa interview and also gives tips on how to ace the interview.

The Blunder List:

  • Missing the appointment - This may seem comical and downright ridiculous; but every year there are numerous instances of students getting confused with their interview time and date and missing the actual interview.
  • Not bringing all relevant documents - As part of the interview, applicants are supposed to bring a list of documents like the passport, conditional admission offer letter; bank-balance statement, etc. Ensure that you take all relevant documents arranged neatly in a folder on the interview date.
  • Dress sense - Dress well for the occasion in formal wear; do not go dressed in ‘gaudy or loud coloured’ clothing. The first thirty seconds are crucial when the interviewer looks at your dress. Men be well groomed; and trim your nails.
  • Lying - Do not fabricate tales during the interview; only speak the truth.
  • Arguing - Do not argue with the interviewer.
  • Being rude - Do not speak in a rude tone to the interviewer; speak in a calm manner and answer questions confidently. If you have trouble in understanding the interviewer; request the interviewer to repeat the question a bit slowly.
  • Being nervous - Self-confidence is the most important aspect; do not feel nervous or scared. If you have all relevant documents and answer the interviewer’s questions clearly; you are sure to clear the interview. Be prepared for the interview, remember the old adage - ‘If you fail to prepare; be prepared to fail.’
Now that we looked at the most common blunders that students commit at the visa interview; let us look at some tips and pointers, which will help you ace the visa interview.

Tips to Ace the Interview:

  • Be aware - Know the date and time of your interview-schedule; reach there well in advance of your appointment. 
  • Be organised - Carry all relevant documents arranged neatly in a plastic file or folder. If you need to submit attested copies of any document; carry them as well.
  • Your attitude - Your dress sense, body language and demeanour are all factors that the interviewer examines. Dress formally, groom yourself well, shoes / footwear should be polished and clean. Women are advised not to wear flashy jewellery. 
  • Communication - Face the interviewer confidently, look into his / her eyes directly and answer all questions clearly and politely. Do not rant / ramble unnecessarily and give your opinion on unwanted topics. All answers should be clear and to the point. In case, you do not understand any question, ask the interviewer to repeat the question.
  • Q-n-A - The questions that the interviewer will ask you will pertain to your academic aspirations and why you chose the specific institution. The interviewer may also ask you about your hobbies/interest, etc. Do not be flustered or nervous - just relax, smile and answer the questions effortlessly. 
You have cleared many a hurdle to secure admission in the institution and course of your choice. All the hard work that you have put in; right from your first board-exams to your college project; everything is put in perspective. Note that a twenty to thirty-minute interview will decide if you will be able to go abroad. Hence it is important that you do not take the student visa interview lightly; and you go fully prepared to face the questions posed by the interviewer.
All the very best for your visa interview!
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