So the university abroad has grabbed your heart, and you need to get admit from it very badly. Apart from your achievements and qualifications, a university admission interview determines more than half your chances of getting in – the way you present yourself and how you impress the interview board can determine your chances of getting admit from that university. So how do you prepare yourself and make sure that you have a really big chance of making it through? How do you know for sure that the interview would give you the best chance of getting an admission? How do you know if your presentation is going to impress your interviewers or is it going to depress them?
What you need is a plan! It is true that you should use your honest initiatives and play smart in such situations, but it is always better to have a slight idea of what you want to say and what they want to hear before you step into that room. So being prepared will prove no harm at all.
Before you face the university admission interview, we suggest you do the following:
Ask questions? To yourself!
So first we’ll give you a glimpse of a couple of common questions that a lot of people have who try to figure out their answers. The first and most general question that a lot of people ask is ‘How to prepare?’
Please remember that admission interviews could be two types: evaluative and informative. Informative interviews tend to be more detailed and usually in such circumstances the interviewer demands to know a lot about you as much as you demand to know about the university. Here, the interviewer may try to promote their university to you more so that you choose it as your end goal. On the other hand, evaluative interviews are precisely for some well-renowned universities where they think twice before offering a seat. So here the stress will be more on your side because you need to perform really well if you want to make it!
Prospectus will serve your purpose
Don’t just read through but study the university prospectus; learn more about the course that you are planning to study and how it is structured at the university; what modules come under the course and whether they will be beneficial for your career or not.
Once you have gathered all pertinent details, it will save your time from having loads of simple questions (or silly) on your mind during the interview. Remember, the main thing about interviews is you need to be very clear about what you want so that it shows up when you speak to the person.
Check your personal statement again!
Go through your personal statement over and over again and try to improve it. The interviewer may be very keen about minute details so please make sure you are ready for all possible types of questions such as, ‘Why do you want to study here?, Why have you chosen this particular subject?, Have you considered other options?’ etc.
You need to prove your confidence and show them that the university where you are planning to study at will deeply benefit you. A couple of mock interviews will certainly help you to be more comfortable on the interview day.
Moreover, consider having another look at what you wrote in your statement because questions may pop up based on your interests or hobbies.
Give specific answers
When the interviewer asks you ‘so tell me about yourself!’, don’t become nervous and start telling your childhood stories. The question would indirectly mean asking you why you chose the destination or course.
It is good to plan your answers, but please don’t try to memorise any answers and say exactly that before the interviewer. Instead, you should let your real self speak and explain why you have a passion for studying abroad or what made you take this decision. It is important to know how much you should say as to know when and what to say.
Update yourself with current affairs
Besides knowing in and out about your field, you must keep up with the ever-changing world and be familiar with the current trends or latest news in field like Sports, Politics, Education, History, Science and Technology. This will help you when asked questions out of your field or you can simply quote some examples while talking, which will send a positive message across that you are witty.
Get enough sleep
Make sure that you get enough sleep the day before so that you leave from your place for the interview with a fresh mind. Dress neatly and try to arrive at the venue a little before the scheduled time.
Many of you may have wondered what exactly is meant by informal interviews, they are in fact a bit confusing for some because the sense behind the words actually does not fit the sense behind. These are more or less opportunities that the universities give you to find more about the university and departments and prepare you for the interview with a really good idea. These should not be taken as seriously as the formal ones, but make it a good experience and chance to learn more and more about what kind of interview you would be stepping into.
Finished reading? Now tell yourself that it is equally easy to follow the above words and make it happen. Just tell yourself that you are attending the interview because you are worth to come this far; smile to your heart’s content because you will get through the latter part.