July 25, 2016 8:46:40 pm
One of the many things that make the application process abroad a daunting task for Indian students is the interview process. The interview should be a great opportunity to connect with an admissions officer. It can, however, often be a source of anxiety for Indian applicants. Here are some tips for acing the interview process:
1. Self awareness is the key to strong self-representation. Before your interview, think about your goals, not just career goals but what you want in life in a larger sense. This is a major part of the interview preparation, and you want to make sure you have specific and articulate points ready, detailing what you want and why.
2. Know the school and why it’s good for you. Research on the philosophy of the school, what the classroom environment is, how the school views education and think about how you will fit in and contribute to the student community. Know the culture of the school, and make an argument on how that culture corresponds with your own strengths and needs.
3. Review your essays, statements of purpose and resume so that you have a sense of what the school already knows about you and can be ready for questions along those lines.
4. Some interviewers might throw in a curve ball question, a ‘what if’ type of question that can throw you off at times. When those questions come, take a breath, give yourself a moment to think about the question and then answer honestly. The point of those questions is to get you to think on your feet, so don’t panic, think it through and jump in.
5. Speak with clarity and articulation. Look your interviewer in the eye, and present yourself with confidence.
6. Be honest about your accomplishments and don’t try to sell yourself, instead, represent yourself clearly, without false modesty or bravado. You may be asked about your failures. Be honest about those as well and think about what you’ve learned from failure and what you would do differently next time. Do not let the collective Indian fear of failure make you afraid to answer this question. Failure is a part of learning, and admitting your mistakes shows you to be a thoughtful, self-aware person.
7. When asked about yourself, don’t list awards you’ve won or scores you’ve achieved. You are more than your resume; an interview is the place to demonstrate that.
8. Present yourself well. Wear something that makes you comfortable and slightly more formal than going out to meet friends, but not so formal that you look like you are heading to a wedding afterwards.
9. Be passionate about what you love and don’t fake interest in something you don’t care about. Be open to talking about multiple subjects and be vocal about expressing your perspective but open minded enough towards alternative viewpoints. Don’t pretend to possess knowledge you don’t have. It’s okay not to get a reference and to ask questions. It shows that you are curious and engaged.
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10. Don’t ask questions that betray your anxiety or insecurity about admissions. The interviewer doesn’t know if you will get in or not, but asking definitely doesn’t get you closer to an acceptance!
Some points to keep in mind:
1) There is question behind a every question. Make sure you hear the interviewer well.
2) Answer to the point, be specific.
3) Be confident and well groomed. Formal attire is a must.
4) Use examples to explain your point.
5) Don’t ask anything random such as time, how much pay will I get post studies, will i get an admit. etc.
The article is written by Rohan Ganeriwala, Co-Founder, Collegify
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