Though interviews are not a necessity for every university’s admission procedure, many institutions still require it in order to assess your soft skills and IQ level. You might be great when it comes to academics but face-to-face interviews might give you a stomach churning feeling. Take a deep breath because it is not as hard as it might seem but also not a piece of cake. There are several tips which you should take into consideration before appearing for an admission interview.
1. Mock Interview
As the saying goes, practice makes perfect. I am sure you wouldn’t like to encounter any unexpected questions; hence practicing all kinds of anticipated queries can help you build confidence.
Some of the repeatedly asked questions have been jotted down. You can practice them again and again in order to acquire perfection.
- Why do you want admission in this institution?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What has been your greatest experience in high school?
- Tell us something about yourself.
- Tell us about your involvement in extracurricular activities.
- What are your future plans?
- Who do you idolize the most and why?
Practicing these questions again and again will make the entire interview easier.
2. First Impressions are Crucial
We are well aware of the fact that the first impression is the last impression, so make sure you leave a lasting as well as a positive impression on the interviewer. The first impression, good or bad, will be made as soon as you enter the office of your admissions officer; hence dress appropriately to have a lasting impact of him or her. Keeping eye contact and being aware of your posture and facial expressions are other essentials for a great interview.
3. Do your Research
Make sure that you know some basics about the institution you are applying in or the majors you seek to opt for. Having thorough knowledge of the website and its content is very crucial. It is okay to have some doubts and queries and in fact you can clear these during the interview. It shows that you are really interested to get in the institution and that you have some prior knowledge about the place you are trying to enter.
4. Shine a light on your Achievements
Don’t feel shy or hesitant in sharing your experiences and involvement in extracurricular activities. After all you have contributed your time and skills so you should feel proud and confident while sharing your experiences and work. You can notify the interviewer about your internships, your involvement in societies or different clubs at your school or about your community service experience. You can even impress the interviewer by letting them know about your hobbies and your interests. It is always better to reveal a lot about yourself.
The choice of institution and the majors you are interested to take is a huge decision of one’s life and your entire career is dependent on it. While making a choice, be very sure, after all it’s the place where you’ll be spending four years of your life.
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