Preparing for interviews
Everyone gets nervous at interviews, and careful preparation can help you to break through that nervousness and present yourself calmly and confidently as a competitive candidate for any scholarship program.
Our office can help you to prepare for an interview. We can do one-on-one or panel mock-interviews, and even record them for review and discussion. Contact us to request an appointment.
General tips for preparing and during the interview:
- Getting selected for an interview is a privilege – congratulate yourself! Then get down to the work of preparing.
- Review your application materials thoroughly.
- Review the scholarship program information, including information about the organization giving the scholarship, thoroughly.
- Prepare for demanding, challenging questions.
- Develop your verbal communication skills through communication classes, reading avidly to improve vocabulary, participating in debate clubs/organizations, etc.
- Learn about current affairs by reading national newspapers and journals, participating in current event discussions and debates on campus and elsewhere
- During the interview, take your time responding to questions; don’t rush your answers.
- Stop talking when you’ve made your point; don’t ramble.
- Practice! It takes skill to talk about yourself without sounding too self-absorbed and to answer questions thoughtfully but concisely under pressure, without sounding too canned.
Practice questions to get you started:
- Tell me about yourself, your background and interests. How did you come to be the person you are today?
- What is your biggest weakness?
- What do you do for fun? What do you do in your spare time?
- How adaptable are you? Give an example to demonstrate your answer.
- Think about stories that illustrate your strengths, weaknesses, times you had difficulty but overcame (or didn’t), times when you had to work with people who didn’t agree with you, etc.
- Give an example of a time you’ve been thrown into a new, uncomfortable situation. Why was it uncomfortable? Were you able to be successful in that experience? If yes, what did you do to ensure your success? If no, why not?
- What do you envision yourself doing in 10 years?
- What makes you an ideal candidate for this opportunity?
- What do you hope to learn from this experience?