Interview is the opportunity offered to you which, if performed well, will get you to your destination. So, make sure you give an impressive performance and stand out in your interview. Prepare well and practice with difficult questions. Make your answer interesting and the interviewers will remember you better. Keep in track of the following tips and you will succeed in your interview:
Before day of the Interview
1. Find out about which type of interview it is, how many interviewers and candidates there are, it is a formal interview or informal one.
2. Find out which qualification the interviewers expect, training courses, applying procedures, etc.
3. Be careful with your certificates. The interviewers may ask why you take a certain training course or what you have learn from such course.
4. As interviewers may ask you to elaborate on certain issues, you may want to read some articles about such issues.
5. Ask a friend or relative of yours to help you practice answering an interview.
6. Speak with those candidates who have participated in the interviews; ask for their comments and tips.
7. Prepare a list of things you want to say in the interview.
8. There may be questions about normal life of yours in the interview (for example, why did you choose this university?) Be prepared for that.
9. Prepare a list of questions you may ask the interviewers (for example, about their training programs and how you apply for such programs).
10. Arrive early and avoid rush hours. Get to know the road to the interviewing building before.
On the day of the Interview
11. Have a sleep well. Prepare your stuff ready and don’t drink or stay up late the night before the interview.
12. Arrive 15-10 minutes earlier. Avoid going during rush hours or on crowed streets. Take a look around the university and talk to other candidates there.
13. If there is a problem, contact the university to rearrange your appointment.
14. Dress properly.
15. Turn off your mobile. Distraction or interruption is unforgivable mistakes during an interview.
During the Interview
16. Pay attention to your body language: look straight, keep eye contacts, and smile.
17. Demonstrate your enthusiasm and passion for the course. Make the interviewers impressed by that.
18. Think carefully before answering any question. Don’t rush. Select and determine which the most suitable answer to give is.
19. Don’t hesitate to ask the interviewers to repeat the questions again or give more details about the questions.
20. Try to answer the questions completely. Don’t waste time just making your answer long without useful information.
21. Don’t lie. It is an unforgivable act to lie in applying into a university. The interviewers have many ways to find out if you are lying or not. So, if you don’t know the answer, just be frank and tell them that.
22. Listen attentively and don’t interrupt others while they are speaking. Not only it is a bad manner to do, it is unforgivable if you do so in an interview. Just wait for them ending their questions then answer.
23. Ask questions: you shall be required to make some questions. This is the time you make advantage of the list of questions you have prepared earlier. Show the interviewers that you have researched a lot about their university and that you are a very enthusiastic person.
24. Be relaxed. Don’t overstress yourself. A comfortable mind shall generate a good outcome.
25. Be yourself. Don’t pretend to be somebody else. The interviewers want to know the real you, the potential candidate they may accept in.
After the Interview
26. Again, be relaxed. Don’t feel too much pressure as you have been asked many strict questions that you are unable to answer well. That’s one the goals of the Interviewers – to see if you can handle well under pressure.
27. Take advantage of being at the university. Spend time talking to other students or lecturers if possible. Wander around and take a good look at the university.
28. Think positively. Think of what you have learn from this experience. Don’t stress yourself with the idea of winning or losing.
29. Note down your answers. These may be useful later if the interviewers wish to confirm any answer with you as they forget or wish to discuss more.
30. Discuss your interview with others. You may receive very helpful advice from an outsider who, like the interviewers, may tell if you answer properly or not.
31. Don’t worry too much if you didn’t perform well in the interview. There are always a whole lot of things to do. Enjoy yourself.