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Published by Afterschool.my on Apr 08, 2014, 06:17 pm
Consider yourself lucky when you finally get selected for an interview. It is a privilege so congratulate yourself! Now that you have given yourself credit, it is time to get serious. Applying for scholarships is extremely competitive, so it is important that you prepare for this interview. Here are general tips for preparing and during the interview:
Our choice of clothing says a lot about ourselves. Whatever the case, make sure you are wearing smart-looking, decent clothes for the interview. This gives an impression that you are taking this opportunity seriously. Most importantly, turn your mobile phone on silent mode.
For men, a long sleeved, collared shirt paired with dark trousers is fine. Make sure your clothes are clean and well pressed. For the ladies, a smart casual dress paired with a dark colored cardigan or coat can make a good impression to your interviewers. Avoid wearing clothes that have plunging necklines and those that have flashy prints in loud colours. Instead of wearing sandals, better wear closed shoes.
Interviews can be nerve-wracking, and nervousness can lead to forgetting important things during the interview. Hence, bringing a copy of your application material with you can help prevent sudden memory lapses. For other interviews that may require you to do some group work, it would be best to bring a pen and a tiny notebook.
You can also bring copies of your curriculum vitae or resumé for your interviewers. Make sure your resumé is short, at least one to two pages. Furthermore, it should highlight your achievements and strengths.
When responding to questions, take your time. Do not rush your answers and make sure you are speaking intelligibly. Give concise and meaningful answers, and avoid rambling. Once you have made your point, there is no need to repeat it. If you find the question unclear, you can politely ask the interviewer to repeat or rephrase it.
At the end of the interview, smile and shake hands with your interviewers and group members, and thank them for the time and opportunity. This will leave a good lasting impression.