Many times, your statement of result, credentials, and even your CV isn’t enough for the admissions team to offer you admission. Sometimes, they want to know a little bit more about you, your personality, your experiences, your thinking pattern, how you communicate, and if you’re a good fit for the program you’re interested in.
Schools are less likely to expect you to attend an admissions interview in person as a prospective international student, though it is not unheard of – particularly for the more competitive programs.
Some universities conduct remote interviews at centers in different parts of the world, and you might be required to attend one of them. Video interviewing is also becoming increasingly common, especially with the pandemic. This is an interview like any other, with a set time and date, except it will take place online, using a program like Skype or any other online call platform.
Basically, the university or program you’re applying to determines if you’ll be attending an interview before admission is granted. So it’s important to pay attention to every piece of information that is given to you by the university.
If you've been invited to an interview, you should plan by doing the following: These tips are valid for both online and onsite interviews.
Plan to stand out!
If you’re being interviewed, it means a large number of applicants are also being interviewed for your program of choice, this is why you must stand out as best as you can.
One way to show your unique self during the “tell us about yourself” question that is commonly asked at an interview. Here you can share your passion and practical experiences you’ve had concerning your chosen subject, your long-term goals, and the qualities that will help you succeed academically.
Read your Personal Statement Again
The major reason why it’s important to be honest when writing your personal statement is so you can defend what you have written. Because then when you’re asked, it’s easier to state exactly what you wrote and even further elaborate it. The interviewer might raise a point from an achievement you wrote about or a qualification, etc. Anything you can’t defend, don’t write!
Know about the University & your course program!
An interviewer would consider you highly impressive when you know a lot about the university you’re applying to. It shows that you know what you want and you’re serious about choosing their university. You must also be able to defend your choice of subject, why you want to study it and how it would help your long-term academic and career goals. You can also show your enthusiasm by keeping up with the latest news, research, analysis, and advancements in the industry.
Practice with a friend OR in front of the camera.
Interviews can be nerve-racking, so one way to reduce your anxiety during the interview is to give due diligence to preparation!
Practice with your friend or in front of the camera. Pay attention to how you communicate, your mannerisms, if you’re pronouncing your words correctly. You never know how well you can answer a question till you actually answer it. Read up on commonly asked questions during a college interview and practice your answers. Intake Advisors have also proven to be very helpful to when preparing you for interview sessions.
Dress appropriately & Arrive on time.
While university admissions interviews are often informal, it is often preferable to dress up rather than down! Dress something smart and stylish that you'd wear to a formal work interview, and you'll make a good first impression.
Arrive early to avoid disappointment. If you're going to an admissions interview in person, make sure you know where you're going and how long it'll take you to get there and leave plenty of time. It's a good idea to arrive 10-15 minutes early.
For an online interview, make sure you’re ready long before time. Your background should be plain, free of clutter and noise. Your electricity & internet connection should be stable. Ensure you’re in a room that would limit distractions. If you have your way, lock the door behind you to avoid sudden or unnecessary distraction.
Look out for upcoming in-depth blog posts on online interview tips. Read this blog post again before your next interview.