During the Interview-Focus on Do’s
Always be polite and well mannered. Institutions prefer students who know how to conduct themselves properly. Remember, after your enrollment you are going to be an ambassador of the institution wherever you go, so the institution will doubly make sure that you are the right candidate and being good-mannered will put you one step closer to your dreams.
Always get two copies of your resume along with photographs, even if you’ve already sent them to your interviewer. The only time you shouldn’t bring them if the authorities ask you not to carry them. Carry them in a nice folder and do not fold your resume and avoid spoiling them.
Be at the right place - Ensure that you are entering the correct room/designated area for the interview.
Turn off your cell phone and don’t keep it even in vibration mode as any call during your interview is bound to distract your attention, this should be done positively before entering the interview room. Avoid carrying a tab to the venue of the interview.
Knock on the door - It is advisable to knock on the door asking for permission before entering the interviewer’s room.
Extend your greetings to every one present inside the room. You should know what time of the day it is when you are appearing. A Good Morning wish in the late afternoon can be quite an embarrassment for you.
Wait for the Chair- You are expected to wait to be offered a chair before sitting.
Correct posture and positive body language - Do remember to sit in the correct posture and maintain a positive body language. Remember you are not in your drawing room. Your posture, gestures, facial expressions do tell a lot about you without even uttering a single word.
Confident Answers - Always answer confidently and make eye contact with the interviewer. Listening skills are really important as well because if you don’t listen properly chances are you will not answer the questions properly without understanding them.
Smile - Try to smile during the interview. A dull face gives negative vibes to the interviewers.
Keep your emotions in check. Too much aggression while answering a debatable question can actually throw you out of zone and the interview would be over and dusted before you actually realize it.
Share your passion - Given an opportunity, share what are you passionate about. This shall help you to speak better and convey your ideas across.
Shake Hands - Always shake hands firmly. A loose handshake can be a sign of low on confidence.
Try to stress on your achievements. After all this is your chance to promote your candidature at the right platform.
Do ask intelligent questions about the school, programs, and faculty. Show enthusiasm where appropriate.
At the end thank them for the opportunity and while coming out gently close the door behind you. Do not ask anything once the interview is over.
Always be yourself as one should be applying to college as the person he/she is It has been seen that being genuine will take you a lot further than trying to be somebody else. Remember, you are not the first student that they are interviewing.
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During the Interview-Focus on Don’ts
Please take care of the given instructions to make your interview a successful one.
Never ask your parents to schedule your interview for you. It does not present a very good image at the institution that you are applying to.
Fit by Force - Do not attempt to forcibly fit in the institution by wearing something similar to their dress code. It is neither cute nor intelligent to do so.
Do not arrive late for the interview; if it’s unavoidable, call them and explain your position.
Don’t degrade your speech - Avoid Slouching, yawning chewing gum, etc or degrade your speech flow with umm’s or like, you know’, aaaa.
No Slang Language - Do not use any slang language. You might find it cool but authorities think otherwise.
No Phone Usages - It is advisable not to answer your phone or text during your interview. Keep it switched off. Also ask your parents to refrain from answering their calls if they happen to be in front of the admissions team or the interviewer.
No Answers by Parents - Do not expect (or permit) your parents to answer questions asked to you. The Interviewer/ admissions counsellor wants to hear and learn about you from you, not your parents.
No Negatives Please - Don’t give an image that you are pretty negative with whatever has happened in your life. Remember, people with a negative attitude are never welcome in institutions of learning.
Avoid Reciting your resume continuously and thinking that you have helped your interviewer know you better. It certainly does not help.
No Dishonesty - Do not try to impress the interviewers by giving answers which you don’t believe. Be honest, clear and confident.
Avoid Silly Questions - Refrain from asking questions that one could easily answer on your own if he/she checks the institution’s website.
Know where you are sitting - Its an interview crime when you ask about College A’s newly launched course curriculum, faculty etc. when you are trying to get into College B.
Don’t let opportunity slip - Don’t’ Let a question like, “Tell me something about yourself which is not mentioned in your resume?” slip by without a good answer. Do not answer like “I have covered everything” and you miss a brilliant opportunity to showcase what you are.
Speak up - Remember that an interview is not a yes or no round. Don’t answer every question with a simple yes or no. You need to explain logically the reason why you chose a yes or no for an answer and then back it up.
Leave when you are done - After the interview is done, leave the interview area even if it means waiting outside for some time before you have means to reach your destination. You may find yourself in awkward position hanging out there without any purpose.
Avoid negative facts - Don't ever offer any negative or wrong information about yourself.
Thank Verbally - Don't forget to verbally thank the interviewers for their time and consideration.
Don’t forget the Thank You Note - One should not forget to promptly send a thank you note to the interviewer after the completion of the interview.
After the Interview
Don’t be judgmental about your performance and specially don’t express it by showing emotions after you come out of the interviewer’s room. Remember, it is what they think about your performance that matters, your opinion shall not make an impact. There have been cases where students were asked difficult questions, drained completely and yet made it to the institution of their choice.
Remember to send a formal thank you note to the person who interviewed you. It shows that you are courteous and helps the admissions counsellor remember you. You may not be receiving any thing in reply but still it gives a good impression to the admission team and the interviewer.
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