The admission process for US colleges is complex, but properly the aspect that scares most applicants is the actual interview with their desired university.
It is okay to feel nervous on the day of the interview and making the most of this chance to show the university representatives just how passionate you are about studying there. The best way to avoid this anxiety is to put your best foot forward, prepare adequately for the interview and have an idea of what is going to happen.
To get ready for the big day, please review our top seven admission interview tips to help you bring your A game.
(1) Try to anticipate the questions
It is most likely you will be nervous on the day of the admission interview and you may not be able to give the greatest of answers to your interviewer’s questions.Hence you should try to anticipate those questions and think about the answers you could give to highlight your passion and qualities. It is also best to conduct a few mock interviews with family or friends before the real one. This will help you feel more prepared and confident.
Check through the university’s prospectus and course details. Think actively about what the recruiters will likely be looking for. You may be asked why you want to attend at that university, what your career plans are, how would you describe yourself, what is your biggest achievement. Write down some answers to these common interview questions and you will be less likely to draw a mental blank on the day of the interviews.
(2) Choose your Outfit Wisely
You already know you have to choose an appropriate outfit for this occasion-but we all know how hard this can be.One of the tips we are offering is to check if the university offers any dress recommendations. If that is the case, please follow precisely.
However, if they don’t offer any recommendations, you should dress in something which is reasonably smart and you feel comfortable in and which won’t distract the interviewers from the points you are making. It be as simple as a smart pair of trousers and a plain shirt.Instead of dressing to attract attention,focus on making sure your outfit is appropriate and comfortable.
(3) Be Confident and Passionate
In order to impress admissions officers, you have to be confident and show your passion for your field of study.Note that confidence sends a strong message that you know what you want and are willing to work hard for it.Additionally, make sure you communicate your passion for the subject, and explain how you discovered that this is what you wanted to pursue.
It is also a good idea to boldly discuss your career or academic plans, and be as specific as possible. This will show that you have thoroughly thought through your future and plans for your career. The goal is to show you have plans, and that they are a good fit for your university.
(4) Do your Research
It goes without saying that you need to be well prepared for the admission interview if you really want to study in a US college. Make sure you know as much as possible about the university and the course.You can do this by simply reading and taking notes based on the university website plus any information sent to you before the interviews. This will also mean you know what to expect when you arrive on interview day. Dont forget that admission officers may also ask your questions based on the application form and essay you submitted. So be prepared to go indebt on anything you have mentioned there.
(5) Listen Carefully
When you are feeling nervous during your interview, try to stay calm and focused on your interviewer’s words and body language. This will help you get your mind off the feeling of being nervous and help you better understand what the admission officer wants to know.
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You can even make notes during the interview, both for your own reference and as preparations for future interviews.What is important is to pay attention to every question and the reaction of the admission officer.
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