5 Best Tips to Crack Your College Admission Interview: For students its quite strange to face the interview to enroll in one’s preferred college, there is equal parts excitement, fear, etc.
How does one ensure that the interview is a cakewalk? Here are key areas that will help you to crack your college admission interview.
Here are 5 best Tips:
As the saying goes, “the first impression is the last impression”. It is most important to ensure you are well-groomed. A neat haircut (for the gents) or properly tied hair or in a bun (for the ladies) goes a long way. Clean, filed nails also help make a good impression.
A well-dressed person always commands attention. Ensure you are dressed in formal clothes for your interview. Match colours well – you will never go wrong with pastels!
Punctuality is appreciated. Reach the interview location before the scheduled time so that you are well-settled and can keep nervousness at bay.
Be prepared with Proper research:
An interviewer will usually ask a series of questions that cover the topics shared below. It’s always best to be well-prepared so that you are not left wanting for the correct answer to the questions put across by the interviewer:
- Your personality: Answer all questions about yourself with confidence and authenticity to offer the interviewer an insight into your persona.
- Your strengths, weaknesses, and goals: What advantages or values do you bring to the table, and will you be a valuable addition to the institute? These are things that interviewers decipher through questions on this topic.
- Interests and hobbies: A well-rounded personality balances extra-curricular activities with academics. This is a key point for impressing an interviewer.
- Domain knowledge and current affairs: Staying up to date with the happenings around the world is important. This also gives the impression that you are reading the daily news and are keen to know how world events impact everyday lives.
- Knowledge about college: Interviewers are keen to know how much you know about the college you wish to enrol in. Read up about the college, the courses offered, faculty, rankings, etc.
Maintain Your body language:
Confidence is an important attribute to showcase during your interview. An interviewer will be evaluating your body language in addition to your answers. Maintaining eye-contact with the interviewer is a measure of confidence; however, you should make a point to not stare!
Do remember to keep your phone in silent mode. The ringing or buzzing of the phone would mostly put off the interviewer and would also result in an embarrassing situation for you. As far as possible, do not carry your phone into the interview hall.
Have an engaging conversation:
Do not give the impression that you have memorised any answers (even if you have). It is easy for an interviewer to judge whether the answers you give are pre-prepared or not. Rehearsed answers could make you nervous if you forget any part. It is best to identify the points you wish to speak about and tick them off in your head.
Monosyllabic answers like a “Yes” or “No” do not make a good impression. Always elaborate on what you wish to say, which gives the impression that you are well-versed in the topic.
Resolve all your queries:
At the end of the interview, you will always be asked if you have any questions. It is best to ask a few questions to show the interviewer that you are keen on knowing more about the college you wish to be a part of, such as queries about:
- The college
- The courses offered
- Extracurricular activities
- The faculty
In conclusion, remember to simply relax and smile. At the end of the day, it is only an interview, and preparation will go a long way in helping you succeed in your endeavours!
(With Input From IndiaToday)