Higher education is very important in our life and you have decided where to study. But a new challenge appears – how to prepare for a university admission. You feel nervous and want to be confident in order to succeed. We have some experience and want to share a few important tips to help you in preparing for an interview.
You can face an evaluative or informative interview for University admission. The first type you can expect if you are trying to enter particularly prestigious universities. When the university admissions officers decide to offer you a place they will ask you to come for a performance. An informative interview gives you the opportunity to know university better and to tell about yourself. It is an interesting experience not only to impress them but to choose this institution. And who is more interested – no one knows.
Think about the situation when university interview will include both evaluative and informative elements and you have to find the private tutor to prepare. You are among a lot of other candidates and you have to stand out and make a good impression. Sometimes foreign students have to undertake preparatory training programmes before starting to study.
1. How to talk about yourself
Very popular question is to tell something about yourself, so try to find something memorable. It is a chance to show your passion for the chosen subject and your ambitions for the future. You will ensure your academic success depends on the qualities you possess.
What other common questions are often asked in an interview:
- Why you want to study this course at this university;
- Why you want to study in this country (a question for foreigners);
- What has attracted you to studying abroad.
You should persuade your interviewer that you’re enthusiastic about your subject and really fond of their university. Plan what to answer but try not to overdo it because it will make a false opinion about you. Your answers should sound natural so you have to be confident and relaxed at the same time.
2. Look through your personal statement
Interviewers can refer to information you have mentioned in your application essay. They may ask you about achievements or even hobbies. Here you should be honest. Read all details and think about possible questions which might come up. Remember that the higher the university rating is, the higher the requirements for certificate grades.
3. Get full information about the university
Read university’s prospectus and go back to the official website to find out the structure of the course and the entry requirements. Look at the optional modules offered for you. It can show your interest to the course during the interview and you may ask useful questions. This part is available in both types of an interview. Before asking questions make sure they haven’t already been covered in other materials.
Good preparation is nice if you want to show your interviewer your real interest to the subject. Tell them that this course will help you in realizing your ideas. Demonstrate that you want to study this course by reading up on the latest news, research, and developments in this sphere.
4. Practice your interview
Find a relative or a good friend to practice an interview with common university questions. It can be in a cozy room, sitting on the sofa, so you can control your feelings. You will see where you have problems and later check them.
5. How to get dressed
Another main thing is – to choose suitable clothes. Even most university admission interviews are informal, it is better to be dressed up. Try to wear clothes like for a formal job interview – smart and comfortable. Remember that: “First impression is the last”.
Before going to the interview, prepare and check all your documents. You know the day and the time of the admission, so make sure you already know the place and how to get there. Think about possible situations on the road and come 10 minutes earlier. Even you have skype interview – check your connection and find a quiet room.
6. Be optimistic
It is easy to say – don’t worry, relax and smile. But in practice, it is really hard. If you are chosen for an admission interview they have been impressed by your performance and really think about giving you a place. Remember that and try not to be nervous. A smile can be your greatest weapon even you are scared. Bright eyes and light smile make you feel better and show your interviewers your interest to the subject. Be natural and be yourself to get more and be proud of your own achievements.
Do you have experience in going to admission interviews? Share your thoughts about this!