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When the application is submitted to the college or university, after going through your application, the college or university may decide to have a one on one interview to decide whether you are the right candidate for their institution or not.
Most students are afraid to take the one on one interview, the main reason for that is simply the case of nervousness. However, if you follow our guidelines then you don’t have to worry about anything, in fact you will be able to ace it and make a very good impression on the interviewer too.
Consider the type of interview to expect:
Most universities will have either an evaluative or an informative interview. Evaluative interview is carried out by top notch universities which evaluate the performance of your interview to decide whether to accept your application or not. However, most universities carry out the informative interview where they provide information about their university and learn as much as possible about you. However, at the end of the day university can conduct both forms of interviews at once and hence it is important to be prepared for both of it.
Know how you can stand out:
Most universities will conduct either a skype interview or a telephonic interview (for overseas students). This would mean that in any given day they would be talking to lot of potential candidates. They would have heard all kind of generic replies and hence it is important to know what you can say that will help you stand out amongst the rest. Creating that first impression is very important.
Re-read your personal statement:
At this point it is important that you remember what you have written in your essay or the SOP. Always re-read and remember it by heart. It will not look good if you have written one thing and say contradictory thing in the interview. Also, you are looking at the paper to answer will make them believe that you may not be truthful in what you have written in your essay or the SOP.
Practice common interview questions:
Every interviewer will ask standard set of questions, and it may seem generic, however, there is a reason for them to ask these questions. It is important that you prepare answers to these questions. It always helps to practice it with the help of friend or a family member before the actual interview, that way you can understand the flow and how you need to pace yourself and can make corrections if you make any mistakes.
Even if it is a skype or a telephonic interview make sure that you are in a quiet environment, you have your backdrop clean, you are dressed well and always concentrate on the quality of the English language that you use too. There is nothing more unappealing than making grammatical errors in an interview. Keep all your documents readily available just in case if the interviewer asks you to quote something from it. Be confident and speak clearly, that will have a positive impact on the interviewer.