How To Prepare For Your University Interview
So, you’ve received that exclusive interview invitation for your dream university. Congratulations! Now, it’s time to buckle up and prepare yourself to conquer this crucial milestone on your academic journey. Do not worry, my friends.
In this article, we will be guiding you through university interviews and equip you with the weapons of success. Let’s dive right in!
Research, Research, Research!
Before you set foot into that interview room, make sure you equip yourself with the power of knowledge. Take a deep dive into the university’s website, course information, syllabuses, and even their social media platforms. Familiarize yourself with their mission, values, and academic programs. Show off your expertise by peppering your conversation with intriguing nuggets of information about the university.
Confidence is Key
When you step into the interview room, exude confidence like a peacock showing off its vibrant feathers. University interviewers can be ruthless and can smell fear from a mile away. Speak clearly and assertively, allowing your ideas to flow with eloquence. Embrace a posture that exudes self-assurance, and maintain eye contact to establish a powerful connection. Remember, you’re not just another applicant; you’re a remarkable individual with a story to tell. We previously shared some tips on how to appear confident. Do read our latest blog here: – Public Speaking 101: The Ultimate Art of Communication
Be Prepared for the Questions!
Prepare to answer common interview questions such as to introduce yourself, why do you want to attend this university and many more. By answering these common questions confidently, you can show the interviewers how prepared you are during the interview.
However, you must also be prepared to answer the interviewers’ unpredictable questions. Undeniably, university interviewers are notorious for their unpredictable twists and turns. You must expect the unexpected! Practice your ability to think on your feet and adapt to new situations. Enhance your problem-solving skills by tackling brain teasers and hypothetical scenarios. This will demonstrate your agility and mental acuity, making you stand out from the crowd of interviewees.
Here, we list down 3 sample questions with a sample answer that you may use for your upcoming interview!
- How will you contribute to the college community?
“Back in high school, I was very active and deeply involved in coordinating the English Society Club. Since I will be majoring in English Language Studies, I hope to join the club here, too, so I can continue developing my skills in that subject.
2. What skills do you expect to develop through your program?
“In high school, my research writing wasn’t as strong as I would have liked, and I continue to build my writing skills in this area. I hope that through my educational program I can further develop this skill to become an efficient researcher and writer.”
3. What are your plans after you graduate college?
“I don’t have an exact plan for after graduation, however, I do plan to pursue my career in the language field. I hope that by moving into this career field, I can also travel to some parts of the world that I’ve been wanting to see.”
When your interviewers say “Is there any questions you wanted to ask?”, Say YES! Ask questions to show that you are VERY, VERY curious! This is the opportunity for you to assess whether the university is the right fit for you. Ask about all things that you want to know. We recommend to ask about controversial topic aswell, such as the cultures and the dramas. This shows that you are very intrigued in joining the institution.
Wear a Proper Attire !
Before you decide to wear anything, research for the university’s dress code first. Why? Well, for UiTM interviews, women need to wear only baju kurung, as it is their formal dress code. But if the university did not have any specific dress code, then we would suggest you to wear a business attire: tailored suit, button-down shirt with tie, blouse, lace-up dress shoes or close-toed pumps, and stockings or dress socks.
To conclude, by following these strategies, you’ll be well-prepared to ace your university interview and leave a lasting impression on the interviewers. Go forth, conquer that interview room, and show them the unique brilliance that sets you apart. Good luck, and may your journey to university be filled with success and fulfilment!