Acing your scholarship interviews
INTERVIEWS can be daunting, especially if you have never been through one before. Well, fret not, because here are some tips on how to nail your scholarship interview.
Prior to the interview, make sure you are well informed of the details of the scholarship so that you know how well the scholarship suits your needs.
These details include the duration of study, courses that are covered by the scholarship, bond requirements if any, and level of financial assistance that the scholarship offers.
You could also do some research on the field of study that you are choosing. Interviewers will often ask you why you are choosing that specific field of study and you need to provide them with credible and convincing reasons.
You will have to find a way to convince your interviewers that you deserve the scholarship more than other applicants.
List all your achievements and choose the ones you are most proud of or the ones that are relevant to the course you are looking to enrol in.
Be prepared to answer questions about your and your family’s financial situation if you are interviewing for a need- based scholarship. Interviewers want proof that you really need the financial aid.
Aside from questions about your financial standing, interviewers will ask you general questions. The way you answer these questions could make or break your chances of getting the scholarship.
Here are some common scholarship interview questions that panellists ask:
Why do you deserve this scholarship?
What is your biggest achievement? Who is your role model? What is your favourite subject in school and why?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
It is a good idea to give a good amount of detail to your answers to show your intellect and that you are well prepared for the interview.
Your body language can tell your interviewers a lot about yourself. For example, negative body postures such as slouching and stiffness can indicate a lack of confidence and nervousness.
Here is some body language that will make you appear more confident and comfortable: Maintain eye contact Speak clearly when answering questions Lean back in your seat Place your hands on your lap or on the table
With proper preparations, ensure that you go to your interview on time and follow the steps above to increase your chances of obtaining a scholarship.
Answering with confidence and positive body language will leave a good impression on your interviewers.