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University Interviews

Interview is like the final iron-gate in the admission process at any university abroad. Students must understand that interviews are one of the crucial elements in determining their admission success. At first, the preliminary screening of the application is conducted based on student’s GPA, (GRE, GMAT, SAT) scores, personal statement, essays and recommendation letters. Once the preliminary screening is cleared, the next juncture can be a Personal interview which is conducted in order to further judge student’s veracity of declarations made in the essays, to assess their level of understanding in terms of university and the country, student’s compatibility and suitability with the course and the university s/he is applying for.

  • Who requires an interview?

    Some universities interview all their applicants who have cleared the preliminary screening tests while others do not. Generally, students applying for the below mentioned programs have to face university- interviews

    • Graduate Business School
    • Medical Residency
    • Top Ranked Engineering Schools

    Interviews can be conducted for other courses, at the discretion of the university which requires further information about the candidate. The candidates are interviewed either by the member of admission committee or by the university’s alumni. Some universities keep the option of interview at the discretion of the candidate. However, it is important that candidate should avail this option as interview can give an additional chance to impress the admission committee.

  • University’s Motivation behind the Interviews

    For international students, the universities mostly schedule telephonic interviews or web interviews as per the convenience of the candidate (Student).
    Such interviews are taken mostly for the following reasons:

    • To judge the candidate beyond his/her paper credentials.
    • To assess candidate’s inter personal skills.
    • To examine candidate’s unique traits such as negotiating skills, integrity and sound judgment.
    • To analyze candidate’s psychological and temperamental strengths.
    • To assess candidate’s ability to respond effectively and handle himself/ herself under pressure.

     

  • Things to be done before Interview

    The following guidelines will help applicants who are candidates for an international degree program to prepare for an interview, better:

    • Confirm the time and place of the interview if you have accepted the invitation to have face to face interaction in the university campus.
    • In case of telephonic interview, confirm the time of the interview so that you can arrange for telephone or webcam in order to avoid any disruption due to technical faults.
    • Confirm the details about the interviewer so that you can research about his or her background and area of specialization.
    • Scan through your application file as interviewer review your file before interviewing you. So the questions can be asked from the same.
    • Review your Essays, Personal Statements, grades, research topics as interviewer may like to discuss your profile in detail.
    • Research extensively about the school and the program you are applying for so that interviewers can get the impression of you being a well aware person.
    • Prepare yourself to discuss about your accomplishments, professional experiences, personal attributes and motivation for the school and the program.
    • Prepare yourself to discuss about your weaknesses and deficiencies and how you plan to improvise on them.
    • Prepare the appropriate questions you can ask the interviewer.

  • Frequently asked Interview Questions

    • Can you walk me through your resume?
    • Why do you want to come to our School?
    • Why this particular Program?
    • What sets you apart from other applicants in your area?
    • Do you feel that you are a good match for our school? Why?
    • How can you contribute to our program?
    • What do you expect to learn from our program?
    • How do you plan to use your degree?
    • What are your short term goals?
    • What are your short term goals?
    • Where do you see yourself after ten years?
    • What are your long term goals?
    • Can you briefly describe your career progress to date?
    • Can you comment on your ability to work in teams?
    • Can you explain the depth of your commitment and ability to make the most of the situation?
    • Can you briefly describe the key responsibilities of your current job?
    • Can you give me an example of a time that you demonstrated leadership?
    • What if you are not accepted in the schools you are applying for?

    There can be many more questions an interviewer may ask you. But remember there are five major areas which an interviewer generally targets at –

    • Your Personal Attributes
    • Your Educational Background
    • Your Professional Experiences
    • Your Goals
    • Your Motivation for a Particular Program and School

  • Things to remember at the time of Interview

    • Maintain great level of confidence and professionalism.
    • Give question-focused and informative response.
    • Listen to the interviewer carefully and respond accordingly.
    • Maintain a level of humility. Make sure to not come across as an overconfident and self-centered person.
    • Have conviction while sharing career goals so that the interviewer is fully convinced.
    • Be courteous with the interviewer.
    • Don’t give ambiguous or contradictory answers.
    • Use your analytical skills and communication skills in the best way possible.
    • Present the true self. It is important to begin at a note of integrity. That is the best for the student and for the university

Who requires an interview?

Who requires an interview?

Some universities interview all their applicants who have cleared the preliminary screening tests while others do not. Generally, students applying for the below mentioned programs have to face university- interviews

  • Graduate Business School
  • Medical Residency
  • Top Ranked Engineering Schools

Interviews can be conducted for other courses, at the discretion of the university which requires further information about the candidate. The candidates are interviewed either by the member of admission committee or by the university’s alumni. Some universities keep the option of interview at the discretion of the candidate. However, it is important that candidate should avail this option as interview can give an additional chance to impress the admission committee.

University’s Motivation behind the Interviews

University’s Motivation behind the Interviews

For international students, the universities mostly schedule telephonic interviews or web interviews as per the convenience of the candidate (Student).
Such interviews are taken mostly for the following reasons:

  • To judge the candidate beyond his/her paper credentials.
  • To assess candidate’s inter personal skills.
  • To examine candidate’s unique traits such as negotiating skills, integrity and sound judgment.
  • To analyze candidate’s psychological and temperamental strengths.
  • To assess candidate’s ability to respond effectively and handle himself/ herself under pressure.

 

Things to be done before Interview

Things to be done before Interview

The following guidelines will help applicants who are candidates for an international degree program to prepare for an interview, better:

  • Confirm the time and place of the interview if you have accepted the invitation to have face to face interaction in the university campus.
  • In case of telephonic interview, confirm the time of the interview so that you can arrange for telephone or webcam in order to avoid any disruption due to technical faults.
  • Confirm the details about the interviewer so that you can research about his or her background and area of specialization.
  • Scan through your application file as interviewer review your file before interviewing you. So the questions can be asked from the same.
  • Review your Essays, Personal Statements, grades, research topics as interviewer may like to discuss your profile in detail.
  • Research extensively about the school and the program you are applying for so that interviewers can get the impression of you being a well aware person.
  • Prepare yourself to discuss about your accomplishments, professional experiences, personal attributes and motivation for the school and the program.
  • Prepare yourself to discuss about your weaknesses and deficiencies and how you plan to improvise on them.
  • Prepare the appropriate questions you can ask the interviewer.

Frequently asked Interview Questions

Frequently asked Interview Questions

  • Can you walk me through your resume?
  • Why do you want to come to our School?
  • Why this particular Program?
  • What sets you apart from other applicants in your area?
  • Do you feel that you are a good match for our school? Why?
  • How can you contribute to our program?
  • What do you expect to learn from our program?
  • How do you plan to use your degree?
  • What are your short term goals?
  • What are your short term goals?
  • Where do you see yourself after ten years?
  • What are your long term goals?
  • Can you briefly describe your career progress to date?
  • Can you comment on your ability to work in teams?
  • Can you explain the depth of your commitment and ability to make the most of the situation?
  • Can you briefly describe the key responsibilities of your current job?
  • Can you give me an example of a time that you demonstrated leadership?
  • What if you are not accepted in the schools you are applying for?

There can be many more questions an interviewer may ask you. But remember there are five major areas which an interviewer generally targets at –

  • Your Personal Attributes
  • Your Educational Background
  • Your Professional Experiences
  • Your Goals
  • Your Motivation for a Particular Program and School

Things to remember at the time of Interview

Things to remember at the time of Interview

  • Maintain great level of confidence and professionalism.
  • Give question-focused and informative response.
  • Listen to the interviewer carefully and respond accordingly.
  • Maintain a level of humility. Make sure to not come across as an overconfident and self-centered person.
  • Have conviction while sharing career goals so that the interviewer is fully convinced.
  • Be courteous with the interviewer.
  • Don’t give ambiguous or contradictory answers.
  • Use your analytical skills and communication skills in the best way possible.
  • Present the true self. It is important to begin at a note of integrity. That is the best for the student and for the university