Being selected for an interview is a big achievement for a candidate applying for scholarships. For them, it is indeed a milestone in their journey of success. As happy as this stage is, it is equally challenging. We all worry about questions such as what we need to say in the introduction or what kind of questions they will ask. These questions keep popping in our minds and lead to create room for anxiety and stress. While it is extremely important that you must not be anxious before the interview and be quite aware of the fact that they selected you out of so many candidates because they have found you reliable and are keen to know more about you. This is the first step in your journey towards success. There are the following key points that are essential for achieving career goals and educational dreams in any organization. Following these steps will help you to communicate in the best manner and have a strong impact on the interviewers by presenting wisely.
An interview is like presenting yourself in a manner that you feel you are writing an essay about yourself. They will ask for your introduction, they will ask about your interests and the field you are applying in. They will notice your body language, facial expressions, and your communication skills. Before appearing in an interview, you must write a precise introduction about yourself and prepare key points that you feel are important to mention during your interview. Moreover, do not speak too much or too less, try to be relevant and smart. Give your answers clearly and concisely and whenever you make a stance, you must give strong arguments and evidence to prove it. DO not mention anything that is offensive and does not joke inappropriately.
We have given the most common questions that are asked in interviews and the methods to provide the best answers to interviewers.
A: This question is asked almost in every interview. This question sets your first impression in front of the interviewer, it is often asked as a warm-up question. This question does not have any specified answer, length, and is open-ended. This is how the interviewer is giving you an opportunity to compose yourself and is allowing you to talk about anything you feel comfortable sharing. Before answering your question, you must be aware of what kind of response exactly the interviewer is looking for.
However, here the interviewer is not expecting you to read the information you mentioned in your CV, nor are they expecting you to tell every minute event of your life. They are not expecting long paragraphs where you praise yourself or giving a very lengthy introduction. What they want is to see your passion and what you can offer that other selected candidates are lacking. They expect a response that is unique or something so interesting that sticks in their minds even when you leave the room.
Key Points you need to mention in the introduction of the Scholarship Interview
1- Start the conversation by telling your name and education.
2- Avoid unnecessary points and topics; do not use any terminology that you do not completely know.
3- It is the best time to reveal any unique aspect of your personality. Share any skill, qualification, and talent you have.
4- Remember not to mention everything in the introduction as this is only the first question and there are many others where you do not like to repeat information.
5- Before appearing in any interview, always write an introductory paragraph and practice it at home as much as you can.
Q: Strength and weakness:
A: This question can be very tricky for many candidates. When asking for your weakness, remember that the interviewer is not honestly interested in your weakness and so you must avoid giving sweeping statements such as “Sometimes unable to complete tasks in a given time or if I forget things very quickly”. This question is asked to see how much you are aware of yourself and how will you handle the negative aspects of your personality. Instead, talk about your weaknesses in a manner that they seem a positive aspect of your personality. In this situation, you can say that “I was organizing an art gallery to arrange the funds for charity. I was too busy with managing people and time. I realized after 1 hour that I had forgotten to ask waiters to serve tea.” In this way, you are sharing an awe-inspiring humanitarian aspect of your personality rather than weakness.
At the same time, if the interviewers ask about your strengths, mention your greatest achievement and think about what you did to achieve that. For instance, if you have conducted a seminar in our university of an art gallery for collecting money for charity, mention these in your interview. Along with the event, mention what helped you to achieve it, for instance, you might state “By conducting a seminar, I came to know that I can manage time and can effectively communicate to people. It also shows that I am successful in organizing big events and can lead a team”.
Q: Are you a deserving candidate for scholarship:
A: To answer this question, you should tell any unique aspect of your personality. Telling your academic qualifications can be useless as all other candidates reaching this stage would have good academic backgrounds. Share something about yourself that makes you stand apart from the crowd and talk with passion and dedication.
Q: Use of the program money:
A: This question is asked to see your dedication and to ensure that the money they fund will be in good use. Before answering this question, carefully think and evaluate yourself. Do not tell the committee how much you need this money, rather tell them that you are preparing a budget that you can share in advance with the committee. Furthermore, remember to mention other programs that you have applied for, in order to show them you are really passionate, dedicated, and deserving of their fund.