The interview will make you feel bit nervous, irrespective of, what type of interview it is and where the interview is. A Master’s interview in a foreign land will make you feel even more nervous and cautious about yourself. This is because etiquettes and professionalism are both different in a foreign land. Even a single meeting with the people abroad will make you feel the difference. Hence, it is essential to know what exact professional etiquettes are followed in a country where you are appearing along with other etiquettes.
Here we are going to discuss a few tips that will help you nail your International Master’s Interview:
1. Arrive on Time
This is a very important factor on the basis of which you will be judged by. Being late for the interview itself indicates and reveals a lot many things about you. It shows you don’t value time, and the person who doesn’t value time is hardly believed to be a person of value. Your very first impression gets degraded by simply being late. Hence, arrive for the interview on time. In case it is an emergency and is not possible for you to be on time, report the concerned faculty beforehand. This small gesture will be enough to show your concern.
2. Be Polite, Yet Enthusiastic
Let your body language speak louder. Greet the interviewer with a smile and ask permission before having the seat. Thank the interviewer before leaving the room, for the chance you have got. These small etiquettes play a long role in revealing your politeness and the concern at the same time.
3. Dress Appropriately
Your personality and confidence will be dependent on the way you dress up. Be formal, yet comfortable. Do not be too fancy, even with your accessories like watches or a purse or sacks if you are carrying. Do not mismatch the formal dress, with casual footwear. Unintentionally, your footwear will be noticed, don’t take them for granted. Be formal, decent and confident. Do not forget to wear your confidence.
4. Use Good Body Language
Your body language will convey more about yourself than your self-introduction. Enter the interview room confidently. While sitting, sit straight, do not lay backward or on an interviewer’s table. Make use of your hands while answering the questions. Have a firm and warm handshake.
5. Be Well Prepared and Informed
Your interviewers are going to ask you certain very common things like ‘introduce yourself’, ‘Why do you want to do this particular program?’, ‘Why are preferring our university?’, ‘What is the purpose of taking this course?’. Be prepared for these very common questions, before the interview itself. Thinking good answers to such questions might get difficult under peer pressure. You must, therefore, be well prepared about every possible thing, beforehand. Furthermore, you should prepare the basics of the course you are applying for like, ‘Why the course is advantageous to pursue?’, and ‘What are its career prospects?’.
At last, after an interview, you can ask admission officers any of the university or academic-related queries you have in your mind. Nailing an interview is dependent only on the core factor of being well prepared. Hence, prepare and appear very well.
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