Essay on How to Ace an Interview

1558 Words Aug 25th, 2013 7 Pages
A good interview is vital to your scholarship application. It's an opportunity to supplement your credentials with the kind of impression that can't be put on paper. However for most, interviews are a major source of stress. Keep the anxiety level under control by thinking ahead and following these tips from a scholarship expert.
Before the interview you should:

Research the organization and its business sector thoroughly to get a good idea of their background - look at their web site, ensure that you are up to date on any 'live' media issues relating to the organization. Work this information into the interview to show how serious you are about receiving the scholarship.
Find out who will be interviewing you - it could
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What if, despite your logistical preparations, you are late or arrive with a big coffee stain on your shirt. Well, you now have the opportunity to exhibit the grace under pressure and ability to adapt that has gotten you so far already.
Acknowledge the problem (“I had a mid-semester exam”), apologize if appropriate (“I’m so sorry to have delayed our scheduled meeting”) and then move on.
Don’t continue to focus on the initial negative; try to get the process moving forward so you can shine. (“I realize that I’m late but I’m very interested in participating in the interview if you are ready to move forward.”)
What if you can’t think of a good answer to a question that’s been posed? Or, you can’t even think of a bad answer because your mind has gone blank? Again, grace under pressure is key.
Explain that you’re having a mental block on that topic just now and ask if it’s possible to come back to the question a bit later. Or, suggest that it’s a really interesting question that has prompted a lot of different ideas for you and you’d like to take a moment to organize your thoughts.
In situations such as this one, it is sometimes suggested that while you take a moment to think, others can freshen their drinks (or something) so that you aren’t groping for an answer while several sets of eyes are watching your mental athletics.

There are a lot more possible what-ifs. The key is to remain

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