How to Ace Your Scholarship Interview

In Paying for College on Jun 07, 2016

Most scholarships require more than just a simple application. You may be asked to complete a number of additional requirements, such as an essay, a video submission, or an interview. While you can create multiple drafts of an essay or a video, you only get one chance at an interview. But no need to worry! We’ll help you ace that interview!

The most important thing to do before any interview is prepare. Research your interviewer before you meet him or her. A great way to do this could be to check out his or her LinkedIn profile. Study up on the administering agency as well. Check out their site so you can learn things such as the history of the organization and its mission statement. Another smart tip would be prepare answers ahead of time for common interview questions. Some questions you may come across could include: What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are your academic goals? What do you do in your free time?

If you want the scholarship, dress the part! Dress as you would for a professional interview. Do not wear jeans or anything in poor condition. Stick to business casual clothing such as dresses, slacks, or skirts. The more professional you look, the more seriously your interviewer will take you!

You’ve done your research and you’re dressed professionally – the next step is to make sure you answer questions honestly. If you do not understand one of the questions, ask your interviewer to clarify. Don’t bend the truth when it comes to your abilities or qualifications either. Stretching the truth in a scholarship will only harm you in the long run.

Finally, just be yourself! If you were invited to interview for the scholarship, you are clearly qualified to receive the award. Show your interviewers what makes you stand out against the other candidates. And it’s okay if you get a little nervous, too. Interviewers understand that scholarship interviews are stressful, so a small bout of nerves won’t be held against you! Just let your personality shine through and answer all questions to the best of your ability. 

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