We tend to get nervous around the interviewers, and it affects the quality of our performance. Even if you are incredibly confident and witty, somehow in an interview, all of it vanishes with the room’s tension. It is best for an applicant to prepare before they wound up in an interview room to spare the horror of surprises.
You must address the elephant in your room; that means you have to overcome the fear of binding your better judgement. To do so, you need to scoop out all the details you can about the university and the course. Remember, there are more applicants like you sitting outside the hall from you who wish to study in the same university, and you have to be different from them and all the others who were interviewed before you. Study the course and everything that the university stands for; that will help you know what to avoid.
You need not be rigid and cold to look formal; you can be yourself as long as you carry yourself well. You can add appropriate jokes in your answers and try to win your way. It is advisable to know your subjects and the current affairs related to it when you go for an interview. No one will ask you theoretical questions but the simple ones that make sure you know what you have read.
You must go through your application essay where you have mentioned your achievements and goals because the interviewers tend to have the piece with them, and sometimes they ask questions related to it. Always arrive at the location at least fifteen minutes early. You do not want the first impression to be wrong, so it is best to arrive early and make sure you appear formal and promising. If you are late and your attire is messed up, it might not look good for you.
You should prepare some common questions asked in university interviews such as why you should be given a chance or how you stand out among all others, or why you are interested in the course. These questions need to be answered with confidence and assurance. It is best if you practice with your friends.
A smile goes a long way; You should remember to breathe and smile. Your face has to look calm and composed. You should ask questions and interact and not stare at the interviewer to answer him alone. The more you interact, the better. You can add snippets of information about your achievements during your answers if possible but do not keep boasting irrelevantly; it tends to bore them because they are already aware of this information. Give them out of the box and new things to think about; making you look very confident and determined.