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Scholarship Interview – Key Tips to Ace the Interview, Do’s and Don’ts, Dress Code

A scholarship interview plays a significant role in the selection of scholars for various scholarship schemes. While many scholarships are just given on the basis of your submitted application, various other scholarship providers conduct a telephonic or face-to-face interview as part of their selection process. One of the prime reasons for providers conducting an interview is refining the selection process, especially in cases when there is a huge number of applications. 

Applicants must note that it is good news for them if they are getting a call for a scholarship interview from the provider. Now, the questions that arise are – Are you prepared for it? How will you appear for the interview? Are you ready with your answers? Read further to find answers to all these questions. Here, we have compiled the key tips to ace a scholarship interview.

Scholarship Interview Tip #1: Start with the Basics

To make sure that your interview goes smoothly, here are some of the basic tips that you must remember –

  • Keep yourself well-hydrated.
  • Make eye-contact with the interviewer while answering.
  • Dress formally for the interview.
  • Be honest and brief while answering the questions in the interview.
  • Do practice the answers to the questions as much as you can.
  • Do not beat around the bush while answering. Try giving to-the-point answers.
  • Enter the interview room with a positive attitude and a smile on your face.
  • Remember that there is nothing to be afraid of while asking questions for clarification.
  • Do not forget to thank the interviewer at the end of the interview.

    Scholarship Interview Tip #2: Be Punctual

    One of the most obvious points to remember for any interview is punctuality. Being late is surely going to create a negative impression on the interviewers. This shows that you lack interest in the scholarship that is being offered. Also, it’s disrespectful towards the interviewer. So, if you have received an interview call for any scholarship, you must be there before time. To do so, remember the following points –

    • Keep note of the time, date and venue (online or offline) for the interview.
    • Set a reminder on your mobile phones or in your diary.
    • If the interview is online, get ready with your laptop or mobile devices half an hour in advance. Also, please test your audio/video quality and internet connectivity in advance to avoid any disruption during the interview.
    • If the interview is offline, please check the location where you have to report for it.
    • If you are not aware of the location, take help of Google Maps and get an estimated time that you will require to reach the interview location. Plan your travel accordingly.
    • Remember, reaching early will not cost you anything. Rather, it will give you some time to relax and keep calm for the interview.

      Scholarship Interview Tip #3: Wear your Confidence

      Besides being well-dressed, you must also look confident for the interview. Your first meeting with the interviewers should create a lasting impact on them. A simple smile on your face can reflect your level of confidence to the interviewers. It can only happen if you – 

      • Dress comfortably (Note: It is important for you to dress formally, but make sure that you are comfortable in what you are wearing.)
      • Make eye contact with the interviewer while answering.
      • Come with your answers prepared.
      • Lighten your mood with some music or do what cheers you up before entering the interview hall.
      • Do not worry about the outcome or result of the interview.

        Scholarship Interview Tip #4: Prepare your Answers

        Standing blank in front of the interviewer is not going to work in your favor during a scholarship interview. Thus, it is advised to prepare well in-advance for the interview. To start your preparation, you need to prepare answers to some of the commonly-asked questions. Given below is the list of some key scholarship interview questions that you must know and have answers to –

        • Tell something about yourself.
        • Share your strengths and weaknesses.
        • What are your academic achievements?
        • Despite the academics, what extracurricular activities do you participate in?
        • Share your instance of how you overcame an obstacle or adversity in life.
        • Why should you get the scholarship?
        • What are your professional goals?

          Scholarship Interview Tip #5: Remember, it’s a Conversation

          Often, candidates create a hype about the scholarship interview which further results in increased anxiety and stress. This can adversely impact your performance in the interview. Thus, it is advisable to keep yourself calm and relaxed. Further, we would recommend not to consider your interview as a test. Rather, consider it as a conversation. The selection committee or interviewers are just willing to know you in a better way. You simply need to be honest to yourself while communicating with them.

          Scholarship Interview – FAQs

          ✔️ How should a candidate prepare for a scholarship interview?

          The preparation for an interview is a continuous process. You keep on evolving with every interview you appear for. Remember to carry all the important documents required for the interview to avoid any disqualification. Also, do not forget to carry your honesty, confidence and smile in the interview room. This will surely help during the interview process.

          ✔️ How to stand out in a scholarship interview?

          Since there are various other candidates as well who are appearing for the scholarship interview, creating an edge over others becomes important. The only mantra is be yourself, which is sufficient for you to stand out among others.

          ✔️ How do you introduce yourself in a scholarship interview?

          The way you introduce yourself to the interviewer creates your first impression. Start with a firm handshake or a simple namaste and then introduce yourself in a crisp manner. Make sure to include details like your name, family information, academic qualification and achievement, areas of interest, etc. in your introduction.

          ✔️For how long does a scholarship interview last?

          The time duration of a scholarship interview may vary from provider to provider. It may generally range from 15 minutes to an hour, depending upon the amount of scholarship being awarded and the organisation offering it.

          List of State Scholarship portal are as follows:

          Scholarships for Uttar Pradesh
          UP Scholarship
          Scholarships for Maharashtra
          Post Matric Scholarships disbursements through ePass
          Epass Scholarship
          Jnanabhumi online portal of Government of Andhra Pradesh
          scholarship portal of Jharkhand
          E Kalyan Scholarship
          Government of Madhya Pradesh, MP scholarships
          MP Scholarship
          Karnataka education board, ePASS Karnataka
          Epass Karnataka Scholarship
          TS epass scholarship is offrering by Telangana Govt
          Telangana Epass
          Scholarship Portal Government of Punjab
          Punjab Scholarship
          E-Grantz portal, Government of Kerala
          E Grantz
          Minorities under Government of Karnataka, GOKDOM
          Oasis scholarship portal, West Bengal scholarships
          Oasis Scholarship
          Chhattisgarh Scholarship Portal
          CG Scholarship Portal
          SJE Rajasthan Scholarship Portal, Government of Rajasthan
          SJE Scholarship
          Digital Gujarat scholarship, Government of Gujarat.
          Gujarat Scholarship
          HP ePass scholarship portal, Himachal Pradesh
          HP Epass Scholarship
          West Bengal Scholarship Schemes, West Bengal
          West Bengal Scholarship
          Government of Bihar Post-Matric scholarship SC/ST/BC/EBC
          Bihar Scholarship
          Scholarship for BC, MBC and Minorities, Govt of TamilNadu
          TN Scholarship

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