10 Tips to Crack Student Visa
Finally everything is good to go! You have identified the course you want to study, the country you want to study it from, as well as the best colleges for it, and you have now received your own selection letter! The tickets have been booked, your wardrobe change is all in place and you have even identified housing near your university. But there is one tiny yet crucial detail missing- your student visa. And to apply for one, you need a number of documents as well as a scheduled one-on-one interview, which is nothing short of scary. But fikar not, for we at HoopersGroup have come up with 10 extremely useful tips which will help you in impressing your interviewer, and attaining your ticket to studying abroad:
1. Brush up on Your Grammarlink2
It is very important for you to convince your interviewer that you will be able to comprehend exactly what the teacher says and that you will be able to make the best out of this opportunity. And conveying this is not half as important as your spoken English skills. Most universities in the UK, USA, and Australia ask for an IELTS GPA above 6 or 7, which you need to display to your interviewer. However, you must also practice and brush up your grammar, just in case. This will give you a lot of confidence, especially while you answer tricky questions, and will put on a good first impression with the person interviewing you.
2. Prepare Your Answerlink3
In any given interview, there are a few questions the person conducting it will ask. So if you have a definite answer to those first few questions, your confidence will boost up and the rest of it all will be easy-peasy. And because we at HoopersGroup are extremely nice, here are a few important interview questions:
- Tell me about yourself.
- Why "university name"?
- Why "country name"?
- What are your future goals?
- Would you wish to continue living in "country" even after your study period concludes?
- How would you adjust to the atmosphere in "country" ?
- Why not choose your home country for further studies?
- What area are you going to live at in "country" ?
- Do you have relatives there?
- Have you ever been to "country" before?
- What is your current GPA / IELTS / SAT score?
Practice, hold dummy interviews with your friends, relatives and parents, and then practice some more. Remember, confidence is the key to everything.
3. Dress Nice
Well, this one is a no brainer. It is the first and foremost rule for cracking your interview. You must always wear business formals.Which means a big no for jeans and a t-shirt! Ladies, make sure you wear long skirts or dresses, and a blazer to top your outfit off.Remember to go light on the makeup, and a ponytail is always advisable, for all those times you get an interviewer who just might screw things up for you based on what you are wearing.Men, please shave! Or at least maintain your beard. Remember kids, neat attire is a selected attire!
4. Knowledge is Power
It is very important for you to read your application, again and again, and again. This way you will be more sure of yourself and are ready to face all the questions for your interview.It is also advisable to read up a little bit about the country that you are going to, like what type of government it follows and the likes of it.What is also advisable is that you read basic laws given to International students by your country, and how your health insurance system works.These will not only help you pass your interview but also give you a little bit of information on what you will be exposed to. Reading will always help people.
5. Take Frequent Pauses
We get it, you are nervous. But slow down. While you are talking about yourself, you must pause often, and make sure that he or she can understand what you want to convey. It can get a little tricky for both parties because of accent issues, so be prepared to stop in the middle, or ask your interviewer to stop and repeat what they said. Another important thing - DO NOT FAKE YOUR ACCENT! Then you come across as a pretentious person, and we dont want that now do we?
6. On that note, Panic Attacks are NOT Allowed!
Stay focused. Do not get distracted by negative thoughts and panic attacks are definitely not allowed. It is just a small interview, and this too shall pass! To avoid stage fright, practice interviews with as many people as possible. Your interviewer might put you in a position of difficulty, repeatedly questioning you on simple topics. This is just a test, and you need to stick to your answers.
7. Honesty is the Best Policy
This point cannot be stressed enough, but please be as honest as possible for your interview. If you dont know the answer then politely tell the interviewer. They will not judge you, promise. Just, dont lie. Because if you do, then they will ask you follow up questions and it will all become messy and you will eventually get caught. So we tell you this again, lying will get you nowhere. Listen to your mother.
8. Be Punctual
Difficult, we know. But this also has an impression on most interviewers. Try to reach at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time. You might have to wait a while, but that is much better than being late. Your management skills are being tested here, sail through carefully.
9. Body Language Matters
As much as your words, actually. Sit properly, no fidgeting, no fingers inside the nose and no scratching heads. Your hands should be placed in your lap, and your feet should not be crossed. Straight back, please. These might seem like little things, but all little things matter. You need to pay attention to your hand gestures, too. The gestures cannot be too many, and not too little either. But make a lot of eye-contact. And of course, practice!
10. A Positive Outlook is Important
This tip might seem useless, but you must understand that positivity can help you in the long term. While talking to the interviewer, always make sure your responses to questions are positive to some degree. If for instance, they ask you what your weaker points are, mention the ones which will not have an effect on your application, and always end with a "But I am working on it". And work on them in real life too! Your positive disposition will definitely land you your visa!
Have a great experience! And be confident, you will definitely clear this interview!