School Interviews Ace them like a pro

Getting Started

Hello there, I guess that you're worrying a bit about your next school interview, right? But don't worry. Everything you will need to master is covered in this simple guide. Read through, understand and use it. You'll be a pro in no time! If not... prepare to fail! So set your mind on this and dive into one of the most simple, yet useful guides ever made.

Sections

Here are the following sections which we will be read through:

  • Appearance
  • Behaviour
  • The interviewer
  • Homework
  • Questions
  • Practice
"looks are worth caring for"

Appearance

Starting off with appearance is important. Many people tend to judge according to looks. If the interviewer sees you wearing flip flops and a tank-top, he/she will think that you're way too laid back and lazy. Formal clothing and good posture is perfect for your interview. But don't try to look like a businessman or a president in disguise. It ruins the show. Just remember to keep it neat and clean. Focus on the following when it comes to appearance:

  • Neatness
  • posture
  • clothing

Questions

It is a good idea to ask questions when taking the interview because you have the opportunity to discover and find out more from a specific point of view. It also allows your perspective to be broadened to certain points and you can benefit from that in your first year at the school.

It’s also good to have questions because it creates the impression of you being motivated and interested in obtaining an admission for the school. It also allows you to know and learn what one wouldn’t normally explain.

"research equals success"

Homework

No, I'm not talking about heaps of schoolwork, I'm talking about research. Your job is to research about the school, it’s features and what’s good or bad about it.

You will require this because a certain level of background knowledge is important whenever you’re taking an interview like the one you’re about to take. It makes you look prepared and reduces the need to ask questions which make you look unprepared and careless.

Here's a questionnaire, which out of the following would be most important info when doing your research:

  1. State of bathrooms
  2. Activities (sports, clubs etc.)
  3. internet

Answer: 2

"Be Curious, discover more"

Question

It is a good idea to ask questions when taking the interview because you have the opportunity to discover and find out more from a specific point of view. It also allows your perspective to be broadened to certain points and you can benefit from that in your first year at the school.

It’s also good to have questions because it:

  • creates the impression of you being motivated
  • makes you look interested in obtaining an admission for the school.
  • It also allows you to know and learn what one wouldn’t normally explain.

Practice

Before you go anywhere near to starting your interview, it’s highly recommended that you take a mock (practice) interview with an adult whom you don’t know too well. The reason why you should choose an adult you don’t know too well is because you need to train yourself under the circumstances of having a stranger talk to you while at the same time being a confident individual and making your choices/decisions right.

Collect feedback and advice from the individual, reflect on what you have done so far and do what you have to do in order to improve. The results have been tested and those who took practice interviews fared to be more experienced, relaxed and confident in what they were saying and doing.

The interviewer

It’s best to know the interviewer a bit more, in terms of nature, preference, etc. But not in a personal way! Getting to know the interviewer a bit more eases the tension and constructs a bond between you and the interviewer. Here's a short list to make it clear:

  • go beyond: ask questions and uncover some hidden information
  • Try to find choices and preferences of the interviewer
  • Do not extract any personal information
"First impression always counts"

Behaviour

Imagine yourself in the middle of a discussion or a serious interview. I bet that you will yawn and show some lack of interest. In the case of the interview you’re about to take, behaviour like that shall NOT BE TOLERATED

It is important to show interest, respect and go with the flow. This reflects on your character and it shows what kind of person you are. The saying “First impressions always count” apply in this case.

Take your interview!

Here we are. The end of the article. Hopefully you've been able to suck up most of what's been shown. You know why? Another questionnaire awaits you below this paragraph:

How should you dress up for your interview?

  1. Flip flops and a stained shirt
  2. Dressed up as Ronald Mcdonald
  3. A decent formal set of clothes

How would you greet/start off the interview?

  1. "Oi, why do you look so tired?
  2. "Sup, haven't seen you in ages"
  3. "Hello, my name is ______"

Which of the following should you not do during the interview

  1. Look into the interviewer's eyes during the interview
  2. Pick your nose
  3. Be positive and cheerful

If you've got all of them right, good for you because you are a genius. You are safe to take your interview and seek success in enrolling into a new school! If you fail your interview, which has a 30-40% chance of happening, trash all my advice and get some genuine counselling (just kidding). This guide is guaranteed to boost your chances of being a top pick during a school interview. Good luck!

Created By
Saiesh Pai
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