Interviewing For a Business Scholarship

Business school scholarship interview

You’ve applied for a business school scholarship and made it to the interview stage. Now it’s time to prepare for the interview.

1. Practice with a Friend Anticipate questions from the interview and practice with a friend or colleague. Pay attention to eye contact and a pleasant speaking volume.

2. Do Your Research Find out about the organization or individual sponsoring the scholarship. Do you agree with their mission? How does it apply to you? Knowing basic knowledge about a sponsoring agency shows that you appreciate the scholarship opportunity.

3. Arrive Early First impressions begin with arrival. It’s best to arrive 10 minutes before the interview is to take place. Find out exactly where you need to be. Anticipate weather and traffic and plan accordingly. If you know you’re going to be late, contact someone and let them know your estimated time of arrival.

4. Dress Appropriately Appropriate clothing shows that you’re serious about the interview. Men should wear a jacket and tie and women should wear a suit or a conservative dress or skirt. Avoid T-shirts, jeans and casual clothing. You should wear appropriate shoes as well — no flip flops, sandals or sneakers.

5. Think Before You Speak Don’t rush to answer questions. The interviewer is looking for candid, concise answers from you. It’s okay to think about a question for a few moments before you answer.

6. Be Honest Don’t misrepresent yourself. The interviewer is looking for honest answers. Lying during an interview will only hurt you in the long run.

7. Stay Positive While you need to be honest, it is important to stay positive. It’s okay to talk about difficult experiences or situations, but try to avoid sounding negative. No one wants to hear about professors, bosses or classes that you dislike.

8. Avoid Offensive Remarks Keep your conversation upbeat and do not use potentially offensive remarks. This can include jokes or comments with racial, sexual, religious or political overtones. Also avoid vulgar or curse words.

9. Turn Off Your Cell Phone Do not answer your cell phone during the interview. Make sure you turn off your phone or any other electronic device that can potentially interrupt the interview.

10.Go Alone Go to the interview by yourself. Do not take your parents, siblings, friends or anyone else with you. If someone is giving you a ride, ask them to remain in the car or elsewhere.

11. Make Eye Contact It’s important to make eye contact during the interview. It shows that you are confident and not afraid of the questions or the process.

12. Talk About Yourself Don’t be afraid to talk about yourself and your accomplishments. Assume that the interviewer knows nothing about you.

13. Ask Your Own Questions Have one or two questions ready to ask during or at the end of the interview. It reinforces your interest and demonstrates your preparation.

14. Thank the Interview for His/Her Time At the end of the interview, be sure to thank the interviewer for his or her time.

15. Follow Up with a Note Send a thank you note or e-mail a day or two after the interview as a follow-up gesture.