There are some scholarships requires an interview in addition to the application packet. These are usually very competitive scholarships. Here are tips of how to ace any interview.

  • Dress professionally. The interview invitation usually specifies to dress professionally. That is not a request. I have seen students get thrown out of interviews because they were not dress properly. Even if it’s not specified you will stand out because you are well dressed.
  • Be early. You never want the interviewer(s) waiting you. You want this scholarship? Prove it by being early.
  • Have an answer for the question “What do you want to do when you graduate from college?” I know that seems like a long time from now and you may change your mind but have something to say.
  • Have an answer for the question “Why do you need this scholarship?” or “Why should we give this scholarship to you?” The interviewer(s) knows college is expensive. What circumstances in your life makes college harder to afford? Make sure you go into detail.
  • Never say “um.” I know this is hard, but try not to say “um”. Say a word or phase that gives you time to think like “That’s a really good question.”
  • Expand your answers. The interviewer(s) need to get to know you. The more you can tell about yourself the better.
  • Be yourself. You are 17- or 18-years-old. No one expects you to be perfect. Answer the questions honestly.
  • Think fast. You may be asked strange questions. Go with the first answer that comes to your mind. Those questions are used to see how you react to challenges or surprises. You giving a decent answer is all that is expected.