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Approaching Visa Interview Just Like Any Other Interview

All interviews are important since you are making an impression and persuading the interviewer to approve your cause. Though that’s the case, many people are still extra worried when it comes to the visa interview. Here are tips on how to approach visa interviews just like any other interviews.

  1. Research about the school, state, and the country

Knowing that you understand or at least familiar with the environment, culture, way of living and other important matters related to the school you want to be in can help you go into your interview with confidence. It will show your desire to study there.

  1. Clarify your “selling points”

Before you go to an interview, make sure you have prepared three or more selling points on why your visa must be approved. Be prepared to tell the consular officer why you want to study abroad – including what interests you about it, what rewards it offers that you find valuable, and what skills it requires that you possess to show your eagerness.

  1. Practice your answers to common interview questions

Jennifer Sudweeks, Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State who is serving as the U.S. Embassy’s non-immigrant visa chief in New Delhi, India, said there will just be certain topics that the consular officer would surely cover. The interview will be focused on four things – (1) Who are you and what are your ties? What is the story of your academic journey?; (2) What do you want to do? Where do you want to study? Why do you want to study that particular major or subject?; (3) How are you going to pay the university?; and (4) What do you want to do when you finish your studies?

Prepare your answers ahead of time and remember that answers must not be memorized. Try to be as conversational as you can.

  1. Anticipate the interviewer’s concerns and reservations

When preparing answers for the visa interview coverage, you must have thought of some concerns that may arise during the interview. This is usually about country ties, financial capability, non-immigrant intent, and others. Prepare for this as well to cover all your bases.

  1. Use the STAR method in answering questions

The star method is popular a popular structure used when spontaneously giving answers. STAR stands Situation, Task, Action, and Result. This structure will make sure that the answers you’ll provide and complete with ideas and examples narrated in an organized manner.

  1. Close on a positive note

Before the end of the interview, grab the opportunity to remind the consular officer of the reason for approving your visa application. Don’t sound too desperate, just express how excited you feel about it.