Candidates preparing for a university job interview suffer from anxiety, as a symptom of lack of confidence. Our suggestion to overcome any inefficiency in that area is to prepare as best you can. Don't just prepare yourself to succeed, don't prepare yourself just to make a good impression, prepare yourself to surpass, prepare yourself to be their first choice, prepare to absolutely make it. Having a successful first contact with the academic community will lay the foundation for thriving as an undergraduate. It's not just about passing the interview, it's about how you see yourself in their department in the future. Today we will try to give you the perspective that an inexperienced candidate needs to get off to a good start.

  1. What to expect
    What can you expect from them and what can you expect from yourself? This is actually where the game is played. The expectations of the interviewers are the same for each candidate. What the candidates expect of themselves is what sets them apart from the competition. You can think of this interview as a preliminary experience of what will come in an interview. Obviously, you are expected to be smartly dressed and super polite to your interviewers, as well as being prepared for the frequently asked questions you will be asked.

    The most important thing is to overcome the fear of the initial introduction, which always says a few things about yourself. After that, there are some frequently asked questions to expect when undergoing a job interview. These are things interviewers expect you to have your research on. Why are you interested in this college? What are your academic weaknesses and strengths? How do you see yourself in terms of your work in 10 years? These are just some of the questions you would expect to hear. Make sure you have an answer for all questions and that it is clear. Do not hesitate to bring evidence of previous achievements, such as a portfolio or exam results, to enforce your candidacy.

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    If something is underway and you don't have very good exam results, share the problems you may have faced and your speculations, and don't leave any unspoken criticism behind your efforts. Now, even as you continue in the interview, many candidates choose their parents to join them through this stressful experience. However, we expect you to make one more attempt and overcome yourself. Be brave and don't let the presence of your parents influence this important day. Make sure their expectations will be reflected in an accomplished performance on your behalf.

  2. What They Expect
    People interviewing university candidates are likely to be your future professors or people you may have to work with in the future. a scientific publication or the conduct of an experiment. These people want you to succeed and are looking for their future assistants and colleagues. Just like in a job interview, the people who seem to be there to judge you are actually looking for partners to work with. They don't expect you to act like a student who knows pretty much everything. They will be happy to hear your questions and let you share about your enthusiasm for meeting new people and managing your own finances. They expect that you are not only prepared for the questions about yourself, but that you also have questions about their institution. What do they have to offer you? It's a two-way process and this is what they want to see.

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    They want to see the ambition on your face, your attitude and your questions. Their expected questions imply this perspective. When they will ask you "what do you plan to contribute to this school?" This is exactly what they are looking for. They expect you to give them a good reason to choose you over another candidate. They also need to understand that this is their school, is your choice and it is not something you have decided to impress your family members. Always step into someone else's shoes and you will see that this is the right way to perform best.


Written by Anna Siampani .