An Overview of a Scholarship and Ways to Conquer a Scholarship Interview!
Types of scholarships
Things to do before you apply for a scholarship
1. Do your own research
If the application and interview are both successful, you are the recipient who will enjoy the full benefits of the scholarship after all. So take the initiative to do extensive research about the scholarship, in terms of the amount, the terms and conditions, the deadline of application and so on. Be independent; always make sure you have all your necessary documents certified and certificates ready for evaluation. Make sure you know about the background and basic information of the university / corporation that you are applying to.
2. Discover your motivation of applying the scholarship
3. Build your confidence
What do interviewers actually look for?
3. Leadership Quality & Participation in Co-curricular Activities
4. Speaking skills
5. Positive Attitude
Lastly, here are some simple reminders on the dos and don’ts during a scholarship interview
1. Be Early
2. Dress professionally
3. Be polite and friendly
Greet your interviewers as soon as you enter the room. If there is a need to interrupt them during the session, do it politely (for instance, saying I’m sorry to interrupt… or Excuse me… if you need them to repeat the questions). Always use proper sentences, speak gently and clearly. Most importantly, do not forget to SMILE when you are conversing with them.
4. Be honest and positive
When it comes to the Q & A sessions, stick to what you REALLY know. Do not exaggerate and do not lie about things you do not know at all. Also, be willing to share honestly about your family, your situation that makes you apply for the scholarship. If you are facing difficulties in terms of finance and family, do not hesitate to tell the truth. It would enable the interviewers to understand your situation better.
5. Ask good questions
You can also ask the interviewers questions after your Q and A session is over. Ask questions that will leave a deep impression (in a good way of course!). For instance, you can ask them about what are other options that you can consider if you did not get this scholarship/ ways to improve yourself for interviews. Do not ask silly questions such as questioning the amount of scholarship given or comparing this scholarship to another one.