Every day a lot of scholarships are advertised and are given to students who are unable to afford the cost of studying abroad. To be able to get these scholarships, there are many tough interview questions students have to deal with.
Students do not need to have any fear as schools normally get finance for scholarships from government which means they usually have scholarships to give to people. The only issue that can occur is when there are a lot of people in need of few scholarships which can lead to a lot of competition. In this situation the way you answer the interview questions can go a long way in determining if you get the scholarship.
Below is a list of common questions and ways to answer them. The idea is that you do not appear to look desperate but appear like a person who loves to study but requires some support to do so.
QUESTION 1: Introduce yourself
Interviewers do not know much about you so when introducing yourself talk about how much you will like to study in the school as well as your poor financial situation with facts. Do not discuss the scholarship, simply introduce yourself and talk about your situation.
QUESTION 2: Why did you choose the school and course of study?
The way to answer this question is by talking about you plans for the future and what you intend to do after school. This will enable the interviewers see how serious you are about your career and feel you deserve the scholarship
QUESTION 3: How do you plan to use your scholarship?
This is a very popular question. Come along with a list of your monthly expenses including cost for feeding, accommodation, transport, books and more. Once the interviewers see a proper breakdown of your costs and how much you need their support they may consider you for the scholarship.
QUESTION 4: What is so special about you that you should receive this scholarship?
If you are applying for a reward scholarship, it is better to state the reasons you think you deserve the scholarship on paper. In general we advise you use paper often in answering questions as school officers like this a lot. So you state on paper why you believe this scholarship is for you.
QUESTION 5: What plans do you have for the school?
Most schools will like to give scholarships to students who they believe can bring something special or add some value to the school. So if you are an athlete or an event planner you can state how you will represent the school or host an event that will help promote the school.
At the end of the day this may not happen but is worth mentioning during the interview so the school knows you have their interest at heart.