Common Interview Mistakes

Common Interview Mistakes

Avoid These Common (but Critical) Interview Mistakes


Making the decision to study abroad is one of the best things that you can do for your future career.


The experiences that you acquire from international travel and education shows that you are willing to take risks, and that you are able to quickly adapt to ever-changing surroundings. It indicates to future employers that you have the ability to problem solve and to see things from another’s perspective. It demonstrates that you are an individual who can make goals for him or herself, and then accomplish those goals. These invaluable skills can lead to better job prospects and more opportunities down the line.  


Whether you have decided to finish your undergrad education in Australia, complete an MBA in the United States, or pursue a new career path in Canada, the interview is arguably the most important part of the application process.


The interview gives both parties the chance to get a sense of the other’s personality, and determine whether it would be a good fit. It also allows you to ask any outstanding questions that you may have about the specific school or programme. Whether conducted over the phone or face-to-face, the interview process gives you the opportunity to make a great impression and set yourself apart from the competition.


Just make sure that you stand out for the right reasons, and that you do not make any of these critical mistakes that are often overlooked. Signing up with Karan Gupta Consulting can help you avoid making these interview mistakes and with our guidance you are sure to ace your admission interview.


Don’t rehearse a script.

Based on the type of program you are applying to, there are common questions that you can expect to be asked. For example: “Why do you want to study abroad in Australia?” or, “Why do you want to be a part of our MBA programme?” And while it’s important to think through your answers beforehand, do not try to commit a lengthy answer to memory; at the end of the day, it will sound forced and inauthentic. Instead, when you are preparing for the interview, jot down a few points that can act as prompts for your answer.


Be confident, but not overconfident.

It’s important to talk about your accomplishments and the positive attributes that you would bring to a school or workplace. After all, if you don’t believe in yourself or your abilities, why should the interviewer? Just remember that there is a big difference between being self-assured and being arrogant. Be sure to talk about the contributions you made to a larger team effort, and never take credit for or talk badly about another person’s work.


Have examples ready.

The interviewer will definitely want to know that you are a natural leader, or have experience with conducting surveys. However, it’s not enough to just list attributes or areas of knowledge. Come armed with examples from your professional, educational, or personal life that can back up these claims.


Come prepared.

Be sure to demonstrate to the interviewer that you have done your homework and that you have come to the meeting fully prepared. Nothing will ruin an interview quicker than showing that you do not know basic things about the programme or school you are applying to. To stand out, show that you have not only done your research, but that you have prepared thoughtful and insightful questions. Also, be sure to have copies of all of your materials. 


Keep it a two-way conversation.

Remember, this isn’t just a chance for the interviewer to get to know you. Make sure that you also use this time to learn more about the school or programme; just be sure that you don’t ask questions that you should already know, and which can easily be found on the programme’s website.


Show that you care.

Interviewers are looking for individuals that they think will be a good fit and thrive in their programme; not someone they are worried will want to go home after two weeks. Show that you are enthusiastic and that you have a sense of what to expect in the new country and school. You should also show that you care by making sure that you are appropriately dressed for the interview, and if appropriate, by sending a follow up “thank you” note.


Think through the logistics.

There are a bunch of things that can go wrong and make for an uncomfortable interview. Try to prepare yourself as best as possible, so that you can focus on making a good impression. For example, if the interview is in person, make sure you know where you are going and you leave yourself plenty of time to get there. If the interview is over the phone, be sure you’ll have a quiet environment and reliable reception beforehand.


By avoiding these mistakes, you will be well on your way to a successful interview and application. For more information specifically about preparing for MBA interviews, be sure to check out this blog post.

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