Spring semester is in full swing now, and that means scholarships. In less than a month, Mississippi College will be hosting President Scholarship interviews. Most competitive scholarships for universities require an interview, which is incredibly intimidating, especially to someone who has never undergone a rigorous interview. I remember shaking in my shoes the day of my Mississippi College interview, and as someone who has been there, I have some tips to help you succeed in your interview.
I'm not going to lie. To prepare for my interview at MC, I created a chart entitled "The Game Plan: Scholarship Success." This chart listed interview and outfit tips and had an envelope full of potential interview questions. Making a chart might not work for you, but doing mock interviews or practicing answering questions while looking in a mirror might. You're the person who knows yourself best, so spend some time in self-reflection, and decide what helps you prepare.
Learn to Talk About Yourself
I know that sounds weird, but this interview is your chance to shine. Before I prepared to my interview, I had a difficult time discussing my accomplishments in a Christ-like way. I either became too proud or self-depreciating, neither of which is appropriate. Think about common interview questions, such as what you've accomplished that makes you proud, what your strengths are, and what your weaknesses are. Then, learn to talk about yourself with confidence while walking in a manner worthy of your calling.
Dress for Success*
Two words: Business Attire. Unless otherwise stated, you should be putting your best foot forward. For ladies, this means a suit, a simple, modest dress, and nice flats or heels. For men, I would suggest a collared shirt with either slacks or khakis. Dress it up with a tie or blazer.
*I would also advise putting a little extra effort into your routine the day of your interview. Comb/do your hair, put on makeup, and accessorize appropriately. Maybe subtly throw a hint of the school's colors in a tie or necklace. If you're traveling the day before, be sure to pack everything you need.
You've practiced answering interview questions, and you have carefully chosen your outfit. When it comes time for actual interview, relax and be confident. Most importantly, be yourself, and remember, Psalm 34:10 says, "Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing."
Throughout this entire process, pray. Prayer is powerful and life-altering. Pray before your interview and after. Give thanks if you are one of the chosen recipients. Seek the Lord's comfort if you aren't.