Tips for Interviewing

Before Interview

  1. The purpose of the interview is for the selection panel to know more about you, your work experience, and your personal and career aspirations. It would be helpful to prepare a list of points you would like to highlight about yourself.
  2. Familiarise yourself with your application. The panel would usually ask you to clarify or explain some of the things you have written in your application.
  3. Do some research on your chosen field of study and your chosen university and prepare some justification as to why you have chosen them.
  4. Think about your career goals and how studying in Australia would be useful for you to achieve those goals.
  5. Think of how you intend to use the knowledge gained from Australia to make a contribution to your community, organisation or Laos as a whole. This is something the interview panel will certainly explore with you.
  6. Try to research or think of other possible questions that might be asked at the interview. Remember that interview questions require much more than yes, no or maybe answers. It would be good to prepare and practice responses to such questions. Even if the questions you are asked in the interview are different from the ones you prepared for, the practice will make you more familiar with the technique of answering questions. Make sure to provide examples, especially from your own experiences.
  7. Finding a friend or colleague to role play an interview with you can also be a helpful way to prepare and practice. You should also consider taking a turn to role play the interviewer so you are familiar with what it feels like to be an interviewer asking questions as well as the interviewee who answers them.
  8. There are many resources on the internet to help you prepare for an “Australian” style of interview.

During the Interview

  1. Arrive at the interview venue at least 20 minutes before your schedule. You will need to present your ID to an LAI staff for verification.
  2. When your interview time comes, you will be invited into a room where a set of main interview questions, a pen and clean papers are provided for you think of answers and take notes ahead of the interview. You are allowed to take the notes to the interview room.
  3. The interview will be conducted in English.
  4. When you enter the interview room, the interview chairperson will explain the interview procedure to you, after which each interviewer will take turns to ask you questions
  5. Try to be as relaxed as possible. This can be achieved if you are well prepared.
  6. Be direct to the point when responding to questions.
  7. If you are presented with a difficult question, do not hesitate to seek clarification. Some difficult questions may be well answered with examples. Hence, it would be helpful to think of some beforehand.
  8. When giving examples, it would be good if they are your own. It is always better if you talk about your own personal experience.
  9. At the end of the interview, the panel will give you an opportunity to ask questions or provide comments. Feel free to bring up things you believe will highlight your strengths, even if they may not have been raised by the interviewers.

Note: If you have a disability and require adjustments at the interview, we encourage you to inform the Scholarships Team ahead of time.

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