How to Succeed in Your Interview


interviewsYou did it and convinced a foundation of your written application. Now it is only to master the interview.What your interlocutors require of you and how you win it for you.

To the interview for a scholarship many myths. Many participants are previously particularly excited because they do not know what to expect. In fact, you can up the interview to prepare, because the process is in most Begabtenförderungswerke the same. It consists of four parts:

  1. Presentation: The interviewer says a few sentences about yourself and then asks you, introduce yourself. During your presentation, he hooked one at interesting stops your CV and asking precisely to. Therefore you should all stations your CV can develop with interesting information.
  2. Critical demands: Your interlocutor tests whether you can deal with critical issues. Popular questions are "Why should be included just you?" or "Why you have not been involved up to now socially?"
  3. Current affairs and general knowledge: Towards the end of the conversation often develops a discussion on the political events of the day or another topical issue. Mostly the interviewer gives you the chance to choose a topic by asking whether you've read lately newspaper and what topic you has interested the most.
  4. Your question: At the end of the interview you get the chance to ask their own questions. Question anything that you could answer by Internet research, receive about how much money you through the scholarship would. Instead, you should ask open-ended questions where the interviewer can tell from his own experience, for example, "You yourself were also scholarship, right? Which part of promotion did you like best?".


The self-concept is an important part in the interview, since it is the first thing the interviewer hears from you, and therefore influenced the further course of the conversation. Therefore you should prepare this part particularly well. The following errors you can easily avoid by trying to practice your self-introduction in advance:

  • The self-introduction should be no more than 5 minutes and have a clear end. You can not get tempted continues to talk. So you could stand out negatively.
  • Many make the mistake of too much to describe abstract concepts, such as: "... I am an active team player, empathic and resilient in teams I always assume the leadership role I am also very interested intercultural" Such statements are problematic because everyone could say such a thing by itself. Talk instead have received from concrete successes as your editorial work for the school newspaper in the 10th grade and what prices you for it.
  • As in the resume, so your childhood is rather trivial in the interview. So Mention it briefly and then go on a rather more recent things.
  • For your self-introduction is not the monotonous monologue, you make your interviewer include early, by asking him with questions.

For a good self-introduction, the following structure is recommended:

  1. Introduce yourself by name and current study status. Then you, the interviewer immediately classify and maybe it fall again stations from your resume a, he has previously flown.
  2. Tell briefly, where you come from and where you went to school.
  3. Place an interim Ask the interviewer about whether he knows your hometown.
  4. Tell something about your social engagement during school hours.
  5. Explain how you came to your studies. Here you can send on internships, student competitions or your professional work point.
  6. Close your artist's statement from a view. For this you tell how your plans for the next few months look. 

Explaining the own resume

Much of the conversation revolves around your own career and the stations of your CV. Practice, therefore, to talk about each station your CV. For the STAR principle is.

The acronym STAR stands for:

  1. situation
  2. task
  3. Action
  4. Result

Using this configuration, you can transform any station of your CV in an exciting story. Suppose the interviewer asks you about your involvement in a student initiative. After the STAR principle then offers the following response:

  1. Situation: "When I then joined Engage eV, it was the initiative just not so good We had lost our main sponsor in the previous semester, so that there was no money at all corners and ends has been already considered, shut the initiative... "
  2. Task: "That's why no one wanted to take the post of Chief Financial Officer I then reported me voluntarily, although no one had ever exercised a management position in the first half of a sudden I had the responsibility to solve our money problem..."
  3. Action: "Then I started together with two members of my team a big sponsorship Action We have created completely new sponsoring packages and auditioned over 20 companies At the beginning we were very shy at the end we were really good in the acquisition... "
  4. Result: "At the end of the semester we had found two new main sponsors order for our continued existence was only times saved I'm really happy about the fact that there is still this initiative today - I have learned a lot there..." 

Typical interview questions

Some questions are evergreens in the interview. Therefore, you should to the following questions in advance to prepare well in order to provide an appropriate response in case of emergency can:

  • Why did you choose your course of study?
  • Where do you see yourself in five / ten / twenty years?
  • Why just you be accommodated?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Can you tell me about a situation where you have had a conflict in a team?
  • Can you report a situation in which you have made an intercultural experience?
  • Why you do not have an internship / not yet involved in social / They had not gone abroad?

The best interviews are conversations

The best interviews are no interrogations, but have talking character. Many interviewers are happy when they are not only issues but also can talk about their experiences. Finally, they must provide all day questions and listen.

Therefore, you should not wait until the end of the interview to you something ask, because then questions are practically mandatory. If you already nachfragst during the interview, you show yourself open and interested.

The best are questions that arise from the discussion:

  • If you are asked for your opinion, you can at the end of your answer ask, "And what do you think?"
  • If you are asked why did you apply and know that your interviewer was also a scholarship, you can at the end of your answer ask, "Why you have applied at the time?"
  • If you talk about your thesis and can ask your interviewer accurately than you would have expected from a professional stranger ".? Exciting, think you know so well where does the"

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