7 tips for interview success

Getting to the interview stage of the Chevening application process is a significant achievement. What can you do now in preparation for acing the interview?

Congratulations to everyone who has made it this far! It really is something to be very proud of.

To support you in the next stage of your Chevening journey, we’ve collated 7 tips to help you prepare for your interview.

1. Think about why you want to join our diverse and supportive community

Have you given thought to how the people you meet on your Chevening journey might be able to help you achieve your career goals?

Class of 2020 Chevening Scholar, Fabricio Bonecini de Almeida, told us last year that he was most excited by the international nature of the Chevening community. He hopes that joining our community will offer him fresh and enriching perspectives that come from learning about other people’s experiences, challenges and resolutions for years to come.

Find out more about how Fabricio intends to leverage the Chevening network to help him realise his dream of increasing education standards in Brazil.

2. Plan your short, mid, and long-term goals

We can’t wait to understand your goals and aspirations in more detail. Make sure you can clearly articulate the impact achieving your career goals would have in your home country.

We’ll also want assurance that your career goals are realistic and achievable!

3. Explore our reasons for studying in the UK

The UK is not only home to some of the world’s best universities. There are so many reasons to study in the UK. Check out just a few of them here.

 4. Research your course and university

Chevening Awards are given to those who will benefit most from the academic excellence UK universities are famous for. Remember to give real thought to how your chosen course will bring you closer to achieving your dreams for the future.

Hear from Class of 2019 Chevening Scholar, Dian Maya Safitri, about why she chose to study Public Policy at the London School of Economics.

5. Think back to all your relevant achievements to date

Make sure you can talk about them in detail.

Building on the examples you provided in your application form would be a great place to start.

6. We’re sure you’d fit right in. Are you?

The Chevening network is made up of people who come from a diverse range of different backgrounds, are of different ages and often have vastly different life experiences, but they all share an enthusiasm, tenacity and unyielding resolve for creating positive change. Tell us why you’d fit right in!

Find out more about the impact of Chevening Alumni around the world.

7. Practice your listening skills

Practice and prepare before the interview.

During the interview, make sure you’ve turned off any distractions, make eye contact with your interviewer and wait until they’ve finished asking the question before replying. Try to listen carefully to what they’re saying.

Don’t be afraid to ask them to repeat the question if you need them to.

Hear Chevening Alumna Shanoy Coombs’ advice for becoming a good listener.

Good luck to each and every one of you! We can’t wait to welcome those of you who are successful to the Chevening community next year.

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