Every year, many middle school students apply to join private schools. Competition is fierce for many of these schools. Test takers look at many things like grades, test scores, extracurricular activities, and interview.
Part 1 of 4: look good
Step 1. Sleep well and eat well
You need to look healthy, awake, and engaged, which is why you need to sleep well the night before.
Step 2. Wear nice clothes
Wear more formal clothes. Usually all you need is a shirt, pants or dress (if you are a boy or a girl). Remember to iron your clothes.
Step 3. Avoid stains and odors
Make sure that there are no stains on your clothes and that they are clean and do not smell. You should also avoid using too much perfume or cologne.
Step 4. Look formal, but not overly grown-up
You have to be presentable, but that doesn't mean you have to overdo it as an adult. Girls should be careful not to wear too much makeup and boys should be clean shaven.
Step 5. Show your confidence
Stand up and sit up straight. Try not to sound nervous. Look comfortable and happy to be there. It proves that you know how to control your stress.
Step 6. Relax
Don't add fussing to your nervousness. Go to the bathroom before the interview and don't drink too much coffee in the morning.
Part 2 of 4: Prepare a Good Resume
Step 1. Get good grades
You should have gone really early to focus on your results and to work hard in school. Hope that if your marks are average, your other qualifications will work in your favor. If you have bad grades, prepare an excuse.
Step 2. Volunteer
Volunteering always makes a good impression on your CV. There are many groups you can go to help out, but you can also volunteer by editing articles on wikiHow or Wikipedia.
Step 3. Find interesting passions and hobbies
Your hobbies and passions give you the image of a successful human being at school. Don't make up hobbies that you don't have just to impress them. You can make any hobby attractive to your future school if you present it correctly.
For example, if you enjoy playing video games, present recent studies that have shown that people who play video games have better problem solving skills, better dexterity, and better motor control
Step 4. Be active
Don't be the type of person who sits on the couch all day. They will be able to see this when they ask you questions about your activities. Find ways to get out of the house and interact with the world, even if it's for sports or traditional physical activity.
Step 5. Ask for letters of recommendation
They are very important. You can have letters from your current teachers or from your former teachers. Don't go too far back in time, though, and try to get recommendations from recognized teachers, not just your school.
Step 6. Make all of your material presentable
Your CV, your application and all the papers you give them must be clean and wrinkle-free. They also need to look as professional and as well presented as possible.
Part 3 of 4: master your behavior
Step 1. Shake hands with the other person
Don't squeeze too hard (you don't want to break her hand), but just enough to show that you have confidence in yourself.
Step 2. Don't behave too casually
Don't pretend you and the interviewer are friends. Stay professional, serious and respectful.
Step 3. Be Friendly
Don't be rude or seem like you don't want to be there. Behave like a friendly person who enjoys chatting with others.
Step 4. Stay humble
It is not okay to talk about your family's finances or brag about anything else. If they compliment you on anything, try to receive it in style and talk about the people who have helped you.
Step 5. Look them in the eye
Make eye contact with them as you talk to them. It shows your confidence and respect for them.
Step 6. Be polite
Thank them for inviting you for the interview, pay attention to what they tell you, show your interest in what they are saying, don't interrupt or speak at the same time as them. Thank them when the interview is over.
Step 7. Speak intelligently
Avoid colloquial language or slang, grammatical errors, and other forms of vulgar language. Instead, try to speak the best you can, trying to say sensible things or show that you've thought about the topic well.
Part 4 of 4: what to say
Step 1. Introduce yourself
When you walk into the room and meet them, be sure to introduce yourself. Shake their hand firmly, but not too tightly to show them your commitment to this interview.
Step 2. Ask questions
Prepare before the interview. Research the school and ask questions that show you have educated yourself. Usually, you can show your serious interest in the school by asking questions.
Step 3. Discuss your solid goals together
There's a good chance they'll ask you what your goals are going forward and that's why you need to think about them in advance. Think about some of your goals and try to build a thinking that led you to that kind of goal. Sometimes the plan to achieve your goals is as important as the goals themselves.
Step 4. Familiarize yourself with recurring questions
Learn about frequently asked questions and the best way to answer them. Among these questions you will find the following.
- What is your favorite subject and why?
- Why do you want to join our school?
- What contribution do you think you can make to this school?
Step 5. Chat with them
It's an interview, so you have to talk together! Don't give one or two word answers. There is also no need to over-develop, but you should give them the opportunity to speak with you.
Step 6. Send them a thank you note
When the interview is over, wait 24 hours and send them a thank you note.
- You need to be awake and attentive all the time.
- Do not be nervous.
- Behave well.
- Be very polite and don't forget to smile. They are not going to accept any killings at their school.
- Be polite and wait for the interviewer to invite you to sit down before doing so. It is rude to sit down before she has given you permission.
- Ask questions. This will make her feel like you really care about that school (it also gives you the opportunity to be able to listen instead of talking).
- If your parents are accompanying you during the interview (this is quite common), stay calm, watch them when you speak, and don't look at them like they're bothering you. You are going to give a very bad impression if you don't seem to get along with your parents.
- If you can't find any questions, prepare a few ahead of time.
- Keep your legs together when seated, don't pull them apart. Girls can also cross their legs at the ankles.
- Never you don't need to do the following things.
- Put your fingers in your nose
- Clean your nails
- Slouch in the chair
- Say hello to students you know who are in class
- Refer to your interlocutor with a name other than the one he gave you
- Look up during the interview
- Interrupt your interlocutor without any valid reason
- Fall asleep