Tips on College Essays and Personal Interviews

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Practice makes man perfect. Hence, best key to get your essay selected is to practice 1 or 2 essays daily. College essays and interviews can be stressful, so here are some tips:

They say: First impression is the last impression. Hence, try to start with an interesting first line or a quote.

(1) Writing in certain structure implies the clarity of thoughts. This may help in fetching more points.
(2) Generally, Introduction, Body & Conclusion is the framework one should follow while writing an essay.
(3) Be precise and well versed.
(4) Avoid grammatical and spelling mistakes, fanatic remarks over politics & region and jargons.
(5) Keep sentences short, precise and lucid.
(6) PESTLE analysis is a good tool to analyze a variety of topics from different viewpoints.
P: Politics, E: Economic S: Social T: Technological L: Legal E: Environment
(7) They say: First impression is the last impression. Hence, try to start with an interesting first line or a quote.
(8) Supplement your ideas and opinions with logic. Data facts and figures can be used to support your idea.
(9) Most Important, Handwriting should be neat and clear. Writing should be legible.

Personal Interview

(1) Dressing etiquette is extremely important. Being well groomed makes a difference.
BOYS: Shave properly. Wear ironed formals, preferably Black suit and Black Tie.
GIRLS: Anything which is business formals works.
(2) Prepare thoroughly on RESUME
Questions related to academics, especially those subjects which you claim to interest you; People with work experience can be questioned on your role at your organization and any projects you may have worked on, questions related to the concerned industry.
(3) Confident body language and good communication skills are expected. Maintain eye contact and address all the panel members.
(4) Goal Clarity: Answers should be in a line and precise. It is expected to have a reasonable clarity regarding your goals.
(5) Do a SWOT analysis of yourself and be prepared to talk about the situations where you found your strengths useful and what you tried to overcome your weaknesses.
(6) Try not to be anxious and keep the conversation going. Interviewers like to know more about you.
(7) Listen to the questions carefully, ask for clarifications required. Don’t rush into your answer. Take a few seconds to think.
(8) Basic etiquettes like seeking the permission before entering the room, greeting the panelists & being polite go on a long way in creating a long lasting impression.
(9) Most IMPORTANT: Make sure you smile.

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