Hello folks! I am very excited for college admissions even though there was this one time I felt everything was falling apart. I had applied for Economics Hons and English Hons in my college. I realized later that Economics Hons might have been a good subject to study but it wasn’t for me. I am here to share my first ever University interview experience. (A little exaggeration for comic effect)
Note: This post comprises all the things you should never do in an interview:
Backstory: I cracked the written exam and was shortlisted for the second round: Skill Assessment and Personal Interview. There were two teachers at the interview panel. I was so so so nervous that I cannot even explain.
This is how it went: [I skipped the few parts that went well.]
Interviewer 1: Hi hello! Are you nervous? You look exhausted. Please drink some water.
Me: No, I jut ran downstairs to get a photocopy. (Bad impression: Always bring ALL the required documents. Don’t run around.)
Interviewer 2: Drink some water. It’s fine.
Me: [I am so confused because I have a water bottle in my bag and they still gave me theirs. I am looking up and down, up and then down. Then, I drank from theirs:)]
Interviewer 1: Tell me about yourself.
Me: Well, my name is Rageshree. I have studied social science in Christ Junior College. I was born and raised here in Bangalore but I am originally a Bengali. (Totally irrelevant by the way)
Interviewer 1: You have 99% in 12th grade economics. You must be the master of economics! (You’re so wrong madam)
Me: [Shyly smiling] Thenk you…
Interview 2: Why have you attached two copies of your marks card?
Me: I had both of them attested so I attached both of them. (The stupidest answer you can ever give anyone!)
Interviewer 2: Wow! So you attached both.
Interviewer 1: Explain Balance of Payments.
Me: [One of the answers I am proud of. I explained everything. What it is was, imports and exports and its three tiers] [I am skipping a few questions here- the ones that I answered correctly.]
Interviewer 1: Who is the Governor of RBI?
Me: Right now? (Of course, you dumbo!)
Interviewer 1: Yes
Me: It was Urjit Patel, forgot the recent one’s name. Was it male or female? First and last letter? (This is not a game of hangman my dear)
Interviewer 1: Okay. Why have you chosen BA Hons? Why not B Com or BBA?
Me: I saw that you have non core arts subjects. (I have nothing to say. Here, for the first and the last time, it was the interviewer’s fault. I said very clearly that I was a ‘social science’ student. The other courses are entirely business related. She was clearly not listening to the ‘Tell me about yourself’)
Interview 1: Oh! You are from an arts background. [Looks into my application and sees all arts subjects. Also, notes down my overall percentage in both the years. God knows for what!]
Interviewer 2: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Me: Probably journalism, something with writing. (That’s it. I knew it was over right here. I am an eighteen year old girl. I have millions of dreams!)
Interviewer 2: So, have you applied for other courses?
Me: English and Journalism Hons.
Interviewer 1: Why a BA Hons course, why not a simple one?
Me: A course with Hons seems to be more challenging. (Good going)
Interviewer 2: Do you read or watch the news?
Me: Yes, I read the headlines of daily news. (Big mistake! I hadn’t read the news in the last few months due to exams.)
Interviewer 2: How to you get updates?
Me: I have this UPSC App on my phone. Everyday, the headlines are displayed. [UPSC- a common civil service exam in India. Now they are puzzled about what I had just said.]
Interviewer 2: So, your main aim is UPSC?
Me: No No. I just use that App to read the news. (Big mistake!)
Interviewer 1: Tell us any four or five headlines in the past few weeks.
Me: (I started sweating. There was a long moment of silence. I mumbled something about the Sri Lanka attacks and Brexit but then kept quiet) [I am skipping a few questions, here.]
Interviewer 1 & 2: Alright, okay. Thank you very much.
Me: Thank you, teachers.
Always Always Always: Be confident and honest.
How many of you are going off to college this year? Have you had embarrassing interview moments? What do you think of this interview? It was a huge blunder wasn’t it?:) I have my interview for English on the 23rd of May. I am preparing for it so that I don’t make the same mistakes. I hope I have all your best wishes for this one. I you have any advice for me, please feel free to comment below.
Thank you for reading:)