Top schools across the world follow an admission process which is beyond just getting through entrance exams and the work experience you have. Today, the admission officers look not just for academic performance but for candidates who have incorporated their life's inspiration and social responsibilities in their applications.
The following are a few questions that students should go through before facing the interview panel:
Why is this course important at this time of your career?
Most of the applicants feel that after certain years of experience, opting for a master degree is a logical step. Is it critically necessary for you to do so? Is your present profile not enough for a successful future? Are you looking for a career shift?
Whatever be the reason, it has to be thought through. The more specific goals of what you wish from you master degree, the better it is.
What do you want to do after a master degree?
This is one of the trickiest questions which many of the aspirants get wrong. Many of them want the best job and seldom do they know the role or the industry they want to get into. Mostly, their post-study plans are driven either by salary or brand perceptions.
On this note, it is advised to be practical and have realistic expectations. If you are from a technical background and want to enter the marketing world? It is not likely to happen. It is best to gain most from a master degree and go back to the industry you come from and make it exciting of how the past will continue to help.
Is it the right school for you? Find out.
The school you fit in is possibly the most neglected parameter by aspirants. It is crucial for you to evaluate the school you are applying to. Though this can be subjective, it has to be reviewed through experience than read about. Speak to the alumni and the administration of the school, it will give you a real life idea of the school. Ideally, candidates should do this before the application process.
Another aspect to consider while selecting a school is that schools now are defining their niches and providing very specific specialisations, which allows like minded people to be present. It is important to be aware of the niche of the school you are applying to.
Most of the students tend to select the school first and then look at other criteria, this is not optimal. Here you will be forced to fit into the profile of the school before you analyse whether the school is a good fit for you.
What is the school looking for in you?
Most of the schools nowadays look for profiles that are easy to the eye though they deny it. It becomes difficult to position yourself as they tend to select the same kind of people each year.
Talk to the alumni of the school as they have been through the process, and they definitely know what works and how to present the facts. The alumni shall help you to customize your profile to the requirements and can help you position yourself along with the do's and dont's.
Keeping a track of all these school nuances are often missed out by aspirants. These help to refine your conduct during the interview that can make a huge difference between a good and bad interview.