Tips for visa interview
Long-winded answers will not help leave a good impression on the U.S. consular officials in a student visa interview.
Marisa MacIsaac, Vice-Consul of the US Consulate General, Hyderabad, says that the best way to be convincing in an interview is to give a direct, short and succinct answer.
Unfortunately, many aspirants get rejected because of their long-winded replies despite efforts by the officers to educate them. Throwing light on the proper way of giving answers, she further says: “When a question is asked as to why you are going to the U.S. You can say, I want to pursue higher education there to increase my knowledge and get strong in my area of study. This will greatly help in my future career as well. Such short and direct answers will do.”
Ms. Marisa along with several other members of a delegation from the consulate general visited several colleges in Vijayawada and surrounding areas.They made presentations and addressed students, enlightening them on the U.S. student visa procedures and various aspects of where the interviewees are found doing well or not doing well at the time of interviews. She said that a mechanical answer probably borrowed from somebody else would not do the trick nor any tutoring from an expert. A student has to be just “himself or herself”, expressing freely and directly, which is sure to convince the interviewer.
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