The university is selected and the documents are sent. Before studying in Germany there is one more step in order to be interviewed for the scholarship. Experts told what we should not say at this interview.
Scholarship for study in Germany is the dream. And quite feasible: in 2012 more than 15 thousand students from Central and Eastern Europe received financial support only on the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD. Each of them had to pass an interview, following the German Commission. It decides whether the candidate is worth of a scholarship. We asked the experts if you can earn points by words, and what certainly is not worth mentioning during the interview.
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“We invite the person for an interview, when he has a real chance to get a scholarship. If a candidate sends a bad application, there is no reason to call him to report that it does not suit us,” – said Thomas Prahl.
However, even if the coveted invitation is received, to relax before the interview is not necessary: after all, it has successfully tested. Thoroughly prepared for this conversation, you can increase your chances for success.
You should start with the language, that is – to improve German. “Knowledge of the language is an important condition. The more people speak German, the more benefit it will receive from the school” – says Siebert Ulla, head of the education department of Heinrich Böll Foundation (Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung). Exceptions are made when you arrive at the course where the language of instruction – English. Then the interview will take place in this language.
For maximum objectivity of such interviews are usually conducted by several people: representatives of the Fund, the German university professors, former or even current Fellows.
Going into the study, where your fate will be decided, it is not necessary to take the initiative. The members of the commission are the main people in this “game”, not you. “Very often, the candidates come, say hello and start to tell his whole biography, trying to show off in German and deal with their own nervousness – gives the example of Thomas Prahl. – But we read the summary in advance, so that they are familiar with the facts of life candidates. But as to interrupt impolite, it turns out that 5 of the 20-minute interview, we just lose”.