Around mid June when I just arrived in Jakarta, I received an email from one of the people who attend Australia Awards Sharing Session that I held early January 2018 when I was on holiday in Jakarta. She told me that she got selected for the next step for Australia Awards selection, which is the most important step: JST (Joint Selection Team) Interview. Why this is the most important? Because when you get selected for JST Interview, it means your chance to be an awardee is 50%. Its between you or somebody else! Thats how close your journey to be selected as a recipient of Australia Awards Scholarship.
And since I’m in Jakarta at the moment, so I told her that I’m willing to have another sharing session specifically for interview preparation. Along with my bestie who also in Jakarta during Winter Break, me and him held a discussion to share our experience this afternoon. We also did interview simulation as well. I always love informal discussion with small number of people, so we can focus to each person equally.
And I just realise, I never share anything about interview selection in this blog (lol sorry for my lack of commitment to write in this blog). For me, Australia Awards Indonesia is one of the scholarship who is really well-informed to public. For example this video is very clearly mentioned about important things that you need to prepare for the JST selection.
Moreover, many of my awardee friends also create a vlog like the video below to share their experience and tips for interview.
Since, I’m not camera-face (haha) I prefer to write about my experience in this blog. I guess those videos above are very clear to explain about the situation of interview selection. But I will highlight some points that for me is also important to nail the interview session:
- Master your essay
It is obvious why you get selected because there are strong points from your essay that attract them to choose you. This interview selection is a way to validate your capability that you have present in the essay. It is also a way to explain more about your goals. So, consistent from what you have wrote before is important.
- Concise answer
The interview session will only run for 20-30 minutes (but I was around 40 minutes lol). So, avoid explain the details but straight to your answer. And how to do it?
- STAR method
My friend taught me about Situation Task Action Result method to explain anything. It is only one from many methods to explain a situation in a concise way. More about this method in this link.
- Practice makes perfect
Back then, I have a support group consist of people from different field to prepare scholarship. We shared our essay among others and has interview simulation to practice our answer. It is important to explain your answer, able to convince other especially people that from different field from you. You will learn your strength, weakness and improve. So, you still have time to prepare yourself.
- Be confidence (but also cautious)
Imagine, you want to convince a donor to give your fund in BIG amount of money. So, be confidence. I know its difficult. I know it very well since I always doubting myself. People think that doubting yourself as a sign of weakness. No, it is a sign that you will be well prepare to yourself. So be confidence so you can convince them why you worth to be a recipient of the scholarship.
Lastly, I do believe everything happen because of God will. So, do your best and don’t forget to pray.
So, goodluck everyone! I wish you all the best.