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Scholarship Interview Tips

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Interviews can bring a lot of nerves, so hopefully these tips will help you feel empowered to crush your next interview!

Interview Tips

  • Research common interview questions and practice giving your answers. It could be advantageous to participate in a mock interview to prepare for the real thing, too.
  • Reflect on the experiences in your life that have been the most meaningful. How have they impacted you?
  • Always address the question that the interviewer asks. It’s easy to get side-tracked when you’re a little nervous, but remember to stay on track.
  • Think about why you’re a good Mercer fit and why you want to be a Mercerian!
  • Come prepared with at least one question for your interviewers.
  • Make sure that you eat a hearty breakfast the day of your interview and get a good night’s sleep the night before.
  • Finally, and most importantly, be yourself.

Interview Etiquette

  • First and foremost, be on time…or maybe even a few minutes early!
  • Make eye contact with your interviewer. They’re not out to get you; they just want to get to know you.
  • Have good posture. If you are slouched down in your chair, your interviewer might not think you are taking the interview seriously.
  • Be sure to thank your interviewer(s) for their time and consideration.

Interview Attire

We recommend wearing business professional attire, even if you’re interviewing virtually. It’s better to be overdressed than underdressed.


  • Button down shirt/blouse
  • Blazer/sports coat
  • Cardigan/nice sweater
  • Khakis/slacks
  • Dress/skirt with tights
  • Loafers/heels/flats
  • Tie/bow tie


  • T-shirt
  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • Tennis shoes
  • Athleisure
  • Flip-flops/sandals
  • Hats

It’s okay to feel a little nervous; it means that you care about this opportunity. Just try to relax and remember that every other student at the event is going through the same thing. Take a deep breath, and know that everything will all be okayyou’ve got this!