It’s been said again and again that attitude is everything. Let me reiterate that it is not a cliche. It is a fact that is crucial to your progress, achievement, success and ultimate fulfillment. So like every other thing you do, your attitude towards your visa interview will impact the outcome.
When you find out that the application process includes an interview, settle it in your mind that it is just an interview not a sentence.
So how should you go about it?
Do all that’s within your power and leave the rest. Then keep an open mind. A refusal is not fatal. It is what it is, a refusal. It may not necessarily mean that you are less qualified or that your intentions are contrary. You may be qualified indeed and have the right intention but still get a refusal probably because of some stereotype parameters.
Also acknowledge that the officer interviewing you is working at his job, doing what he has to do. You are working at your goal so you do what you have to do which is to focus on your goal and give it your best shot.
The points below will give you a head start
⁃ Do not explain your answers unless you are asked to. The questions are usually direct and so should your answers be. Simple and straightforward.
⁃ Be confident without coming off as arrogant. Be civil in your conduct, but not timid.
⁃ Make eye contact when answering questions. Do not be jittery or flustered.
⁃ Be at ease. Maintain a calm and purposeful demeanor
⁃ Go prepared with relevant documents for further proof incase you are asked.
⁃ Know the details of your trip off hand at least the basics like your travel dates, your purpose of visit, your contact, your place of arrival, your source of funds, stuff like that.
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Cheers to your travel dreams come true.