Visa Interview Coach

By Tiara

As a recruiter, there are times when you have to deal with difficult people or situations. This is part of your career and it’s what helps you develop as person and professional.

Having someone go into battle against you can be tough. They may feel annoyed, frustrated, even depressed because they believe you don’t understand how hard their job is.

That's why before a meeting, you should take some time to check out everything about them. You want to make sure that they're not going to cause trouble for you later.

It sounds crazy, but research has shown that being well-prepared makes it much easier to manage our emotions and relate to others. In fact, in some cases, preparing can reduce stress and create more effective relationships.

So if you find yourself at an internal or external meeting where things get testy, try looking up something about the person so that you're prepared. Chances are, they do too.

Identify key strategies for preparing for a visa interview

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Even though your chances of getting the job are very good, you should still prepare for your interview as there is always a chance that it could go poorly.

You can never be too prepared!

General tips to help you feel more confident in your personal life and career include doing some research about the company, looking up photos and information online, and practicing how to speak like someone with a professional tone.

Interview preparation also includes asking yourself what areas of the job you’re not sure about and what things you might need to learn more about if asked during the interview.

By being well-prepared, you will know what to do if something unexpected happens or if anything comes up that requires knowledge beyond what you already have. You will also feel better because you have done your best no matter what takes place.

Think about your personal life and work life balance

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A better job opportunity can sometimes mean changing how you spend time at home. You will have to make sacrifices if you choose this career path, which is definitely not easy.

If you are working long hours, you may need to limit yourself to only attending social events for so long. Or maybe there’s an area of the company that you can avoid visiting unless it’s really important.

You must be willing to give up things like going out with friends after work or staying in late because you have to get up early the next day. All too often, people dream about being their own boss but they don’t think about what it would take to actually achieve that goal.

Running your own business comes with its share of responsibilities, and part of those responsibilities is ensuring that you have enough sleep and rest.

Prepare your visa application

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When you prepare for your visa interview, make sure to have all of your documents ready! You do not want to be scrambling or rushing at this stage, as you will then likely be wasting time looking for things.

We recommend being prepared with these documents two days before the appointment, which gives yourself enough time to locate them. Some examples of documents that most employers require are:

A passport

Copy of employment contract/leaving notice

Recent photo ID (e.g., driver’s license, national identity card)

Proof of income (pay stubs, proof of savings)

Evidence of sufficient funds to return home (if applicable)

If necessary, confirmation of health insurance coverage

Note: It is very important to remember that it is illegal to bring any kind of material into the country that could be used to create false documents. Make sure to check online and through government agencies to see if there are any regulations about bringing certain items in.

Practice interviewing

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Even if you are not attending an in-person interview, you can still prepare for your visa by practicing your talking points, rehearsing questions and strategies ahead of time, and testing yourself out.

Interviews can be tricky things that most people are nervous about, but they are only scary for someone who has never been interviewed before. There is no standard way to be asked questions so there is no general rule book for what should be done.

Some basic rules apply, however: keep it simple, don’t get too fancy or long, focus more on asking open ended questions than ones with yes or no answers, and remember all interviews are two individuals speaking, so play along like you would with anyone else!

Practice makes perfect, and working as part of a team will help you learn how to manage your colleagues and conversations. So whether you are planning to attend a face-to-face meeting or not, put some effort into preparing beforehand.

Dress the part

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When you dress for an interview, you want to look professional but also casual. You do not need to wear expensive clothes or clothing that fits you well, but you should make sure you are dressed properly.

Dressing professionally means wearing jeans (no skirts or leather shoes), a nice long-sleeve shirt, and either a dark or light business suit.

You can go one route and stick with a classic gray or black suit, or you can get more creative by mixing patterns, colors, and textures. Just be careful not to match too many things together as this may distract from your message.

When choosing what kind of shoe to put on, keep in mind whether you plan to eat before the meeting or if there will be drinks or snacks provided. If there are no such provisions, then avoid footwear that requires walking or standing – these types of shoes would cost you money to buy anyway!

If possible, try to arrive early so you have time to find a comfortable position and relax.

Tone your body language

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When you show strong emotion, such as anger or fear, this can have an adverse effect on the interviewer. They may interpret it as a threat or that you are not in control of yourself. Or, they may assume something bad is about to happen — so they prepare for problems. Either way, they will likely question whether you are able to handle the job.

Conversely, when you appear calm and relaxed, some might think that you don’t care enough about the position. Given that employers look for people who display engagement and interest in their work, this could be perceived as a negative quality.

With all of these potential pitfalls, what should you do before a visa interview? First, keep it simple! Avoid adding too much hype or speculation to the conversation. Let the other person talk, and respond with short and sweet comments. If there is one thing you know, it’s that most applicants are nervous before their visa interviews. So, instead of being focused on how you might screw up, try thinking about ways to help them.

Second, maintain eye contact at all times. This creates a sense of connection and stability, which both benefits you and the other party. When you lose focus, you start to feel uncomfortable, which can make you fidget or even give away more information than intended.

Third, use appropriate tone and volume.

Be proactive

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After arriving at your destination, you will need to check in at your hotel. Most hotels have an online or phone-based registration process that can be done from anywhere with internet access.

Some companies also send out confirmation emails after you arrive which include information about the interview and how to prepare.

But what if something goes wrong? What if there is bad weather or a natural disaster happens during the interview?

You would want someone to take care of you so here are some tips for staying prepared for your next job interview.

Know the embassy or consulate

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Almost every country has their own visa office that handles immigration for that area. They are usually run by either your national government, an organization funded by international organizations, or a company that is hired to do it.

Some may even have two different offices they use to review visas depending on if you’re applying in person or online!

Most countries will tell you what time you need to arrive at your appointment but there is no set time frame to sit down for your interview. Some can be as long as 2 hours while others are only one hour.

They will also give you some directions to where the meeting takes place which can be very helpful since many don’t offer free transportation.