Phone interview for a scholarship
June 22, 2010 4:44 AM Subscribe
What should I do to prepare for a (scholarship) telephone interview?
I'm a finalist for a graduate scholarship - yay! Now they're giving phone interviews.
My interview is scheduled for two days from now (I just found out), and I'd really like to be ready for it. I've never done anything like this before: never had a scholarship interview, and never had a phone interview. I'm not good on the phone - I have trouble understanding things and I'm bad at thinking on my feet. I also have some trouble speaking with people I don't know.
What sorts of questions would they be likely to ask? What information should I have ready?
To throw another wrench into the works, I'm also currently in another country with less-than-stellar phone reception. I've called family and friends back home, and they've called me, but sometimes it takes several times to connect and sometimes the call gets dropped. How do I handle this gracefully?
I've tried searching around, but all the questions I find are about job telephone interviews - which are useful, but if anyone has academic-specific advice, all the better.