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Top Mistakes to Avoid During a Visa Interview


A visa interview with a diplomatic officer is necessary for the visa application process. It is carried out to gather crucial information. That is why it is essential to be well-prepared for it. Your likelihood of obtaining a visa increases with a good interview. 

Usually, for many, it's their first time experiencing a meeting with a diplomatic officer. So, they are unsure how to give an interview to them. Thus, this article will show you the top mistakes to avoid during a visa interview so you can smoothly and successfully go through it. 


No Preparation For An Interview

People usually don't prepare for an interview. But it's vital to equip yourself better. Thus, search online for the most commonly asked questions so you can prepare to give proper answers. 

Appearing Late For Interview

Try to be on time for an interview that an embassy or consulate has scheduled for you. Otherwise, it will give them the wrong impression. The best solution is to leave for the embassy early enough to account for any delays that may devour your extra minutes.

Inappropriate Appearance

Sometimes, applicants arrive in casual attire for an interview. Instead of this, think of donning a sophisticated, formal outfit. Keep everything minimal such as jewellery and makeup. Also, it would be best if you prefer to apply a lighter scent instead of a strong one. 


Not Bringing Documents

Make sure to bring complete documentation with you. An officer may ask for them. At times, applicants don't carry documents to an interview which causes them distress at that moment. 


Wrong Body Language

Your body language counts a lot. Being nervous during an interview, showing a bad temperament, wrong sitting posture or cocky behaviour will only result in a visa denial. 

Don't Argue With Officer

Never put yourself in an argument with an Embassy or Consular officer. Always communicate politely.

Poor Communication

Poor communication is a common factor that can ruin an interview. If you find it a barrier to communicating correctly, you should ask for an interpreter who speaks the local language. 

Providing Wrong Information

Please be mindful of what you say to the diplomatic officer. There should be consistency between what you tell them and what information your documents and visa application form hold. 


Don't Provide Additional Details

At times, candidates give detailed or extra information when something is asked. Doing this may trigger additional questions by the diplomatic officer in which you may get stuck. So, take a smart move and provide a brief, to-the-point answer. 

Lastly, Keep Calm And Be Real

Stay calm during an interview. Try to reflect on your true self instead of giving vibes of you faking them. 


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