By Christiaan Haasbroek
It is September and we are approaching the end of the recruitment season. Completing the medical process and filling in the lengthy DS-160 form can build much anticipation – but that Visa to America is totally worth it!
Workaway sorts and organises the paperwork for the interview, assisting their candidates all the way and providing much relief, in the aim to ensure that your visa pack is in tip top shape for the consulate officer.
Here are some tips on how to prepare yourself, emotionally and mentally, for the interview with the immigration officer at the Consulate:
The most important part of the interview would be the first 1 - 2 minutes of your interview – remember, first impressions matter. Always be concise with your answers, as the consulate goes through a high volume of applicants and your first and initial impression will help them make their decision quickly.
2 Your intentions for travelling to the USA should be work - that is the main purpose. You must be able to clearly articulate your plan after you completed your term with Workaway International, should it be for work or studies.
3 Lastly, always reflect positivity! Accept the decisions made by the consular officer and do not engage in any arguments. If your visa gets denied stay positive and ask the consular for a list of documents that they would suggest for you to bring, to overcome the refusal. Always try to get the denial in writing but the main objective is staying positive - be respectful and professional.
Try to ensure that you are dressed to impress! Presentation is of utmost importance to the consular officer – so make sure to be dressed in a formal and professional style.These tips will hopefully make the last stretch of the recruitment process a bit easier, and help you stand out from the crowd.