Attending your first Schengen Visa interview can feel daunting if you’re not properly prepared. As you might know, once your application is completed and set in order, you are expected to attend a Schengen Visa interview, in which a consular or embassy officer will ask you some questions on related matters. Walking into a room full of strangers to talk about your travel reasons and genuine intentions to return to your country of residence can feel awkward and uncomfortable.
However, going through a Visa interview process and answering the questions posed by the consular officers is mandatory. Otherwise, you won’t be granted a Visa. To help you out, Below are 8 useful advice to help you walk into your Schengen Visa interview with confidence:
1. Dress for success
The first impression can mean a lot. Though you don’t necessarily have to wear a suit, you should look your best. Imagine you have to find the right clothes for a job interview. Keep it classic, neat, and polished. Avoid looking ungroomed. We recommend you dress one step above what you wear (or would wear) when going to the office.
2. Arrive early
We recommend you arrive 15 to 30 minutes before your scheduled interview. The last mistake you want to make is under budget for the time it will take you to commute to the Embassy or Consulate and end up arriving late to your Visa interview.
3. Show ties to your country of residence
Be aware that the consular officers are trained to see every Visa applicant as a potential immigrant, and it is up to you to prove that this is not the case. That’s why you need to clearly highlight the ties you have to your country, such as your family, hometown, job, property, investments, etc.
4. Explain well but concisely
Your credibility is key to a successful Schengen Visa interview. Speak truthfully and provide complete and concise answers. Do not give one-word answers, such as “yes” or “no”. Your ability to articulate your thoughts effectively is essential in determining your eligibility for a Schengen Visa.
5. Provide consistent information
Never ever provide answers that contradict the information you have put into your documents. Inconsistency between the information you provide in your documentation and what you say during the interview can cost you the approval of your Schengen Visa.
6. Tell nothing but the truth
Lying during your interview is a sure recipe for Schengen Visa rejection. Organise your supporting documents in a professional folder and give honest answers based on the information provided in your documents. Never ever attempt to hide information or provide fake or vague non-answers.
7. Speak confidently
Projecting confidence in your Schengen Visa interview can be just as important as demonstrating your intentions to return to your country of residence. Showing that you trust yourself is essential because it can lead the Visa officers to trust in you, as well.
8. Act like you would be okay with a Visa denial
When you act like a Schengen Visa is your whole life, this desperation shows at the interview and can jeopardise your entire application. Don’t let your itch to travel to Europe come off as desperation. Show Visa officers you are eager to visit the Schengen Area, but act as it wouldn’t be the end of the world if your application got rejected.