YES, YOU CAN Rock the YALI Interview !

Dear YALI 2017,

Congratulations are in order! You have gotten this far, you should be PROUD!

If you are from Côte d’Ivoire or Burkina Faso, then you should even be more proud because you survived the English test!

Now let’s get YOU ready to shine at the YALI INTERVIEW with some tips from the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows.

How to prepare yourself?

1.      Review your application – Stéphane K. from Côte d’Ivoire

Although October was not too long ago, you may have forgotten what you have written on your application. The questions will mainly revolve around what you have put down on paper. You therefore have to show consistency and demonstrate that what you have written is truly who you are. – Allegria N. from DRC

2.      Practice and reflect over the following questions:

        What is your story? Your vision? ( Practice your elevator pitch)

        Why should you be selected and not someone else ? Marie Anne A. from Côte d’Ivoire

        How are you planning to make a positive impact in your community? In your country?

       How you are going to give back? (very important aspect of the Fellowship)

How is it going to happen?

1.      Dress well, first impression countsMarie Anne A. from Côte d’Ivoire

2.      Be on time on the D-DayStéphane K. from Côte d’Ivoire

3.      Know and remember why you are thereRoseline Z. from Côte d’Ivoire

a.      This point goes back to your vision! Why do you want to become a Mandela Washington Fellow? What are you expecting to gain out of the program and how will YOU contribute to it? Before – during and most importantly after.

4.      Believe in yourselfYasmine F. f rom Côte d’Ivoire

You made it to the interview and it is already a victoryEssoh K.  from Côte d’Ivoire| Speak up and confidently address your interviewer. Marie Anne A.  from Côte d’Ivoire

Show confidence, that is ONE of the major leadership trait, and panel members are looking for leaders, therefore do not hesitate in demonstrating you’re the right one. – Lucette A. from Côte d’Ivoire

5.      Be clear, concise and articulate in your answers – Stéphane K. from Côte d’Ivoire

a.      A panel will interview you. In our cases in 2016, it was two staff from the US Embassy Abidjan and one of the YALI ALUMNI. They will each ask you questions during 10-15 minutes pertaining to YOU, your activities/projects and your goals.

       If you have not understood a question, ask politely if it could be asked again or reformulated. Aurélie Y. from Côte d’Ivoire 

b.      There are no right or wrong answers – Yasmine F. from Côte d’Ivoire.  The panel will only try to have a better understanding of WHO YOU ARE as a person, as a leader and if what you are pitching, is matching your application. That is why we strongly emphasize that you stay TRUE TO YOURSELFStéphane K. from Côte d’Ivoire |

      6.        Be very honest. You’re telling your life story and no one can do it better than you – Andie O. from Nigeria


Good Luck to all of you!

We are looking forward to welcoming you in the YALI Family!



4 thoughts on “YES, YOU CAN Rock the YALI Interview !

  1. Thank you so much dear elders for these tips. I hope I will be selected for the interview in order to benefit from them.
    God bless you abundantly for your assistance and your availability.


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