Appearance, appearance and appearance....no matter what people say about how its vain and blah blah, that's the only thing that talks for you, about you, way before you open your mouth. Please invest in yourself, groom yourself and buy nice clothes for the appointment. No matter what, when you dress the part, you start feeling the part and DEFINITELY ups your confidence which decides on how you talk to the VO.
Anyway, I spend 12K Rupees for my interview. Though I have closet full of clothes, i bought a new Pant, shirt, shoes, pantyhose, silver chain with a pearl pendant to go with my pearl studs/earrings and an expensive silk scarf (square scarf). I groomed myself (eye brows, waxing and basic face massage).
For the interview I wore the scarf under the collar and made a knot (youtube for the different styles and pick one that works for you). I wore pearl necklace (single strand) and a very simple silve bracelet and a silver watch. I had glasses with Tommy Hilfiger frames. So, my point is make yourself presentable and make others believe that are worthy a L1A.
Q. Were you denied a visa?
A. Yes, XX visa was denied but that was long time back. (FYI, i was denied a dependent visa 10 yrs back. I told the truth).
All the procedures after you enter the consulate is regular stuff that VFS does. The VFS guy who verified my docs, BEP letter and DD etc took whatever he needed and threw back the rest of the papers. That really pissed me off. I looked into his eyes and asked him to arrange them and put the clip. He apologised and arranged my papers and gave it back. My point here is don't allow others to treat you like cr$p.
When my chance came, the VO took his own sweet time to type, donno what, in his system. During that time, I took out my org chart, project roadmap (for my program) etc. ready to show it to VO in case i get questions related to reportees or my projects.
Q. Do you have clients?
A. Yes, we do. We serve XXXXXXX (list of clients). We serve over 14,000 financial institutions.
Q. Will you be working at client location?
A. No, I'll will not be working at client location. I'll be working out of my employer location at XXX.
Q. Whats your Indian salary?
A. XXX lacs
Q. Whats your US salary?
A. XXX K dollars
Q. How many report to you in India?
A. 11 reportees. 5 direct and 6 indirect. (I had the org structure ready. I showed it to him).
Q. How many will report to in US?
A. 8. 3 direct and 5 indirect. (I showed the org chart. He took that and looked at it for sometime)
Q. Who will you be reporting to?
A. VP XXX (He looked at the chart again)
He typed something and stamped my docs and said it was approved.