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University Admissions/ Scholarship Interview Guide

16 commonly asked questions and suggested talking points

By Tony K Tan

asked questions and suggested talking points By Tony K Tan DISCOVERING THE UNIQUE YOU From an
asked questions and suggested talking points By Tony K Tan DISCOVERING THE UNIQUE YOU From an
asked questions and suggested talking points By Tony K Tan DISCOVERING THE UNIQUE YOU From an
asked questions and suggested talking points By Tony K Tan DISCOVERING THE UNIQUE YOU From an

DISCOVERING THE UNIQUE YOU From an Asia Perspective

Copyright © 2009 TKT Consulting Pte Ltd. All Rights Reserved.

Notice of Rights: No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

“ To break into the elite tier of US colleges, students have to distinguish themselves
“ To break into the elite tier of US colleges, students have to distinguish themselves

“ To break into the elite tier of US colleges, students have to distinguish themselves as renaissance individuals. Or in Oprah terms, demonstrate emotional and social intelligences beyond the usual IQ which Asian students are good in. Tony K Tan's book provides practical advice to develop the communication skills needed to carry this off. As a graduate of two prestigious universities and having led corporate recruiting at these institutions, I found his approach relevant and practical. Asian students need the finishing skills which their American peers naturally tend to develop in a more extroverted and reflective society. A worthwhile investment for those wanting to break into the Ivy League club.”

P. Khoo, BA Stanford, MBA University of Chicago, Credit Analyst

Khoo, BA Stanford, MBA University of Chicago, Credit Analyst "Insightful, useful and practical for any university

"Insightful, useful and practical for any university or scholarship applicant preparing for interviews. A must read!"

C.S. Tan, SB, SM, Massachusetts Institute of Technology '99, Scholarship Winner, Banker

Institute of Technology '99, Scholarship Winner, Banker “The principles in this guide apply not only to

“The principles in this guide apply not only to college, but also to first time job recruiting. Highly recommended”

H. W. Hee, B.S. Columbia University ’02, Investment Professional

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Content Chapter 1 Interview Preparations 4 – Section 1.1: Overview – Section 1.2: Top 10
Content Chapter 1 Interview Preparations 4 – Section 1.1: Overview – Section 1.2: Top 10

Content

Chapter 1 Interview Preparations

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Section 1.1: Overview

Section 1.2: Top 10 Interview Tips

Chapter 2 Interview Questions

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Chapter 2.1: Personal

Chapter 2.2: High school related

Chapter 2.3: College/university related

Chapter 2.4: “Well roundedness” related

Chapter 2.5: Interviewer related (available in full guide only)

Chapter 3 Conclusion

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Interview Preparations Chapter 1.1: Overview So this is how it works…If you have been invited
Interview Preparations Chapter 1.1: Overview So this is how it works…If you have been invited

Interview Preparations

Chapter 1.1: Overview

So this is how it works…If you have been invited for university/ scholarship interviews, congratulations! You are one step ahead of the rest of the application pool! But do not get too excited yet…hold your horses! You still have a little more to go to GET ACCEPTED or win that COVETED SCHOLARSHIP! The good news is you are reading this guide, and it will teach you on how to STAND OUT, how to DRAW the interviewers’ attention, and how to WIN the GAME!

To be invited to an interview simply means “Hmm, I like this candidate, he/she looks great on paper, but I wonder if he/she is as good in real life…let’s find out!” University interviews, particularly for schools in the United States are usually conducted by an alumni while scholarship interviews may be conducted by a panel of interviewers. In both cases, they are conducted with the following broad objectives:

To ascertain how genuinely interested you are of their institution

~ Is our school/ scholarship application just application number 25 on your list? Are we back up schools/ scholarship applications? How badly do you really want this?~

To assess your “soft” skills and determine how interpersonal and intellectually curious you are

~ Can you be one of us and fit into our institution/organization? Can you really contribute to the academic and professional surroundings? Are you a nice person and do I like you? ~

To confirm claims in your admissions/scholarship application and/or reinforce the existing assessment of your candidacy

~Are you telling us nothing but the truth? Are you as good as you sound on paper?~

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candidacy ~Are you telling us nothing but the truth? Are you as good as you sound

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Interview Preparations Chapter 1.1: Overview Interviews should not be stressful or intimidating! Instead, interviews are
Interview Preparations Chapter 1.1: Overview Interviews should not be stressful or intimidating! Instead, interviews are

Interview Preparations

Chapter 1.1: Overview

Interviews should not be stressful or intimidating! Instead, interviews are supposed to be exciting, engaging, and definitely not a one way street discussion. Bear in mind that the best interviews are just like your conversations with your friends or classmates, stress-free but insightful.

Interview questions can be quite predictable and very often, questions within a broad category are more or less the same. That said, there are subtle differences that you need to note and tweak your responses accordingly.

But please, please do not memorize the suggested answers in Chapter 2! Your life experiences are different from mine and from the person sitting next to you in class. Everyone of you is a unique individual with interesting life stories to tell. Instead, you should use this guide for the following:

Identify what the most commonly asked interview questions are.

Know how these questions are phrased differently in different scenarios.

Distinguish the subtle differences of the commonly asked questions and know how to respond accordingly.

Understand the mindsets of the interviewer and what they are looking for.

Recognize potential talking points/signposts that you can adapt and tweak to

make it your very own answer.

very own unique experiences.

Put on your thinking caps to come up with the best responses based on your

So, how do you be stress free in the interview process? There is no magic formula except to really just do your homework! Approach your interview with a clear strategy. The following page gives you the top 10 interview tips!

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Interview Preparations Chapter 1.2: Top 10 Interview Tips 1. Preparation is key and you need
Interview Preparations Chapter 1.2: Top 10 Interview Tips 1. Preparation is key and you need

Interview Preparations

Chapter 1.2: Top 10 Interview Tips

1. Preparation is key and you need to know your application inside out.

2. Research, research and more research on the school/scholarship organization! Talk to alumni.

3. Do not try to be someone you are not.

4. Elaborate and illustrate but be brief and succinct.

5. Listen carefully to the question.

6. Ask the right questions.

7. Be humble, but do not be shy.

8. Mind your language!

9. Mind your body language!!

10. Be relaxed.

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Chapter 2.1: Personal Chapter 2.2: High school related Chapter 2.3: College/university related Chapter 2.4: “Well roundedness” related Chapter 2.5: Interviewer related (available in full guide only)

Chapter 2.5: Interviewer related (available in full guide only) DISCOVERING THE UNIQUE YOU From an Asia
Chapter 2.5: Interviewer related (available in full guide only) DISCOVERING THE UNIQUE YOU From an Asia
Chapter 2.5: Interviewer related (available in full guide only) DISCOVERING THE UNIQUE YOU From an Asia
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Conclusion I hope you have found the sample guide helpful. For a more comprehensive guide,
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Conclusion

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