Science Student Exchange Programme

Interview Preparation

Prepared for Your Interview

As a prospective exchange student, you may need to attend a selection interview. Your performance during the interview will have a direct impact on your Composite Score, so it is in your best interest to be both mentally and physically prepared before you walk into the interview room. On this page, you will find a series of articles giving you advice for excelling at interviews. Note that attending an interview to compete for a chance to study abroad is quite similar to going to interviews to compete for a job or a scholarship. Interviewers want to – within a very short amount of time – to get to know you and evaluate whether you are an excellent candidate for the position you are competing for. Quota for exchange is very limited, and the selection committee wants to ensure that they are choosing the best candidate, not just a suitable candidate. Please take some time to prepare yourself for a chance to impress the selection committee and be rewarded with an opportunity to study abroad.

"Some advices on Interview" by Prof. Chu Ming-chung

Tips on Interview by Professor Chu Ming-chung (PDF format)

Sample interview questions:

We have collected a number of interview questions from past science exchange candidates. Try to answer these yourself to see how you might perform during your selection interview.

  1. Please introduce yourself.?
  2. Why did you choose this designated country/university?
  3. How would you prepare for the exchange?
  4. Have you done any research on the courses that you can choose during exchange?
  5. How will going on exchange help you in your future career?
  6. As an exchange student from the CUHK, you are representing the University and Hong Kong. How will you introduce Hong Kong to the local people?
  7. Many local students will go home during holidays. How will you overcome the loneliness when you don’t have others around?
  8. How will you finance your expenses abroad?
  9. What do you hope to achieve by going on exchange?


Links of Interest:

OSA – Career Planning and Development Centre: Interview Skillsreveals the types of interview questions that are commonly asked in an interview, the basic interview techniques, as well as showcases the typical rundown of an assessment centre. As a wrap-up section for the “Interview Skills” module; the?“It’s Your Job”?online career research portal givesyou an in-depth analysis on the struggles that students usually face in an interview, such as “Handling Difficult Questions”, “Surviving Psychometric Tests’, “Perform in Group Discussion”, etc. The portal features over 30 short video clips in which employers share the do’s & don’ts, as well as very useful job hunting tips!



Ming Pao 2 May 2009 -


Ming Pao 2 May 2009 -


Scholarship Preparations -
You’re a Finalist! How to Finish First in the Interview
Once you have prepared yourself for the questions, make sure you are prepared for the actual interview day. It is always a good idea to make a “dry run” to the interview site if you are not already familiar with its location. Know where to go, where to park and what room to meet the judging panel in. Plan on arriving a few minutes early to allow for traffic or other delays. Eat a healthy, nutritious breakfast and dress in clean, appropriate clothing.?

Scholarship Preparations -
The Dreaded Scholarship Interview
No one likes interviewing. Not professionals. Not kids getting their first job. Certainly not college students trying to convince the “powers that be” to give them a scholarship. Unfortunately, to be considered for many scholarships requires going through an interview. Not fun, I know, but it doesn’t have to traumatic either. The key to “acing” a scholarship interview is adequate preparation. Why? Because if you are prepared, you will be more confident. And if you are more confident, you will do the best job of representing yourself. So, let’s get you prepared!

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