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Preparing for Secondary School Interviews

Preparing for the interview is an integral step in securing admission to the secondary school of your choice. Here are some tips for parents and students to get ready for the interview:

  1. Research the school(s) beforehand.
  • Look up the school’s mission and values. Make sure its educational philosophy suits your learning needs.
  • Research the offered academic programs and extracurricular activities.
  • Get information on school culture and environment. These are also important factors that help you decide whether the school is a good fit for you.
  • Ask questions based on the above at the end of the interview.
  1. Practise answering questions beforehand to feel more confident during the actual interview.
  • Anticipate questions about the self, such as strengths and weaknesses, primary school life, expectations of secondary school life, family life, hobbies and habits, as well extracurricular activities.
  • Prepare for broader questions about society by reading widely about current events and social issues.
  • Explain answers with details and explanations without prompting.
  • Be genuine and honest. Let the interviewer see your authentic self and determine whether you are a good fit for the school.
  1. Expect group interview sessions.
  • Get ready for debates or discussions on current events, social issues, or roleplay situations.
  • Show that you are a genuine conversation partner and a good listener.  Give others the chance to speak as well and listen closely to their responses.
  • Showcase your communication skills by being friendly, objective and polite.
  • Do not attempt to ‘win’ the debate. Be friendly, objective and polite, not aggressive and argumentative.
  1. Pay attention to interview etiquette to make a good impression.
  • Dress appropriately – wear your primary school uniform. If your primary school does not have a uniform, dress neatly and formally.
  • Be punctual and arrive at the school at least 15 minutes early.
  • Be polite and respectful. Knock on the door before entering. Greet the interviewer and thank them for their time before leaving the room
  • Make eye contact, speak clearly and confidently.

Join i-Learner’s Interview Class to gain plenty of preparation and more tips for success.