School interviews are one of the biggest challenges in the school application process. Parents often urge their children to get prepared by having them digest as much information as possible before the interview. However, this can often be counterproductive, as doing so tends to confuse students and make them feel nervous.
Luckily, we are getting some tips straight from the experts to help you and your little ones overcome the school interview process. Jennifer Ma, an education expert and the co-founder of Arch Education, gives us the lowdown on how parents can help their children get prepared for school interviews step by step!
In order to help children understand the importance of admissions interviews, it is important for them to recognise the purpose of the interview exercise. It will enable them to understand why they have to be there, what they are supposed to do, and how admissions interviews might impact their future. Parents should also explain to their children the benefits of excelling in admissions interviews—that way, children would be better able to take responsibility for their interview(s).
Children may find the process of preparing for interviews stressful, resulting in their nervousness and poor performance as such. Ma believes that parents should do the following to help their children reduce stress:
Self-introduction is a significant part of any admissions interview, and one way to help the little ones feel confident is for parents to aid their children in preparing a “standard script” for self-introduction. What goes into the script could prove to be very important in helping your children stand out from others.
Ma suggests that the script should only highlight three points: academic results, personal interests, as well as their passion and talents. On top of general talking points, parents should also discuss with their children about adding personalised features into the introduction. For example, if they like to read, then children should provide elaboration on things like their favourite books and genres, along with the reasons behind their hobbies and preferences. A personal touch can leave a long-lasting impression in interviewers’ minds.
Children may not always be able to understand exactly what interviewers are asking or know the answers to the interview questions. According to Ma, there are two ways for children to work around such difficulties:
Acing a school interview in a competitive education environment like Hong Kong certainly is no walk in the park, but keeping these essential tips and tricks in mind will help children feel like they have control over what is expected of them in their interviews, and also help parents prepare their little ones for the big day.