Common Interview Questions at a Foreign Company to Check Your English

Here are some common interview questions for evaluating English proficiency:

  1. Can you tell me about yourself?
  2. Why did you choose to apply to this company?
  3. What is your current job?
  4. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  5. Can you describe a challenging situation you faced at work and how you overcame it?
  6. Why do you want to work in a foreign company?
  7. How do you handle difficult situations or customers?
  8. Can you describe a project you worked on and your role in it?
  9. Can you tell me about a time when you had to use your English at work?
  10. How would you improve your English skills?

These questions aim to assess the candidate’s overall fluency, comprehension, pronunciation, and speaking skills.

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The Harrows Student Interview

The private high school application process is a multi-faceted and crucial stage in the educational journey of students. One of the key components of the process is the personal interview, which offers admissions officers the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the applicant’s personality, interests, values, and aspirations. This makes the interview an essential aspect of the private school admissions process, as it allows schools to assess the applicant beyond the traditional metrics of test scores, transcripts, and extracurricular activities.

As such, it is imperative for applicants to be well-prepared for the interview, as a great interview can significantly impact the admissions decision. One of the most effective ways to prepare is by practicing answers to common interview questions. In this article, we provide a comprehensive list of typical questions and suggestions for answering them in a clear, concise, and academic manner.

Common High School Interview Questions

The following are some of the most commonly asked interview questions by private high school admissions counselors:

Can you tell me about yourself?

This is an introductory question that requires a clear and concise response. A good answer should include the applicant’s current grade, a brief description of what they enjoy about school, two to three major extracurricular activities, and the reason for their excitement about the particular school.

What are your strengths?

In response to this question, the applicant should reflect on what their teachers and coaches would say about them. The answer should highlight specific examples of their strengths, such as effective leadership, good communication skills, or problem-solving abilities.

What are your weaknesses?

This question is a common interview question and can be challenging to answer. To approach this question, the applicant should discuss a specific area they would like to improve and the steps they have taken to work towards that goal.

The answer to this question should focus on the applicant’s interests and activities that demonstrate their civic and creative engagement. Emphasize activities that involve socializing, pursuing intellectual or creative pursuits, and engaging in physical activities.

What extracurricular activities interest you?

This question consists of two parts: the first part asks about the extracurricular activities the applicant is interested in, while the second part asks how they plan to continue these activities in their new school. It is important for the applicant to research the school’s extracurricular offerings and discuss activities that align with their interests.

What is your favorite subject and why?

This question is a near certainty in a private school admission interview, as it offers insight into the applicant’s desired high school experience. The applicant should provide a detailed explanation of why a particular subject is their favorite and describe specific aspects of the subject that they find interesting.

What subject do you find the most difficult?

The applicant should approach this question in a similar manner as the question on their weaknesses, acknowledging the subject’s challenges and discussing their strategies for improvement. It is important to be honest while avoiding negative language that reflects poorly on their abilities.

This question presents an opportunity for the applicant to demonstrate their problem-solving skills. The answer should include a specific example of a time when they faced difficulty in a class and describe the steps they took to overcome the challenge.

Can you tell me about your family?

The admissions counselor is seeking to understand the impact of the applicant’s family on their life. The answer should highlight the applicant’s relationships with their family members,

Additional Questions

Can you tell me about your educational background and achievements?

Why did you choose this school?

What are your hobbies and interests?

How do you deal with challenges and difficulties in your studies?

Can you share a situation where you showed leadership or teamwork skills?

What do you want to study in the future?

What do you hope to gain from your education in this school?

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

What do you do when you are struggling in a class?

The Gift of Education

In 2023, if you have spare funds and some time, the time is now to learn a new skill.

When choosing a new skill, make sure to factor in value for oneself.

How will the new skill help you in the coming years?

How could the skill help someone a little less busy than you?

Someone with a bit more time, in need of being able to think on their feet, at a moment’s notice.

Idiom of the Day:

Off the Cuff

  • Give the gift of improved spoken and written English skills.
  • Boost your loved one’s confidence in speaking English in various settings, such as in meetings, social gatherings, and job interviews.
  • Give the chance to learn and practice using the latest English language teaching methods.
  • Allow for a customized learning experience with flexible course options, such as online and in-person classes.
  • Get personalized feedback and support to help achieve specific language goals.
  • Get access to a variety of engaging materials, such as interactive activities, real-life scenarios, and authentic texts.
  • Give the opportunity to be a part of a supportive and interactive learning community.
  • Offer the chance to understand the cultural and social aspects of the English language.
  • Prepare your loved one for professional or academic opportunities requiring English proficiency.

Happy 2023 Chinese New Year | 新年快乐

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你的眼睛充满了移动的人、手、胳膊和告别和“pangna pangna gong xi fai chai”的喊声。


















Happy Chinese New Year. Atop an electric scooter, braving the cold winter of Beijing where one district is bigger than most metropolitan cities worldwide, I watched millions of people move in one day.

🧧🎉 The Spring Festival, also known as Lunar New Year, is determined by the lunar calendar and falls between January 21st and February 20th.

With a population of approximately 1.41 billion people (44.71 years in seconds), roughly 80% of them commute to family homesteads throughout the vast country. = over one billion people.

From a train seat, I was fortunate enough to witness the masses of people in a classic train scene:

…hundreds of people running to board a slowly departing train, with people handing fabric-wrapped bundles through windows.

Your eyes are filled with moving people, hands, arms, and shouts of farewell and “pangna pangna gong xi fai chai.”

As people travel to their loved ones, they analyze deeply their financial situation, or in other words, their “career” path in life and work. What seems to stand out is the current “liquid” status as well as societal and economic trends in how people adapt tradition to modern goals and new generations observing age-old rites.

This is me reminding myself:

  • Remember to look for what’s good in people as you go about your work.
  • Collaboration in 2023 supersedes competition strategization and diplomacy/tact.
  • Observe traditions respectfully, as there are time-tested value therein.

Some rare and interesting facts about Chinese New Year

  • The Chinese zodiac is based on a 12-year cycle, with each year represented by one of 12 animals.
  • This year, we welcome the Year of the Ox! 🐂
  • People sometimes decorate their homes with red decorations to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck.
  • The lion dance is epic; it’s believed to bring good luck and drive away evil spirits.
  • And let’s not forget about fireworks at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve!

But most importantly, let’s gather with our loved ones for a delicious Chinese New Year’s Eve dinner and give red envelopes filled with money to children and unmarried adults (LOL).

Yet another way to bring good luck and ward off evil spirits.

Chinese New Year represents to me a chance to review resolutions from the Gregorian calendar. Once reviewed, it’s time to update and adapt to changes in order to ensure your end results are achieved.

Bubble Language School and the 中国人

If you’re a newly relocated Chinese family, here in Thailand to start a new life, then Bubble Language School is the school for you.

Bubble Language School can build and execute approved educational visa programs for foreigners wishing to live in Thailand (a bit of a more relaxed place to be while the world continues to be entrenched in conflict).

If you’re a Chinese student applying to an international school here and have spent much of your English education learning in your native language, but lack practical usage in English to enter the school of you or your family’s choice, then we can build the specific learning program for you based on your skills, interests, and global standards.

If you’re in another country because educational specialists in China have become harder and harder to find, then Bubble Language School is the language institute to contact.

We’re here for you and wish you all a prosperous and lucky year ahead! Gong xi fa cai! 🎉🎉🎉

In gratitude,

The Janitor