Interviewing Skills – Kindergarten Admission


Interview time is officially here. Parents who are new and old to Hong Kong are often surprised by the lack of school places but more surprised by the fact that interviews exist for children as young as 3 years old. KidsEdge offers insight on what children are tested on.

What Is Your Child Tested On?

It’s hard for moms and dads to know exactly what goes on in these interviews, but most interviews are similar to a mini class with 6-8 children engaging in group activities conducted by 2-3 teachers.

Understanding Simple Instructions

  • The most important aspect of an interview is the child’s ability to understand and follow simple instructions. The teachers check the lateral thinking ability of the child along with the manner that he responds to difficulty and his/her confidence level.

Response & Communication

  • During the interview, a teacher will often toss a question out to the group of children to see who will respond. Some kids will be quiet, while others will be very excited trying to get their answer heard. Children are of course asked their names, in some cases they are asked about their family members, where they live, when their birthday is and the teacher often asks about the puzzle or activity they are playing with.
  • Our Tiny Talkers programme encourages children to develop confidence, fluency and better speaking and communication skills through engagement in stories, pictures and theme-based learning.This learning puts them ahead of the class at school while enhancing their communication skills!

Colours, Numbers, Letters and Shapes

  • Children are expected to be able to identify and draw basic shapes like rectangle, square, triangle and circle. They may also be tested on number and letter recognition. While they will not be asked to do any writings, they are expected to be able to write and/or spell their names. For children with a long name, such as Elizabeth, parents may consider teaching them the short form, i.e. Liz. Let’s check our Interview Tips section for more interview tips.

Draw & Tell

  • Another popular interview activity is to get the children to draw a picture and talk about what they have drawn. The objective of this exercise is not to test how well the children can draw, but rather to assess how articulate and descriptive they are. Children may also be shown a picture and asked to describe the picture. For tips on how to describe a picture, please refer to KidsEdge’s Interview Tips section on “How to Describe a Picture”.

Recall story details

  • During the interview, a teacher will often read a story and children will then be asked questions relating to the story. Questions such as “Who were in the story?”, “What happened in the story?”, “When did it happen?”, “Do you like the story and why?” etc. For tips on how to answer questions relating to a story or how to tell a story, please refer to KidsEdge’s Interview Tips section on “How to Tell a Story”.