Fulbright 2009 – My interview

3 Sep

Hi All,

As promised, I would like to share my own experience during this interview. In fact, this is my 2nd attempt (for paperwork – application form) and first time qualified for the interview. I felt good about it, but let alone my personal feel can’t have the final say of PASS or TRY AGAIN! Hehe:-)

I’ve got some advices to share as following:

  • Don’t be on time (and of course absolutely NOT late) – please try your best to arrive early. My interview time was initially at 4pm, but in fact it was earlier than as expected. I got a call from the Embassy and I run quickly for my interview.
  • Who are there in the interview panel – there were 4 people in the interview panel, which likely consisted of some U.S. Embassy staff and at least 1 former Fulbrighter.
  • The likely-to-be questions the first question likely to be asked is “Tell us who you are, with what background and qualification in order to be able to achieve your goal (proposed field of study). And after your return, how can you contribute to the development of your country.” And after this, there will be Q & A.
  • Interview duration – each applicant was entitled for 25 minutes including Q&A. I believe everyone is different – some can make it short and clear and be able to make his/her point, while other needs to explain more in a longer phrase to have his/her message came across. So it’s your own choice, just be yourself and refine yourself based on feedback/reaction you get during the interview.
  • Be confident – Just be yourself, be confident, positive and do your best…!!!

Hope this helps! And thanks for your visit. Good luck:-)


18 Responses to “Fulbright 2009 – My interview”

  1. Pisal September 1, 2009 at 3:58 pm #

    It’s good advice. I will try this next year.
    By the way, i’m looking for postgraduate scholarship but i’m short of confident to apply for that.
    And hope u have more advice to share.

  2. Tong September 1, 2009 at 9:39 pm #

    Pisal, thanks for your visit and comment.
    I’m not really an expert. But I’m more than happy to share my own experience.
    Yes, will share in this blog from time to time other new and good experience I might have.
    “Susu Sasa!” is the all-the-time phrase I use to encourage myself! Going forward… we will reach our own destination!!! Cheers,

  3. Pisal September 2, 2009 at 2:07 pm #

    Thanks. Your experience will be extremly useful. Actually, I have try to look for some scholarhip but I know i’m lake of confident and experience for that especially lack of documents.

  4. Molika April 23, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

    Thanks for sharing. I am a senior at IFL. I planned to apply it this year but i was not able to find the right major so i gave up. N m going to make it next year…wish me luck:)

  5. Tong April 24, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    Thanks for your visit, Molika!
    You’re absolutely right. I’ve tried 3 times and managed to go to interview stage twice, but still couldn’t make it. You need to know very well about your proposed major and make sure you know how to sell yourself during the interview. Saying is easy, doing is hard 🙂

    I already give up Fulbright and am looking for other opportunities like AusAid, NZAid, Japan and Korea…

    Anyway, good luck to you!

  6. Emi toouta June 30, 2010 at 2:55 am #

    I have a fulbright interview tomorrow .I am so nervous!!
    shall I use long forms!!how have I to sit !!to be dressed!!
    just wish me luck

  7. peju August 11, 2010 at 3:28 am #

    my interview was today. I was too nervous. I wish I read your note before going. Everything i knew just escaped me. I wish myself the best.

  8. umar August 30, 2010 at 6:36 pm #

    i just had a fulbright interview today and the only american on the panel repeateadly mentioned i had a very impressive application. in the end she said in response to my query that i had a very impressive application and that if i really wanted to be sure of getting into a university of my choice i should apply there casue i could get in and even get full funding from them and that would be good cause i will get a uni. of my liking and free the grant for another candidate. what does this mean did i do good which i think so? please your opinion….

  9. Tong September 4, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    Guys, thanks for your visit! Sorry for late response.
    I just moved myself to Korea for my Master.
    Anyway, success or failure, just keep it up!!! When the right time comes, the opportunity will be yours for sure!

    I have been hunting for scholarships for 4 years. Failure after failure, but NOW I got it – a scholarship from Korean Government to do my Master of Public Policy.

    Don’t stick to one scholarship. Try your luck as many scholarship opportunities as possible. Besides Fulbright, there are many else – AusAid, NZAid, Japan, Korea…EU…etc.

    Good luck to you guys!

  10. Kanda April 1, 2011 at 2:42 am #

    thanks a million for your advice. I’ve just passed the first step (TELP)test for the preselection for the fulbright program; your advice will be of a great importance to me.

  11. Vantharith June 13, 2011 at 7:43 pm #

    Good lucks to you Kanda, all the best!

  12. Amira December 5, 2011 at 2:22 am #

    Thank you very much !
    I have a fulbright interview tomorrow but it will be over the phone .
    So , I think it’s easier when you don’t see their faces 😀

    Again , thanks for the advises and i wish you the best in your study 🙂

  13. Chau Tran August 1, 2012 at 1:58 am #

    Thank you very for ur sharing. I’m your neighbor; Vietnam. I’m shortlisted and having an interview with Fulbright at the end of this month. Hopefully I could make it, man. Thank you very much.

    Chau Tran

    • Vantharith August 1, 2012 at 8:17 am #

      Hi, thanks for your visit! All the best. Good luck, man!

  14. Darko August 4, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    Thanks for this post! It is really valuable. I will have interview on Thursday. What I need to put my attention on? Can you suggest me more links so I prepare better? Is it 5 days enough time to prepare for the interview? Thanks a lot man and all the best with your studies! 🙂

  15. Chau Tran November 8, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    I made it… Thank you… And sorry for not telling u after such a long time…

  16. JS Park August 26, 2014 at 2:33 pm #

    my interview for Fulbright is tomorrow! Being verrrrry nervous!! I read that you are in korea for Master’s degree! I’m korean and apply Fulbright to get a doctoral degree in the US! your advice will be helping me a lot i believe. thank you for your valuable advice.

    • Vantharith August 26, 2014 at 8:17 pm #

      Good luck! 화이팅

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