What do you think is the objective of having interviews with prospective students?

I think the main objective is to help SMU understand prospective students better, and not to make offers based on their ‘A’-level or polytechnic scores alone. Interviewers are also better able to look out for specific qualities in a prospective student during the interviews.


What do you think the interviewers are on the lookout for?

My take is that the interviewers are not looking for right or wrong answers. Instead, they are more interested in how prospective students derive their answers, and what their thought processes are like. I believe the interviewers are looking to better understand prospective students’ perspectives and personalities, in addition to their paper qualifications.


Should prospective students adhere to a preferred dress code?

In my opinion, how you dress for the interview will communicate how seriously you regard the interview, and how much respect you have for the interviewers. That said, there is no need to over-dress in a full jacket and tie. Smart casual attire should suffice.


How did you feel about the interview’s effectiveness in getting to know prospective SIS students?

I remember that there were at least two parts to my interview.

The first part comprised general questions, such as why we chose SIS, why we think we should be selected and so on.

The second part was more of a logical thinking assessment, where we were asked questions such as “How many SMSes are sent out of Singapore in a day on average? How many bus stops are there in Singapore? How many cars are on the roads daily on average?”

I believe these are meant to test the logical skills of candidates, as their answers would reflect their ability to break down a problem into smaller parts (so as to enable them to derive an estimate after factoring in relevant assumptions) – this is relevant for assessing their suitability for the SIS course. The logical thinking assessment also gives the interviewers a sneak peek into the prospective students’ minds and gives them an idea of the students’ ability to adapt and thrive in the SIS curriculum.


Can you share 3 tips for prospective students preparing for their SIS interviews?

Read up on the school and what is contained on the school website.

Understand the school better by talking to seniors at the open house and tea sessions.

Be open-minded and remove any pre-conceived notions you might have.


How did the interview process prepare you for your SMU journey?

In all honesty, I feel that the interview was just the tip of the iceberg. It gave me a rough idea of what to expect during my SMU journey, which is one I certainly do not regret embarking on.

Henry Tang Ji Rui, Alumni (Class of 2015)
School of Information Systems
Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Bsc (IS)
SMU Scholars' Programme; DBS Bank School Valedictorian Award in Information Systems; Outstanding Achievement Award (Student Leadership)
Victoria Junior College