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Psychological Traps (1/2)

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Posted on July 3, 2013 by

Psychological Traps (1/2)

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I have recently attended a training workshop on Managerial Decision Making.  It has been very useful to me.  I am particularly keen to share with the admission-seeking students what I learned about psychological traps in decision making.  Let’s take a look at some of these traps which may affect the important but tough decisions like finalizing the JUPAS choices (or making a decision among non-JUPAS offers from different universities).

 

The Anchoring Trap

In the process of making a decision, the mind gives particularly heavy weight to the first impression or advice from an “authoritative party”.  This is called the ‘anchoring trap’. Here are some examples of the ‘anchoring trap’ and how to avoid them:

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Click here for Part II

Betty Law
Associate Director, Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions Office, HKUST
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Setting Up for a Successful Interview

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Posted on April 30, 2013 by

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The other day, I had a little chat with Simpson, a college student and friend of mine, the evening before he attended an internship interview. Though of a different context, there are a few things that students preparing for admission interviews can learn from.

This is an interview that Simpson has longed for. Yet, strangely I did not see sparkling eyes and a high level of positive energy in him. He has in his head a great quote “I can accept failure but I cannot accept not trying.” In between the lines, I heard something like “Well, well, I will give it a try though I know I am unlikely to make it.” Doesn’t it sound familiar?

Come on, Simpson. Set yourself up for success (not failure) from the onset. You are invited to impress the interviewers that you are a suitable candidate who has the ability to do well. You have to believe that you are one. Give thoughts to find good reasons to substantiate that you are one.

Please trust me that all interviewers want you to do well in the interview and in the internship (or whatever you are engaging). So, they really want you to be able to demonstrate that you like the organization, you like such an internship opportunity, and you see good prospect for yourself. So, you have to first convince yourself of this. Your voice and your body language will honestly tell people whether or not you are genuinely interested in this internship.

Simpson added, “I will show my confidence, and more precisely hide my nervousness.” Again, why put so much emphasis on the nervousness. [Sigh!] In fact, if one gets well-prepared, one will naturally be confident, and nervousness will no longer be an issue. He went on by saying, “But, I got the phone call this very afternoon only.” Here’s my response: “Yes, I can understand. But all candidates got short notice. Should it be an excuse for not getting adequately prepared?”

My tip for you: Start preparing for an interview early. Don’t wait till you receive an invitation. Regardless of whether or not you will be granted an interview, you should prepare for it – the earlier the better.

Good luck in your upcoming interviews – be it for university admission or job application.

Betty Law
Associate Director, Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions Office, HKUST
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ustbetty

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JUPAS and non-JUPAS split

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Posted on January 22, 2013 by

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“Why do universities prefer non-JUPAS students and provide an easy “back-door” entry route to them?” This question comes up repeatedly from teachers and parents. They seem so sure that it is a fact.

Well, let’s get the facts straight. It is true that we want to see a more diverse student body. However, I would say that back-door entry is a perceived reality rather than a reality. Here’s some information about our non-JUPAS admission:

- We do not have a JUPAS/non-JUPAS quota. We expect to fill 85% (+/-) of the 1900 places for local students through the JUPAS Scheme. For special double-cohort admission cycle in 2012, our JUPAS intake accounts for 87% of the 3-Year intake and 98% of the 4Y intake.

- 2013 Non-JUPAS intake would also include HKALE repeaters, and sub-degree holders. In our experience, these candidates are in general more mature and clearer of their goals. They do deserve having a second chance.

- The median IB score is 37 out of 45, the median GCEAL score is 1A*2A and the median SAT Reasoning Test score is 2,020 out of 2,400. Like JUPAS students, non-JUPAS students also need to work very hard in order to get into UST.

- We go for internationalization but not at the expenses of admitting local students. There is a separate admission quota for admitting students from the Mainland and the rest of the world.

Betty Law
Associate Director, Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions Office, HKUST
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ustbetty