. Have you ever had to cope with loneliness?

Have you ever had to cope with loneliness?

Question Intent

The employer is curious to know how you will deal with the sense of loneliness that you are likely to experience while you are away, as well as the kinds of coping mechanisms you have used in the past.

Answer Tips

Going international is exciting, but it can also be lonely at times. You are away from friends and family among strangers who might not even speak the same language as you. It is a good idea to show the employer that you are aware of the possibility of experiencing culture shock. Furthermore, you may want to mention methods you have used in the past to combat lonely times (e.g., calling friends/family, joining clubs, going out and meeting people).