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Matej Valuch

An imprisoned recruiter

The content of scholarshipinterviewquestions.com was written by Matej Valuch, writer, entrepreneur, and a former recruiting consultant from Slovakia.

Matej ran a successful recruitment consultancy called New Generation Recruitment from April 2008 to August 2012, and would probably still work in the field, if security police didn’t arrest him in Iran on 23rd August 2012.

Iranian authorities accused Matej ofย  spying for the CIA. He spent six months in notorious Evin Prison, facing harsh conditions of solitary confinement and a possibility of a death sentence.

Iranians eventually released Matej from prison in February 2013, but he couldn’t return to his former business activities anymore. During the next twelve months, Matej started more than a dozen of websites (some on his own, some in cooperation with other recruiters and interviewers), trying to share his knowledge and recruitment experience with both employers and job candidates. Scholarshipinterviewquestions.com was one of these websites, established in July 2013, and it has been growing in traffic and popularity ever since….



More than 300,000 people visited this website since November 2013. Students came from more than 200 countries, and the website was shared and linked to countless times, receiving traffic from 400 various traffic sources (search engines, social networks, blogs, yahoo answers, university websites, forums, etc.) You can see some screenshots from Google Analytics below:

Traffic of the website from Nov. 2013 till July 2017.

Students from all corners of the world visited the website during the years, seeking advice for their scholarship interview.


Helping the others

Since returning from prison, Matej has always aimed to help the others, working mostly for non-profit, and sharing his knowledge with people from all corners of the world.

If you think that our website has helped you to get a scholarship, consider purchasing University of Solitude (you can find the book also on every Amazon marketplace, just search for the name). The book is an authentic account of Matej’s imprisonment in Iran, told in his own words, enriched with harrowing stories of other prisoners he met behind bars of notorious Evin prison.

All money from the sales of the book is donated to the International Committee of the Red Cross, so you’ll support a good cause while purchasing. And it is a great read by the way ๐Ÿ˜‰

P.S. You can find more information about the author on MatejValuch.com