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University Interviews

Once you have submitted your application, you’ll need to wait for a response. Some universities will give you an offer based solely on your application and what you wrote in your personal statement. However, the more popular and competitive institutions will want to put a face to an application by arranging an interview. They will ask questions to determine if you have the drive and attitude to cope with the high demands of your chosen course. They want to know if you’re interested, if you can think independently and if you have potential to successfully complete the course. But it needn’t be something to worry about.

 

Preparation

Read the prospectus to find out what the university is looking for in a student.

Remind yourself what you have written in your application. Admissions tutor are likely to ask you about certain accomplishments. If you haven’t lied or over-exaggerated, you don’t need to worry.

Know what is going on in the world. Read newspapers, watch the news ... The admissions tutor may ask you your opinion on a recent event.

Have a mock interview with a friend, family member or teacher.

Know where and when you have to be at the interview. Being late, or worse, not turning up, won’t look good.

Have a good night’s sleep beforehand.

 

The Interview

Dress appropriately. Although you don’t need to wear a suit and tie, it will be a good idea to look smart and presentable. Wear smart trousers and a shirt/blouse.

Arrive early. If there are major delays on the train or there’s family trouble, then you should be able to reschedule.

Don’t slouch or yawn. Sit up and look alert.

If you don’t understand a question, ask for it to be repeated or rephrased.

Expect a surprise. Admissions tutors want to know if you can cope with pressure. An unexpected test or activity isn’t uncommon.

Ask questions and sound enthusiastic. Use this opportunity to found out answers to your questions that you could find in the prospectus or website.

 

What Should I Do Next?

Make notes about questions you were asked. Similar questions may be asked in other interviews you go to. What went well? What could you improve? If you struggled with some questions, come up with a good answer for them.

What were your thoughts on the university? An interview is not only a way for an admissions tutor to find out more about you, but also for you to get a better feel of the university.

Sit back and wait for a response from the university. You may receive a conditional or unconditional offer. Good luck!

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