Interviews aren’t everyone’s favorite thing, but with a bit of preparation you can do well. They’ll be looking for enthusiastic students with lots to offer – someone who can work independently and consider new ideas; someone who will thrive, enjoying a varied academic life alongside outside interests.
1. Plan ahead
- Check where and when – sort out any travel and accommodation you need – check their website for maps and directions.
- Be ready for questions – some about your application, as well as your chance to ask about the course and the uni/college.
- Know your stuff – show you know the latest in your subject area, and keep up to date with the news – they might ask to hear your views.
- Practice – have mock interviews with a teacher or adviser – cover why you chose that course and what you enjoy most about your current studies.
- Sleep well!
2. The interview
- Dress smartly – you might not need a suit, but smart trousers/skirt and a shirt/blouse will show you’re taking it seriously.
- Get there early – have their phone number handy so you can let them know just in case you’re delayed.
- Good body language – don’t slouch, yawn or fold your arms – stay calm and alert, sit up straight and make eye contact.
- Don’t worry if you don’t understand – ask them to repeat or rephrase the question, make a good guess, or relate it to something you know better.
- Expect the unexpected – they might do a surprise test to see how you react under pressure – just do your best.
- Ask them questions too – this shows enthusiasm and gives you chance to get answers you haven’t found yet.
- Make notes – if you have more interviews coming up, it might be handy preparation to write down the questions and answers you’ve already had.
- Reflect on how you did – decide what worked well and think of new answers for areas you want to improve in.
- Then sit back and wait – once we’ve heard from the university or college, we’ll let you know in Track if they’re making you an offer.