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Top Interview Tips

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.

3. Afterwards

  • 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.
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