How to prepare for a university interview

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Interviews and auditions help course tutors compare applicants before deciding what offers to make. Finding out more about you is an ideal way for them to see if you’d be a good fit for the course.

Prepare for your interview here.

Interview tips

Interviews aren’t everyone’s favourite 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 – 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.

Then sit back and wait – you need to wait for your interview outcome.

If you applied for admissions using our student admission service, then once we have heard from your university or college, we’ll let you know about admission outcome in your dedicated Online Portal and by email if they’re making you an offer to study their course.

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