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How To Prepare For University Interviews

Have you been called for an interview by a university? Are you feeling satisfied, terrorized and panicky at the same time? Do not worry; it is natural to be worried about it. However, if you know clearly as to what it would be like, you will do well. This article provides some tips that will help you to be prepared for an interview. The fact that you have received a call for an interview shows that the admissions tutors are favorable considering your application.

How Are Interviews Organized?

Interviews may be organized in a formal way to test your capabilities or as an informal chat session that encourages you to choose the course you want to pursue. The duration of an interview might range from ten minutes to about an hour. The interview may be conducted either by a single person or a group of people.

Interviews can vary based on the subject you have selected. To give you an example, if you are applying for English, then the interviewer may ask you to discuss a poem with him/her. On the other hand, if you want to study mathematics, the interviewer might ask you to solve a problem.

Irrespective of the format that the interview follows, it is often a two-way interaction between you and the interviewer. You need to respond well to the questions asked by the interviewer and contribute to the discussion as well. There is nothing like a perfect interview or a perfect answer to a question. However, it is important that you feel relaxed and look at the situation as an opportunity to discuss a subject that you are interested in.

What Do Interviewers Look For?

All that interviewers want to know is that you have a genuine interest in the subject you are applying for. Therefore, you have to be yourself at the interview. If you have made some claims (work experience or research) in the personal statement of yours, the interviewer may ask you to explain it. Therefore, you must make sure that your claims stand up to scrutiny.

Here are a few tips as to what interviewers of specific universities expect from applicants:

University of Bristol

You will be asked to explain as to why you want to study a specific subject, among other things. Therefore, in addition to being clear about what the course of your choice involves, you should also be aware of the career options. Your ability communicate and manage stress will also be assessed.

University of Kent

You will have to demonstrate your knowledge in the subject you have applied for. You should also prove to them that your knowledge about the university is also good. Your ability to present ideas and arguments clearly will also be assessed.

University of Oxford

This university looks for evidence about your ability to think independently and your willingness to go beyond your school as well as college syllabus. You will also have to prove your commitment to the subject.

Tips On What You Might Be Asked About:

Go through the prospectus and also the course information in detail, keeping in mind as to how you would handle the questions ‘Why do you want to study in this university?’ and ‘Why this subject?’

Know your personal statement thoroughly. Be prepared to explain anything about it, if asked for.

Go through a mock interview. It helps to boost your confidence.

Ensure that you are aware of the current developments in your subject area.

Prepare some questions that you want to ask your interviewers that have not already been answered by the university in the information sent to you.

Tips On Preparations for Attending the Interview

Go through all the information available with you so that you know clearly as to what you should expect when you get there.

Wear an appropriate dress. Some universities may specify the dress code. If it is not specified, wear a comfortable dress.

Plan your travel. If you have to stay overnight, be prepared for it. Give yourself sufficient time before the interview to avoid additional stress.

Additional Interview Tips

What you say alone does not matter. Your body language also creates an impression. You must look interested, make eye contact and also sit up straight. You must strive to gel with the interviewer.

Allow the interviewer to take the lead as far as handshakes, sitting down, starting to talk, etc., are concerned.

Listen carefully and take time to think and answer any question. Request the interviewer to repeat the question if you are in doubt.