The University Interview Guide

The University Interview Guide

It’s coming to the time of year where most people have submitted their UCAS and have interviews lined up. Although I had all my universities come back to me at this point and I had a good idea of where I wanted to go, I still felt it important to attend the interviews for my third and fourth choices as I wanted to get a clearer idea of what I wanted from a university.

I attended two interviews with two different structures. One was a one-on-one interview, where I was given a test and then answered personal questions. The second was a group interview where a group of 30 was split in half, and we attended a workshop before having individual interviews.

Finding a way to stand out and making your interviewer believe you’re a great candidate for the course is really scary. I pulled a conditional offer on my first interview and an unconditional offer on my second interview, just by keeping these things in mind. Here are a few tips on how to survive the university interview process:

1. Dress smartly

This should come as common sense. It’s the same as going for a job interview, where they’re offering you an opportunity. If they think you look scruffy the first time they look at you, they may not be too interested in what you want to say. You don’t have to be in wedding attire, but just sprucing up a bit is great for both impressions and for getting your head in the interview zone.

2. Know the course

Interviewers have read all about you on your UCAS application, and are interested in getting to know you more. So, they want to know you’re passionate about the course and that you will bring a good attitude to it. Read about the modules and what they involve, so you can raise any questions in person – which is good for deciding where you want to go and to impress them.

3. Stand out

In group interviews, it can be really hard to stand out. Everyone is nervous and wants to make a good impression, but being quiet won’t make the interviewer remember you. If you’re given a task to do, try to take on the leadership role. They design them in a way to give you the opportunity to show them what you’re about, so it makes sense to do just that.

4. Bring support

It can be one of the most daunting things travelling to a new place, to potentially change the course of your next few years. I brought my family both times, and they hung around the cities and scouted out the nice places to go whilst I did the scary stuff. Having someone around to give you a support boost before and after does really help with your confidence, which reflects well in the interview.

I hope these tips help you get through your interview and hopefully succeed. If it doesn’t go the way you want it to, just use it as a learning experience. You’re welcome to message me via my contact page if you want any specific help or tips, or just emotional support. Good luck!

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