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University Interview Questions And Answers

To help you prepare for your university interviews, we're compiling a list of common university interview questions that may be asked by admissions tutors at any interviews you attend.

The questions we have cover a broad range of subjects and situations, so not all of them will be relevant to you. You should make sure you review your personal statement and information about the courses and universities you're applying for as many questions will be specific to these areas.

Also remember to check out our interview frequently asked questions to answer any common queries you have about the interview and our interview tips to ensure you're fully prepared for your interview.

If you have any comments, or wish to add questions you've been asked, you can do so by submitting an interview question or emailing us at

Sample university interview questions


Why did you choose the A levels you're doing and what do you enjoy about them?

Why do you want to study this subject at university?

Why did you apply to this university?

What can you bring to this university?

What skills have you gained from your part-time job?

If we asked your friends or colleagues what are your good and bad points, what do you think they would say?

What do you think university can offer you?

Why should we offer you a place?

What work experience have you done and what did you learn from it?

What career plans do you have, if any?

What qualities do you possess to follow your chosen career?

Why have you decided to not take a gap year?


Tell me about yourself/How would you describe yourself?

What are you best at?

What are your main interests?

What courses have you taken, other than A levels, either at school or outside, and what have you gained from them?

How would you define your subject?

Why is your subject important?

What are the most important current developments in your subject?

Why are you taking a gap year?

What are you planning to do on your gap year?

How did you arrange your gap year?

How does your gap year fit in with your career plans?

Does not taking a gap year put you at a disadvantage in any way?

What are you interested in reading?

What was the last book you read and how did you choose it?

What is your favourite newspaper or periodical?

Do you follow a particular columnist in a newspaper or periodical?

Have you been abroad?

Describe your most interesting experience abroad.

What are your views on the funding of universities?

How do you think universities should achieve a good social mix in their intake?

What positions of responsibility have you held and what did you learn from them?

What have you most enjoyed at school?

What do you dislike about school?

Are you good at working on your own?

What opportunities have you had for exercising leadership?

Describe a situation where you were put under pressure?

What are your strengths?

What are your weaknesses?

Tell me an achievement you are proud of.