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University Interview Tips

Been invited to a university interview, but struggling to prepare? Read our tips below to make sure you give your best performance on the day, and check out our University Interviews Guide for further help.

Before the interview

  1. Find out what form the interview will take – if you know how many people will be interviewing you, and whether it will be formal or not, you will know what to expect.
  2. Read the prospectus – have an idea about the course and university to show you're committed to studying there.
  3. Look over your UCAS form – it’s often the basis for interview questions so make sure you can talk about the things you’ve said on it in detail.
  4. Read over your A-Level subject notes – you may be asked why you took a particular A-Level or what parts of your A-Levels you enjoy.
  5. Read a quality newspaper or magazine related to your subject – interviewers may ask for your opinions on current affairs or developments in your field.
  6. Have a mock interview – get a teacher you’re not familiar with to prepare a formal interview to give you an idea of what it will be like.
  7. Speak to students who’ve already had an interview – ask them what to expect or if they have any tips.
  8. Think of points you may want to make in the interview – prepare specific things you want to say or subjects you want to discuss if you get the chance.
  9. Prepare answers for common questions – for example, why do you want to study this course or at this university?
  10. Think of some questions to ask in return – how is the course assessed? What teaching methods are used? Although make sure they’re not already answered in the prospectus.
  11. Plan your journey – take into account rush hour traffic and finding the room/building so you arrive in plenty of time.

On the day

  1. Get a good night's sleepbe ready for your interview and don’t stay up all night drinking or worrying about it.
  2. Arrive early – allow 20-30 minutes for traffic and finding the place. If you have extra time, take a look round the university or talk to other applicants.
  3. Contact the university if there’s a problem – if you’re going to be late or unavailable due to circumstances beyond your control you should be able to rearrange the interview.
  4. Dress smart but comfortably – formal clothing may be uncomfortable if you’re at the university all day, and dressing scruffily may give a bad first impression.
  5. Turn off your mobile – you don’t want any distractions in the interview and it will not impress the interviewer.

During the interview

  1. Be aware of your body language – look at the interviewer, make eye contact and try to smile from time to time.
  2. Be enthusiastic about your course – make sure you get your interest in the course across to the interviewer.
  3. Take your time with questions – don’t feel pressured to answer immediately, take a little while to develop your answers to avoid saying the first thing that comes into your head.
  4. Say if you don’t understand a question – interviewers don’t expect you to know everything and will often prompt you or rephrase a question if you ask.
  5. Give full answers – the interviewer is trying to find out about you, so make sure you tell them something. Don’t waffle just to make your answers longer though.
  6. Don’t try to bluff questions – admissions tutors will know a lot more about their subject than you will. If you don’t know the answer to a question be honest and admit it.
  7. Listen to the interviewer – answer the questions asked rather than the ones you’ve prepared for.
  8. Ask questions – use ones you prepared earlier or new ones you’ve thought of. It shows you’re enthusiastic and will help you get more out of the interview.
  9. Try to relax – interviewers will expect you to be nervous and will try to make you feel comfortable.
  10. Be yourself – interviewers want to know about you, not just what tips you’ve read off the internet!

After the interview

  1. Don’t worry if you found it hard – some interviews are designed to stretch candidates.
  2. Make the most of being at the university – talk to students, have a look round the city or sample the local pubs.
  3. Think about what you’ve learned – the interview also allows you to find out more about the university and course. How have your opinions changed?
  4. Write down your answers to questions – this will come in handy for other interviews you may have.
  5. Discuss your interview with other people – they can give you feed back on how they think you did and give you advice for other interviews.
  6. Don’t worry about whether you’ll be offered a place or not – prepare for your next interview or just enjoy yourself, as you can’t do anything to change the result.

For more information and advice on preparing for your university interview, please see our University Interview FAQs and our blog post about mistakes to avoid.

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I have an interview at Manchester Uni tomorrow for Actuarial science then another on the 15th for electrical engineering on the 15th. These tips have certainly helped, I feel a lot more confident and hopefully both my interviews go well.. Cheers

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The interview tips were very good it helped to reflect on questions that you may have forgotten expecially if you have'nt been for an interview in a while. Thank you for your support and guidance.

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I have an interview at a University for a Bachelor of Social Work in a few days, and I'm curious to know what sort of questions the panel may ask, please email as soon as you can, thanks.

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Thankyou for the tips I'm now a lot calmer for my interview!!

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Before my interview i searched the web and couldn't find anything about the interview i had for Child Nursing at Plymouth University so i thought i would post what my interview was like :-)
I had a 30minute written assessment where i was asked 4 questions:
1. What is the role of a children's nurse?
2. What skills do you think you have to be a children's nurse?
3. What is the most demanding aspect of the programme of study and how can you overcome this?
4. Discuss a time when you had to convey an important message to someone and say how you did this and what the end result was.

The interview was 15-20minutes long, you can't prepare for this. I got given a sheet with 4 statements on and i had to choose 2 of them that i wanted to talk about. Statements were like what do you think about parents smoking in front of their children and what do you think about a disabled couple having children. Know this is easier said than done, but try not to be nervous! ha, relax and you'll be fine...

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I was just wondering if you could give me some advice for a group discussion and personal interview for Adult Nursing at UWS. My email address is msmith69@caledonian.ac.uk. Thankyou x

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i have got interview in Sheffield Hallam university.
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BSc Occupational Therapy Interview

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Hello everyone,
Great interview tips, firstly.
I received a phone call today asking if I was available for a group interview/selection day at the University of Nottingham for Child Nursing. Very short notice, I know, but of course, I accepted as this was my first choice.
If anyone is able to give me some idea of what is likely to happen, could they please email me on: sheebeegb@hotmail.com
Unfortunately, the course website is down so I have been unable to refer directly to their material.

Joseph- Accra

Thanks for this simple but inspiring tips. I like the part that says: talk to other applicants if there is time. That will do much help. Thank you. Keep the good work up. Thanks

Adult nursing tips please

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