The time has come, and interviews are now in full swing. For those still anxiously waiting for their interview, our team each have one tip to offer to you…
“Read the news right up to the day of your interview. In my interview I was asked a question about something that had been in the news only that morning. Interviewers like to throw in those kinds of questions to test how up-to-date and engaged you are with your subject, so make sure you stay on top of current issues in your field, even on the day of the interview itself!” – Rosie – Geography graduate from Jesus College, Cambridge.
“Sort out all the logistics so you don’t have to worry about the details on the day. Make sure all of your clothes and any other items you need are ready the night before. Leave plenty of time to get to the interview, just in case there is traffic or delay in public transport. The last thing you want on the day of the interview is to be stressing about logistical details.” – Toby – HSPS graduate from Robinson College, Cambridge.
“Many applicants will try to project a very stage-managed, artificial version of themselves, in the vain hope it will be what the interviewers are looking for. This does not work. What the interviewers are really looking for is authenticity. So don’t pretend to be someone you are not. Just be yourself and give the best account of your personality and interests that you can” – Georgina – Music graduate from Pembroke College, Cambridge.
“Regardless of whether you are successful, the Oxbridge interview is a fantastic experience, and one that is an immense privilege to take part in. Few people can count themselves lucky enough to have spent an hour discussing the subject they love with academics who lead the field. Bearing this in mind, the interview is an experience to be savoured. So above all else, enjoy it!” – Rebekah – English graduate from Magdalen College, Oxford.
From the Oxbridge Interviews team, we wish you all the very best of luck in your upcoming interviews.