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Our Ethos

The Universities of Oxford and Cambridge have rigorous, professional admissions processes. There are no tricks, short-cuts or secrets to “getting in”. 

Both universities are looking for intelligent students with proven aptitude for their subject and motivation to learn. The admissions process takes many elements into account, but interviews are often seen as the biggest hurdle.

At Oxbridge Interviews, we don’t believe in coaching. Scripted answers wont work in interviews; generic confidence and communication skills classes don’t fool admissions tutors, nor will outsourced personal statements and essays.

Students walk through a courtyard in Oxford

However, if - like most students – this is the first interview you’ve ever sat, you’re unlikely to demonstrate your full potential. You’d never approach an exam without having sat mocks and past papers, nor do you submit the first draft of your coursework. We know from experience that sitting a rigorous, realistic mock interview with a subject specialist who you’ve never met before is the best preparation for the real thing.

Our Social mission

Students socialise in the ground of and Oxford College, taking a break for interview preparation

Oxbridge Interviews was founded in 2007 by three graduates from Oxford and Cambridge. The founders came from very different educational backgrounds, but were united in having experienced the challenging and daunting nature of the Oxbridge admissions process.

Our founders were motivated by the shared belief that many of the myths and perceptions concerning interviews at Oxford and Cambridge are unhelpful and untrue. Their ethos still guides our work - that all students should be given the opportunity to practice relevant skills in order to fulfil their potential through applying to top universities. This ethos is also shared by our interviewers - they are all recent graduates who, having completed their own educations, want to support the next generation of school leavers.

We are a non-profit business - all of the proceeds generated by our work is reinvested into education and UK charities, and our highly trained interviewers support students through partnerships with TeachFirst, Ark Academies, The Access Project, Sutton Trust, Villiers Park and others.

We believe our social enterprise model gives us a unique advantage in this sector: we are able to attract extremely high achieving graduates to interview for us. They are motivated to volunteer their time with us in order to be able to support students going through the same experiences they went through in their applications, whilst also being able to raise funds for good causes.

We know that we would not be able to attract or retain this calibre of interviewer if we were employing them on a casual basis, and are delighted that over 200 recent Oxbridge graduates support us with their time and skills on an annual basis. For profiles of our typical interviewers, please see here.