Many of our courses do not have interviews, but for those that do, the kind of interview you will have will depend on what subject you have applied for. In some, they help the University decide whether you would be successful here, and you will need to perform well to receive an offer of a place; others are an opportunity to find out more about the course you have applied for before you receive an offer.
For all interviews, it is important to prepare in advance so that you can show yourself and your skills in the best possible light. It is quite normal to be nervous for an interview, but good preparation will help with this. You should:
- Be prepared to talk about your why you want to study the subject you have applied for, and why you are really interested in it.
- Ensure that you have read all you can about the course, and be able to explain why this particular university appeals to you
- If you are applying for a vocational course that leads to a particular career, research the career thoroughly and think about what personal and professional qualities employers would be looking for
- Be aware of any topical issues relevant to your course as you may be asked to discuss them
- Read your personal statement again; you could be asked about anything in it
In the interview, try to:
- Maintain good eye contact and appropriate body language so that you look alert, engaged and interested
- Listen carefully to the question. Allow yourself time to think about it if necessary and ask for clarification if any aspect of the question is unclear to you
- Ask any questions you have about the course. The interview is your opportunity to find out what you want about the course
- Bear in mind what the interviewers are looking for; your ability to think independently, to explain your ideas, to apply your knowledge and to show that you can see all sides of an argument.
If you have opportunities to engage in practice interviews at school, college or through the University, then we would encourage you to take these up.