Applying to University: Interviews

February 25, 2014

Some courses may require an interview as part of the application process. Interviews are a chance for the university to gain a better understanding of you as an applicant. 

The key to a successful interview is preparation! Make sure to research what other a level students have said about the university interviews and prep with mock interviews. The interview may require you to provide an example of your work such as a portfolio or an essay. Ask someone to look over the work you submit before attending the interview and put time into choosing the correct essay or portfolio items.

Interviews are also a chance to check the information you supplied in your application. If you mentioned a specific book or activity in your personal statement do not be surprised if they ask you about it! Keep reading for more interview tips as well as common interview questions that you can prepare answers to.

Tips for Interviews

  • Arrive 10 minutes early. This will give you time to relax before the interview and go over your CV one last time.
  • Re-read your application and personal statement. Pay attention to any specific details in your application that they might ask about in the interview.
  • Dress to impress.
  • Remember body language.
  • Ask questions and be engaging.

Common Interview Questions

  • Describe yourself.
  • Why did you choose your A level courses?
  • What was your favorite aspect of your A level courses?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • What are your plans for after university?
  • What leadership positions have you held? What did you learn from these positions?
  • Why have you chosen this course?
  • Why should we pick you for this course over other students?
  • Do you have any questions for us?

Interviews for competitive universities and medical courses are very common. To read more about the mock interviews offered at Ashbourne College for A level students visit: https://www.ashbournecollege.co.uk/interview-ashbournes-programme.php