The Interview is usually stage two of an application process.
Not every course requires an interview, but if yours does make sure you’re prepared to ace it with our advice:
Dress appropriately, make sure your chair posture isn’t lacking and be enthusiastic. If you can, get the interviewer to smile or even laugh, there is nothing wrong with showing positivity or showing your sense of humour.
Do your research
The worst taboo you can commit is turning up to an interview having no prior knowledge of what you’re walking into. The basic research you should really get to grips with, is the basics of your chosen course, why it interests you, and the University.
No one is expecting you to bring a clipboard and show up as the interviewer, but preparing a couple of questions beforehand will demonstrate that you have an interest in the University and the course itself.
Choosing the right University is so important as you will be spending the next least three years of your life studying and living within or around the University campus. So it is highly likely that you will have some important questions that you want answers to before you make a final decision; We encourage you to write down all your questions so you don't miss the opportunity to get the answers you need to any burning questions you may have concerning University life or your chosen course!
Turning up at the right time not only shows that you are keen, but also that you are reliable.
Ideally, arriving 10-15 minutes before your interview is a good idea. Turning up a few minutes before the interview is both stressful and risky. If you get a chance, take a practice run of your route. Alternatively, Google Maps is a handy tool if you want to get an idea of how long it will take to make the journey.
Know your Personal Statement
Your Personal Statement will be a key part on what the interview will be based on, so it is a good idea to familiarise yourself with what you wrote and be prepared to elaborate on your experiences in more detail.
Be prepared for unusual questions
Occasionally some interviewers may ask questions that may seem a little fun and irrelevant, but the real motive is purely to see how you would react under pressure. For instance, they could ask ‘If you could be any fruit, what would you be?’ This may seem like a random question, but there is a purpose – the content of the answer isn’t that important, but the interviewers would like to see how your react to pressure. Try to have fun with the questions.