Got an interview for University?

12 tips on how to prepare
Jaycee Withey, Psychology student
  1. Make sure you know exactly what to expect on the day. Read the information we send you about what time to arrive, what to bring with you and whether you will be asked to perform any additional tasks. All interview correspondence is sent by email, so keep a close eye on your inbox for this.
  2. Prepare for key questions such as why do you want to study this course; why have you applied to study here; what skills and qualities do you have that make you a suitable candidate for this course; what are your career ambitions? If you have applied for more than one programme, be prepared to give reasons for this.
  3. Research the course thoroughly. "I’m always impressed when applicants have good knowledge of the course," says Dr Graeme Boswell, lecturer in Maths. "For example, this might be by mentioning our high position in the National Student Satisfaction Survey, or asking about specific modules that can be studied during the course."
  4. Be informed about news and current affairs in your area of interest. Read trade press and industry websites for the latest information and trends.
  5. If a test is required as part of your interview, ensure that you have revised or researched your topic comprehensively e.g. for Journalism and Nursing you will need a good understanding of current affairs and the profession you are about to enter.
  6. If you need a portfolio for your interview, read the guidelines we send you. Be prepared to talk about your portfolio and about who, or what, influences you in your work. 
  7. The secret to performing well is preparation and practice, so enlist the help of family, friends and teachers for mock interviews. Ask them to comment on your body language and how you speak, as well as your overall confidence and enthusiasm for your subject.
  8. Re-read your personal statement the day before to remind yourself of what you have written as interviewers will want to talk through the points you have raised. 
  9. Be on time! Make sure you know where you need to go and arrive with plenty of time to spare.
  10. Dress in smart, comfortable clothes, especially if it’s for a professional course such as nursing or teaching.
  11. Remember, the interview is a two-way process. The interview is also your opportunity to decide if you like the University and can see yourself studying here. Make a note of anything you want to know or ask us.
  12. Relax! We understand that applicants who are stressed or nervous don’t always perform well at interview so our interviews are relaxed and informal. 
 Picture shows: Jaycee Withey, Psychology student