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Preparing for an Interview - Additional Tips for Success

Overview

Many students applying for postgraduate admissions will find that having an interview is not a requirement. However, for some degrees such as MBAs or for some scholarship programmes, you will have the option to interview. If you have the opportunity, an interview can be an ideal opportunity to enhance your application by highlighting elements of your academic interests and character that may be easier to convey in person rather than on paper. Read on for more information about logistics, preparing for an interview and additional tips for success.

Whether a compulsory or optional element of the application process, students will likely have the opportunity to have an interview in the UK or over the phone, rather than be asked to attend an on-campus interview. Often universities will be able and willing to arrange for an alumnus/a in your local area to conduct the interview. Alternatively, a faculty member or graduate admissions staff may be planning a trip to the UK for a recruitment event and might be available to interview you during their stay. In the event that a university requires that you attend an on-campus interview, you may then wish to ask whether they are able to provide assistance with your travel expenses.

Preparing for an Interview

We recommend you arrange several mock interviews with friends, family or advisors to practice answering potential questions. By doing so, you will be more likely to have well-organised and thoughtful responses to questions that are likely to be asked. However, it is important not to memorise your answers as you want to come across as genuine, rather than rehearsed.

You should anticipate being asked a variety of general information questions that might include:

After asking you a series of questions, you interviewer is likely to ask you whether you have any questions for them. To ensure that you make the most of this offer, we recommend that you prepare a few questions in advance to ask them. The most important rule of thumb when devising questions for your interviewer is to ask questions that cannot be answered by reading the university’s website or prospectus, such as:

Additional Tips for Success