How to ace your University interview: 9 top tips


If you have a University interview coming up, make note of these top tips to fly through it.

Read the invitation fully

Of course make sure you know where you need to be when, but also note any details of what you made need to bring with you and to expect. For example, some interviews may require you come along with a portfolio of work.

Figure out how to get there

Whether it be by bicycle, train, bus , car or a friendly lift from the parents - make sure you know how to get to the location of the interview. Note that this may not necessarily be where you'll be studying should you get in, with some campuses spread many miles across cities.

If taking public transport, be sure to check timetables in advance and look up any planned disruptions like engineering works which could cause delays.

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Plan to arrive early

With even the best will in the world, it's likely an unforeseen incident could cause you to end up late. Aim to arrive between 15 to 30 minutes beforehand to give you some breathing space should anything go wrong.

Prepare your own questions

University interviews are a two way street. You'll likely be given the University the best part of £30,000 and three years of your life, so ask questions and get them to sell themselves to you just as much as you try to appeal to them.

Ready your answers

Although you can't predict exactly what interviews were asked, here are some typical University interview questions examples to go over and prepare answers for should they pop.

Do a mock interview

A super handy tip, especially if you're a nervous interviewer! Get a teacher, friend or family member to give you a mock interview. You can use the above University interview question examples to test yourself on the spot under interview conditions.

What to wear

While what you look like shouldn't change the outcome of your interview, first impressions definitely do count. If no dress code is supplied by the University, play it safe with a smart-casual look - just don't overdo it...

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Sleep, eat and drink well

It's not the best idea to go out on a drunken all nighter the day before your interview. Get a good night's sleep, drink plenty of water and have a good breakfast to put your mind in the right space.

Take your time

A university interview isn't a gameshow against the clock. Interviewers are looking for you to form well thought-out responses to their questions. Don't be afraid to ask "for a moment to think" or, if needed, for the interviewer to repeat or clarify the question.

About the author: Thomas Brella

Thomas Brella is the founder of Student Hacks, starting the website in 2013 while studying at the University of Brighton to share tips and tricks on life as a cash-strapped student. He's now spent over 10 years scoping out the best ways to live on a budget

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