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It is important to prepare for the interview; however, interviewers can tell which candidates have been over-coached by well-meaning parents or teachers. Nevertheless, you can take some measures to prepare and build up your confidence in your own opinions.

Think of some obvious questions and work out possible answers

Typical “ice-breaker” questions could include:

  • What have you most recently read relevant to the subject you are applying for?
  • What aspect of your recent academic studies have you most enjoyed?

Not all interviewers start with these, some are more original!

Re-read any written work you have submitted

Just so you know what you’ve said and think about how you could expand on anything you have written.

Re-read your personal statement

Vital for reminding yourself of that 2 week’s work experience on a farm, or that you’re passionate about the works of Shakespeare or that you took on the challenging role of social secretary to the VI Form football team.

Read around your subject

In arts subjects read some of the significant works that have been written (and remember the author and title) about the topics you’re studying at A-level and not just those on your reading list. In science subjects, read around parts of the subjects that really interest you in scientific journals or popular science books.

Think of topics you would like to talk about or the crucial aspects of your subject and read up on them

If you’ve submitted an essay and there’s an aspect of it you think is fundamental to the subject, read around it. If there is something you’re particularly interested in, again read around it (if you’re interested in this then you should enjoy this part anyway!).

Talk to people about your subject

The chances are that you've never actually sat down and talked to someone at length about your subject, why you want to study it and what you find particularly interesting. Once you can sit down with people you know and explain just why gravity is the most fascinating phenomenon ever or how the works of Shakespeare changed your life, talking to people who share your enthusiasm for your subject will seem much easier!

Keep up-to-date with any newsworthy developments in your subject

Although the interviews won’t test your knowledge of current affairs, some interviewers may expect you to know of any recent developments in the subject area. Read a Sunday newspaper, check a news website regularly, or read a journal or magazine about your subject. This will also help you in your VI Form or college studies.