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Supporting You with Your University Interview

Gain tips and support on how to prepare for your university interview, from what to research to understanding interview feedback.

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Learn how to map out and prepare for the entire interview process

On this three-week course from the University of York, you’ll gain insights, tips, and techniques to help you prepare for and complete your university interview. You’ll also look at what is likely to happen after the interview and how to deal with feedback.

Explore the different types and formats of university interviews

University interview formats will differ depending on which institution you are interviewing at and the course you are interviewing for.

You’ll delve into the different formats that university interviews can take and how best to prepare for each. You’ll also look at other aspects of pre-interview preparation, from understanding your invitation to preparing a piece of work ahead of time.

Discover tips for your interview day and how to structure answers

This course will guide you through the entire process of university interviews, including what questions you might be asked and what Admissions Tutors are looking for. You’ll also gain tips for the day itself such as how to practice, doing your research, and engage with a bank of examples.

You’ll also look at ways to efficiently structure your answers and what questions you should ask your interviewer, both to gain vital information and to show engagement and enthusiasm for the subject.

Develop interview techniques and strategies with the experts from the University of York

At the University of York, there are several courses that use interviews as part of their application process. Throughout this course, you’ll hear from a range of colleagues from across the university to give you a real insight into the process.

You’ll also hear real-life experiences from students who have been through a university interview themselves, helping you map out how to take on a university interview to the best of your ability.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 seconds Entering Higher Education is an exciting life milestone for anyone wanting to gain a degree, continue their education, gain a higher level qualification or gain access to professional careers.

Skip to 0 minutes and 26 seconds As a potential applicant, there are so many things to look forward to, from meeting new people, to delving deeper into a subject you are passionate about. You may be asked to undertake an interview as part of your application, and in this short course, we will help you consider all the ways you can show yourself to the best possible advantage. Interviews are also an opportunity for you too, and a great way to find out more about your university of choice. Together, we will explore questions

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 seconds which many interviewees always ask, such as: What will happen when I attend? Why does the university do interviews? And what are they looking for?

Skip to 1 minute and 9 seconds Our course will aim to equip you, no matter what your background or past experience, with the knowledge and skills needed to prepare and give a university interview your best effort. Together, we’ll look at how to prepare, how to engage in the interview process, and how to understand any feedback you may receive.

Skip to 1 minute and 31 seconds Every learner deserves to have the best chance at a successful university interview and we want to give you the insights and tips you’ll need to prepare effectively and shine on the day. Join us, and find out more about the world of university interviews as you get ready to take your next step in your educational journey.

Syllabus

  • Week 1

    University interviews: what and why?

    • Introduction

      The introduction to the first week of our course!

    • What and why?

      Find out what university interviews are and why some courses use them

    • Interview formats

      Find out the different types of interview usually used by universities as part of the application process for some courses

    • Understanding your invitation to university interview

      We share some examples of what an invitation to university interview may look like, so as to better understand what it will likely contain and how to approach it.

    • Dealing with interview nerves & anxiety

      Why do we get nervous? We share some information and tips on what you can do to contain your anxiety during interview

    • End of the week

      An end of the week summary and time for reflection

  • Week 2

    Preparing for and attending a university interview

    • Introduction

      The introduction to the second week of our course!

    • Preparing for a university interview

      During this section, we share what Admissions Tutors are looking for and encourage you to think about your own skills

    • University interview questions

      What kind of questions might you be asked? How should you prepare for them and what are Admissions Tutors looking for? This activity uncovers it all

    • General tips for the day

      This section looks at general tips for the day from what to wear, to being punctual and everything in between

    • End of the week

      An end of the week summary and time for reflection

  • Week 3

    What happens next?

    • Introduction

      The introduction to the third and final week of our course!

    • How you may feel post interview

      "My interview went SO well!"..."Aaaargh my interview was terrible!"..."Oh no, I didn't say..." All very typical post interview responses! We share what to do

    • Interview feedback

      What is feedback? What information are you likely to receive post interview? How should you deal with it? Read on for the details

    • Options going forward

      What your options going forwards are, whether you have been successful or unsuccessful.

    • End of the week

      A final end of the week summary and time for reflection

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Discuss what university interviews are and why we do them
  • Evaluate how to prepare for a university interview, including understanding your own skills
  • Assess how to structure your answers and what to ask the interviewer
  • Explore why you may get nervous around interviews and learn some techniques on how to keep calm

  • Develop your understanding of what feedback is and how to use it in the future


Who is the course for?

This course is designed for first and second year college students, Year 12 and 13 students, and mature students returning to learning.

If you are looking at or have applied to a university course that uses an interview as part of the application process, this course will help you with the preparation and process of the university interview.

Who will you learn with?

Hi I'm Jen, an Access & Outreach Manager at the University of York. I studied Geography at university and in my free time I love to read and get outside in the fresh air.

Hello! I work in Access & Outreach, mostly on our Shine and Next Step York programmes. I studied Literature at university, and in my free time I love to read, bake, crochet and knit.

Who developed the course?

University of York

The University of York combines the pursuit of academic excellence with a culture of inclusion, which encourages everyone – from a variety of backgrounds – to achieve their best.

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