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Preparing questions to ask the interviewer

What should you ask the interviewer at a university interview? This article provides you with some advice
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So we’ve thought all about how you should answer the questions you’ve been asked by the interviewer… now to think about turning the tables and what to ask back!

Not all interviews will have time built in for asking questions of the interviewer, or you may have multiple interviewers where asking questions during the interview may be inappropriate; however if you are able to, interviewers will welcome questions from you.

The questions you ask of the interviewer are not formally assessed but will add to the impression the assessor has of you, as well as showing them that you are engaged and show a clear interest in the course and institution.

Some top tips to remember when preparing some questions to ask the interviewer in advance:

  • Make sure you don’t ask something that could have easily been found out online.
  • Use your questions to show you are keen, ready to learn and want to experience a full degree.
  • Ask the appropriate person. Particularly if you are taking part in an interview for a Medical course, assessors you come into contact with may not have an in-depth knowledge of the course. Assessors for these interviews could be clinicians, university professional support staff, retired colleagues, patients or school teachers. They won’t identify themselves either so as not to influence your answers throughout! If this is the case for you, ask the student ambassadors present or contact the course email address.
  • Make sure that you ask questions which will provide you with the knowledge to make the right decision for you. Remember, you need to choose the course and institution just as much as they need to choose you!
  • Use this part of the interview to decompress. Some courses may not have a formal question time, but give you the space to think about how you have found the day and give feedback, or express any worries or concerns. Make sure you are honest (though not rude or confrontational!) and leave it all at the interview.

What questions have you asked of interviewers in the past? Share your thoughts with the community in the discussion below!

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