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What is feedback?

An article explaining what interview feedback is
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Interview feedback is essentially the process of the interviewer letting you know how you did, usually covering bits that you did well and areas that you could improve upon.

University interview feedback is often a little different to receiving job interview feedback. Both are usually only given upon request, but you may find that university interview feedback is not as in depth, due to the number of applicants that departments will interview. We’ll cover what kind of feedback you are likely to receive in the next step.

There is some fantastic advice and guidance out there on when you can expect a reply from universities following your application and interview – try TheUniGuide for more general advice.

We would always recommend that you ask for feedback after an interview. You may not receive anything in-depth, but it is always worth finding out as much as you can so that you can use it going forwards.

Self reflection after an interview is also really important. We talked about emotions in the previous step, and analysis of this can also add to any official feedback from your assessors. You may want to think about the following:

  • How did you feel as the interview progressed?
  • What were the positives? What do you know you did well?
  • What (if anything) did you not mention?
  • Were there any aspects of the interview that you know went wrong?
  • Did you keep eye contact?

Usually we tend to blow things out of proportion and so we would recommend this self reflection alongside seeking official feedback where you can so that you have the full picture.

You will often be given an email address or a specific member of staff/team to contact regarding feedback following a university interview. If in doubt, contact the team that sent you the initial invitation to interview or the Admissions team for the course you are applying for.

Does this align with your idea of what feedback is, which we asked you in the introduction to this week? Is there anything else you would add to this? Share with the community in the discussion below!

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