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Do you have an interview in Oxbridge? Yes, it's real!


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Do you have an interview in Oxbridge? Yes, it's real!


During the Christmas holidays, the entrants Oxford and Cambridge are more concerned about the admission problem than the traditional pursuit of gifts and home decorations. December is the traditional period of interviews in these prestigious universities, and the entrants experience logical excitement and anxiety.

Cambridge recently filmed a movie in which 4 fresh-year students re-enter the introductory interview (all of them are already enrolled in their chosen courses), give examples of questions and answers, talk about all the subtleties and features of admission. Dr. Mike Sewell (who works as head of the Cambridge University Admission Committee) claims that the film authentically and visually demonstrates that the university, during the interview, focuses on the student's ability to answer specialized questions, the ability to orientate, and not only to present itself impeccably. Sometimes applicants are mistaken, and this is normal - this does not negate their ability to study in Cambridge. It is much more important that the student demonstrates a desire to learn, a desire for self-development, a good level of learning, a healthy perseverance and perseverance. It is difficult enough to constantly and continuously adhere to its firm point of view, and the manifestation of this quality is highly valued by the staff of the university. The official page of the university gives a lot of advice on "How to better prepare for the interview":

  • Complete your knowledge of the chosen subject and discipline: read more scientific articles in specialized journals and the Internet, profile literature, attend seminars and free lectures
  • Think over the strategy of your behavior during the interview, think , What questions can you ask and what will be your answers
  • Be prepared to demonstrate excellent knowledge of the chosen subject and boundary areas of specialization, interest in learning it, a deep understanding of its features and significance
  • Review and re-read all the characteristics, written papers and essays that you Sent to the university in a general package of documents
  • Ask your teachers to train you, arrange a role-playing interview game.

Cambridge and the University of Oxford have not lagged behind - on its site there is also a list of sample questions that can be asked by the applicant at an interview . Subjects of questions depend on the chosen specialty: applicants for the biological faculty can ask about the diversity of flora and fauna in the rainforest, and the entrants of the art critic will be asked to tell about a picture that he did not meet before, ask her to analyze, tell about the artist. Dr. Samina Khan, who works as director of the Oxford Admissions Committee (Bachelor's program), argues that interviewers have no purpose to ask exceptionally controversial and provocative questions. Students do not try to "fill up" - even not quite right answers can demonstrate your resourcefulness and ability to emerge from the situation as a winner, show your way of thinking, the ability to accept and generate new ideas - these qualities are among the most attractive and valuable among the entrants.

Interviewing is not an interrogation

According to student Fred Gray (1 course of the Faculty of Ancient and Contemporary History, Oxford), interviews are as follows:

"Christmas is always a time of traditions, fairy tales and legends, and interviews in Oxbridge, held at this time, also inevitably grow with myths, many of which have nothing to do with reality. There are even special training courses for the interview, and their cost is up to 300 pounds sterling for half a day classes! The majority of undergraduate students in a hurry check their provided creative work, practically memorize their personal characteristics, and make up answers to the alleged questions. In fact, "about", an ideal interview does not exist - interviews are wrapped in a lot of prejudice, and I would like to dispel many of them. "

Should we expect surprises? Yes!

Remember that the admissions office of such famous universities as Oxford and Cambridge is really impartial - but that does not mean that interviews take place on a strictly limited scale, that they are predictable and identical. For example, you may not even be asked about the characteristics of your personal characteristics, but ask to talk about any literary work, picture or drawing! At the same time deliberately insidious questions, there is no "stall" as such - the specialists are simply interested in your opinion, and if you are at a loss with the answers, they easily suggest simpler questions. The main goal is to understand the thinking of the applicant, his thinking skills, to give him the opportunity to show his abilities and demonstrate endurance, self-control and resourcefulness.

Pauses are not the end of the world

Most students are interviewed by 3 people, with only one asking questions - the others follow your reaction and self-confidence. Do not be afraid of embarrassment: it's normal if you have a pause in silence before answering the next question - you just think, and members of the admissions committee understand this well. All refinements are carried out gently and delicately, without the slightest pressure - but all the examples and cases from real practice that you will bring will be carefully checked for reliability, here it is definitely not worth inventing something for the "red words". The second interview may include preparatory work - for example, you may be given an article or part of a scientific study (the topic is selected in accordance with the specialty for which the applicant is applying). The second interview is aimed at understanding how quickly and well you are able to assimilate information, catch the necessary facts, rank the received data and structure it.

There is no unambiguous prescription for a successful interview - it is more consultation and conversation than interrogation. You must demonstrate good knowledge of the documents you submitted (creative works, letters of appreciation, essays and personal characteristics), but the main thing is that you must show that you are able to think even in a strict stressful situation, quickly find answers to unexpected questions, orient yourself in new information, assimilate New facts.

One should not be afraid of admission, excitement can play a bad joke with you and does not increase your chances of getting at all. Take a deep breath - and go to Oxbridge!

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