More than often it’s required that you may need to attend an interview for your chosen university you want to attend… Commonly for those you do not have their IELTS which is known as your English speaking level.
Not to worry; Having an interview at your chosen university isn’t as intimidating as some say it is, It can even be a way to find out more about the course you wish to study, the university its self and any other questions you may want to ask about your new campus.
Here are our 7 Pointers to have you prepared for your university interview.
- Be Yourself – First thing is first, be yourself – Universities are not court room’s where a judge is making a decision on every word that you say, not even close! Although a university is an educational institution..They are a fun and interactive place for student and peers to communicate and be their self’s – therefore we say be yourself in the interview.. Feel free to ask any questions during your interview. Remember it’s a two-way conversation!
- Know what to expect – Although we say be yourself in the interview, you still should know what kind of questions they may ask you.. In our experience it’s generally about the course and why you have chosen to study the chosen course, what your current schedule is like, so they can determine if you can handle the workload of the course and they may also ask why you chose the university as your primary choice and what differed your decision over the other universities you had in mind. Eg –
- Why have you chosen to study accounting and what do you know about our course offered
- The course is 20 hours per week + addition study, how will you be able to manage this and you’re outside activities like work and hobbies?
- What made you choose our university
- Be on time – As an agreement to meet up with a chosen person or party, there’s always a time agreed. Like the interview, we urge you not to be late. As you only have one chance to make that first impression try to be on time. This is so you can calm yourself if you’re nervous or prepare for self for the interview. Being late may give an indication of how you will be like when attending your lectures and seminars.
- Be Informed – As we mentioned questions around your desired course, we urge that you skewer every bit of information about it, the more you know the better, and the person or people in the interview will admire this and will acknowledge that you know your stuff and your potential future. Doing your research will also give you good insight on the modules, timeline, and structure of the course which you can ask if you are unsure about anything relating to this.
- Your Personal statement – for the obvious reason will contribute to the interview as it’s considered the next step. Before attending your interview go over your personal statement and render what you have spoken about. There is a fair chance they will ask you some questions regarding what you have put in your personal statement. – If you would like any information about how to write and put together a personal statement visit us at our Career Profile and Application Service section! 🙂
- University Interview Questions – Like we briefly spoke about above, have a list of questions to ask. It doesn’t hurt to help expand your insight of what you already know about the university, your course, and important dates and vital information you may not know about until you ask! It could lead into getting some great contacts to get in touch with, like fellow students in your position or study groups.
Some good questions to ask are:
- Can you tell me a bit more about the course I have chosen?
- Are there any important dates I should know about
- May I see the timetable and schedule of my classes (If it’s available?)
- Are there any study groups or student support parties I could join or attend
Is my level of English good enough to understand the content structured in the course (if you’re an International Student?)
- Remember it’s not all about the university, it’s about you! – Its commonly thought that it’s about the university having a decision process whether to accept your application and let you study at their campus. Quite frankly for most universities, it works both ways. Universities need students to nurture the minds of tomorrow just like we need a university to give us the knowledge to reach our potential.