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First Steps to Preparing for Oxbridge Interviews

Congratulations! You've successfully submitted your applications to Oxford and Cambridge, a process which no doubt has involved lots of preparation and hard work so far. Now comes the next crucial step in your journey - preparing for the Oxbridge interviews. These interviews are a unique and integral part of the admission process, designed to assess your intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and ability to think on your feet. If you're unsure about where to start, don't worry; we're here to guide you through the first steps of preparing for Oxbridge-style interviews.



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Understanding the Oxbridge Interview:

Before diving into preparation, it's essential to grasp the nature of Oxbridge interviews. Unlike traditional university interviews, Oxbridge interviews are academically rigorous and primarily focus on your subject knowledge and your potential to excel in your chosen field. These interviews are designed to challenge your thinking, so be prepared to discuss complex ideas and concepts.

Research Your Course:

Begin by thoroughly researching your chosen course. You should have a deep understanding of the subject, including key concepts, recent developments, and influential figures. The interviewers will expect you to demonstrate your passion for the subject and your eagerness to explore it further.

Practise Critical Thinking:

Oxbridge interviews often involve problem-solving and critical thinking tasks. Practice solving challenging problems related to your subject. This can help you develop your analytical skills and improve your ability to think under pressure. Seek out sample interview questions and try to answer them thoughtfully. Our e-book, So You Want to Go to Oxbridge? Tell me About a Banana…, contains mock interview questions taken from real Oxbridge interviews, and is free to download when you register on our website.

Mock Interviews:

Consider participating in mock interviews. Your school may offer this service, or you can find online resources. Mock interviews allow you to experience the interview environment and receive valuable feedback on your performance. If you’re not able to access mock interviews through school (or you want some extra practice), our mock interview package helps you prepare with formal mock interview sessions held by expert Oxbridge-graduate mentors.

Read Widely:

Expand your reading list to include academic journals, books, and articles related to your subject. This not only enhances your knowledge but also helps you engage in insightful discussions during the interview. Remember, interviewers are looking for candidates who are intellectually curious and well-read.

Personal Statement Review:

Review your personal statement. Interviewers may use it as a basis for their questions. Be prepared to elaborate on the experiences, interests, and achievements you've mentioned in your statement.

Stay Calm and Confident:

Interviews can be nerve-wracking, but remember that the interviewers are not there to intimidate you. They want to see your potential. Stay calm, maintain eye contact, and answer questions thoughtfully. If you don't know the answer to a question, it's okay to admit it; interviewers appreciate honesty.

Preparing for Oxbridge interviews can be a challenging but rewarding process. Remember, it's not just about what you know but how you think. Start early, research your course thoroughly, practise critical thinking, and seek guidance through mock interviews. Stay confident and remember that your interviewers are looking for the spark of curiosity and passion within you. With dedication and preparation, you can make a strong impression and increase your chances of securing a spot at Oxford or Cambridge. Good luck on your journey to Oxbridge!

Mock Interview Package

Experience the real Oxbridge interview process with our online Mock Interview Package. Conducted by vetted Oxbridge-graduate tutors, our comprehensive four-session package includes tailor-made questions, in-depth feedback, and flexible scheduling to set you up for success.

Oxbridge Mock Interview Package

Get Oxbridge-ready with our online Mock Interview Package. Four expert-led sessions, personalised feedback, and flexible timing ensure you're prepared for success.

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