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Lateral thinking skills are one of the vital components in your interview arsenal. It’s important to be able to analyse a question and clearly show how you are working through your answer, as well as keeping your cool in the interview environment when faced with an unknown question. Ahead of our Interview Preparation Days later this month, we’ve asked our tutors to pose typical interview questions for you to practice your lateral thinking. For those of you attending this weekend’s Interview Preparation Days in London on Saturday 10th November and Manchester on Sunday 11th November, we’ve also got some goodies up for grabs. The best answer submitted by Thursday 8th November at 5pm will win a £25 Amazon voucher! Answers must be 300 words or less, and our expert tutors will judge the winners. The winners will be announced at our Interview Preparation Days on Saturday and Sunday. Email your answers to by the closing date to be in with a chance of winning. Take a look at the following subject areas and choose the question you’d like to answer:

Biological and medical sciences: Is the Hippocratic oath relevant to medicine in the 21st century? Think about what the purpose of the oath is and what the purpose of the medical profession is, and whether these are compatible.

Humanities and the arts: Should we assess the personal beliefs of artists and musicians when deciding to display or perform their works? Think about the relationship between creator and their work and society’s reaction to works, including examples.

Literature and languages: ‘Poetry makes nothing happen…’: W. H. Auden. Do you think that works of literature can have a significant and concrete impact on society? Think about whether works of literature can have a significant and concrete impact on society, using specific examples.

Physical and mathematical sciences: Consider two identical clock systems each consisting of a light beam reflected back and forth between two parallel plate mirrors, a distance d apart. The second clock is travelling at a speed v, where the light travels perpendicularly to the motion of the clock. Will both clocks yield the same times? If not (a) which shows the ‘correct’ time and (b) how different are the two times shown by the two clock? Consider starting from where you are standing still and calculate things from this perspective.  Then see how someone else might view it.

Social sciences and law: Has capitalism turned us into a society of selfish individuals? Think about whether we owe a duty to each other as members of society, and whether there is a duty of humanity. If you’re still looking for some more interview practice, and you want to get involved in the competition, take a look at our Interview Preparation Days coming up this weekend, and throughout November and December.

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