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The interview is the final chance for a student to make an impression on admissions tutors and win their offer from Oxford or Cambridge. For many students, this is the first interview of any kind, certainly of a formal nature, that they will have taken part in. As such, preparation is key.

Our Interview Preparation Course gives each student dedicated one-to-one time with Oxbridge-graduate tutors to practice their interview skills and receive personalised, bespoke feedback from which to tailor their preparation.

 

The Interview Preparation Course consists of four 30-minute one-to-one mock interviews with an Oxbridge Applications tutor. Sessions are typically held once a week over the course of four weeks, and each session is followed up with both verbal and written feedback, complete with suggestions for reading or practice work going forward.

Sessions run any day of the week and at any time which is convenient for the individual student. This allows for a tailored approach which can be adjusted to suit each student’s needs, as well as affording the ability to give direct feedback based on the progress each student is making. Students may also show a preference for one tutor throughout or different tutors each week, which we will try our best to arrange according to each student’s preference. Get in touch with our schools team for more information on specific arrangements for your pupils.

What students receive with the Interview Preparation Course

Mock Interviews

Four 30-minute one-to-one subject-specific mock Oxbridge interviews. Crucially, this experience helps students have a taste of what the interview is really like.

 

Sessions

Sessions are typically held once a week over the course of four weeks, and each session is followed up with both verbal and written feedback, complete with suggestions for reading or practice work going forward.

 

Convenience

Sessions run any day of the week and at any time which is convenient for the individual student. This allows for a tailored approach which can be adjusted to suit each student’s needs, as well as affording the ability to give direct feedback based on the progress each student is making.

Tutors

Students may also show a preference for one tutor throughout or different tutors each week, which we will try our best to arrange according to each student’s preference.

Example Package 1

 

Angeline is applying for Medicine at Cambridge. She has two and a half weeks between now and her interview and spreads her sessions out across this time. Here’s an example of the kinds of interviewers we might set her up with.

Interview One: with James, currently studying in his sixth year of Medicine, having finished his pre-clinical work at Cambridge. He interviews her in the kind of content that he encountered in his first year studying pre-clinical Medicine at Cambridge.

Interview Two: with Mo, who studied Biomedical Sciences at Oxford and interviews Angeline using a combination of real interview questions asked in Oxford and Cambridge Medicine interviews, but also testing the application of her biological knowledge to these questions.

Interview Three: with Aanya, who graduated in Medicine at Cambridge and is now studying for a PHD in Neuroscience.  Aanya tests Angeline’s response to unseen material, seeing how she responds to information she has never before encountered.

Interview Four: with Caleb, who graduated in Philosophy from Cambridge and interviews Angeline on medical ethics, and the relevance and value of the NHS.

 

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Example Package 2

 

Isaac is applying for Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) at Oxford. He has five days before his interviews and so does all four at the weekend. Here’s an example of the kinds of interviewers we might set him up with.

Interview One: with Zain, who graduated in PPE from Oxford a year ago and now works at a major London strategy consultancy firm. Zain focuses on three difficult problems with Isaac, testing his understanding of Game Theory.

Interview Two: with Alison, who is a graduate in Maths and Philosophy from Oxford and tests Isaac’s mathematical ability. The Oxford PPE course is highly mathematical, and a high level in Maths ability is an important part of the interview process.

Interview Three: with Ben, who graduated in History and Politics at Oxford and is currently working for an MP. Ben interviews Isaac on his wider reading and understanding of advanced tests he’s come across in his pursuit of Politics beyond his IB syllabus.

Interview Four: with Nabil, who graduated in PPE at Oxford and tutors full-time. Nabil builds on past Oxbridge interview questions, testing Isaac’s ability to relate them to his studies, as well as discussing Isaac’s response to events in UK news.

 

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Our mock interviews help candidates familiarise themselves with the journey and expectations for how to get into Oxford or Cambridge. An opportunity to get expert, detailed answers based on our 20 years of research to questions like these:

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What kinds of questions might be asked of me?
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What areas of my performance could be improved?
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How should I spend my time between now and the interview?

Hear From Our School Partners

Gareth-Collier "At Cardiff Sixth Form College, one of the cornerstones of our provision is that we 'demand and deliver excellence'. Our partnership with Oxbridge Applications, is a wonderful example of this, with expert guidance provided for our students and expert training provided for our staff in the pursuit of the highest university ambitions."
Gareth Collier, Principal, Cardiff Sixth Form College, 2021
Thank you so much for this afternoon with our Year 12s - the session was really useful and the feedback has been great.
Jane Collier, Head of University Advice, Hurtwood House, 2021
“Thank you so much for the interview day today. The students were nervous (which is normal) but they all commented on just how interesting and stimulating the interviews were. They all commented on the professionalism of the tutors, and they all learned a lot from the experience. They will certainly be more confident and prepared for any Oxbridge interviews that they might face in the future. Thank you again for a wonderful event!! We look forward to working with you again in the future!"
Peter Sullivan, British School of Madrid, 2020
“Aspirational, inspirational and thought-provoking; OA provided expert advice whilst engaging in an engaging and accessible manner. Absolutely hit the spot. Thank you!”
Susan Gower, Director of Sixth Form Experience, Croydon High School, 2021
“Another great day and the students, as ever, got a huge amount out of it. We hope to see you next year!”
Ed Lamb, Davenport High School, 2020
I just wanted to let you know the wonderful news that [student] has received an offer! I have no doubt that the two interviews with you played a massively vital role in securing this offer and wish to offer my most profound gratitude. Your patient and kindly approach really settled his nerves and he performed superbly well in his interviews with Cambridge. A huge "thank you" to Alison and Alicia for all of your help.
House Mistress at King's Ely School
We’ve had Oxbridge Applications help us for eight years. Efficiency, quality and adaptability are what recommend them to us, and they are consistently rated ‘outstanding’ by the pupils.
Guy Nobes, Marlborough College
Can I just say a huge thank you to you and your team. You have been amazing. The amount and quality of support has been phenomenal and we are incredibly grateful.
Nick Berman, Future Academies

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