First of all, let me apologise for the length of the title, but there was no other way around it than just to put all of that within. Second of all, lets get down to what this post is really about… With more and more universities now deciding to interview candidates before they come to the establishment, I thought I would pass on my tips on how to be the best candidate that you could be!
Make sure your dress appropriately.
After all, you don’t want to turn up in something that you would wear on a social night out. On the other hand, you also don’t want to be wearing something too over the top that you look like you have just stepped out of an office.
Of course be smart, but you also want to be comfy too! You don’t want to be fidgeting with your outfit rather then talking about why the uni should be wanting you.
If you want something to fiddle with, then perhaps bring an artefact with you. It doesn’t have to be an essay but could simply be a piece of writing or perhaps your favourite book.
Something that shows off you in a fun and interesting way and it can also take the nerves away a little as it is a good focal point to do with what you want to study.
Think of where you want to be 10 years from now. By being able to explain to the tutors exactly where you want to be 10 years from the interview shows that you know where you want to go and therefore shows how being a student with that particular university is crucial for that plan.
It also shows that you are constantly thinking, and imagination skills too!
Don’t just sit and stare, talk to the other candidates in the room.
If the tutors see that you’re making new friends, then it will show them that you are ready to come to university, as you are confident and comfortable in what could be a sticky situation for others.
Plus laughing takes away some of the nerves that you might be feeling in the tummy department.
Make sure you have done your homework. This doesn’t literally mean do some homework before you come to your interview but make sure you have either looked at the website of the university or the prospectus so you know about the course and more importantly, you can ask the tutor questions about the course.
By asking questions it shows that you have as much interest in the university as they do in you.
But what is most important is to make sure you have a good and healthy breakfast; by making sure you have had a good meal before hand, your tummy won’t start rumbling half way through as well as it making you feel 100% ready for the upcoming day!
Hope this helps you feel better about any upcoming interviews!