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Higher education interviews

Interview skills video

This video shows you how to approach a university interview, with key points to remember beforehand.

You will also find an apprencticeship interview guide, a corporate panel interview guide and employer tips on the Skills Jersey YouTube channel.

What will my higher education interview involve?

Interviews vary significantly between institutions and courses. They can follow a traditional one-to-one question and answer format but increasingly students are asked to complete tasks, either individually or in a group, or complete other forms of assessment.

How do I prepare?

Before

  • make sure you know where you are going and how long it will take you to get there
  • read the prospectus and any course literature
  • re-read your application particularly your personal statement
  • find out about the current issues in your subject area and read up on them
  • practice: arrange a mock interview with teachers at school or at Skills Jersey

On the day

  • dress appropriately – you won’t need a suit but you should look clean and smart
  • be punctual – take contact numbers just in case
  • be enthusiastic - think about your body language
  • if you are unsure about a question ask for it to be repeated
  • ask questions – not things that are easy to find in the prospectus or on the website

After

  • remember that an interview is also the chance for you to find out if a place is right for you so think about the whole experience
  • make some notes on questions and answers, what went well and things you could have improved upon - ready for the next time
  • sit back and wait for the offer 

Further information

There are many websites offering information, advice and guidance on interview skills.
The Student Room website

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