As regular readers here at Collegiate will already be aware, we have been regularly updating our site with the student advice you need, both during term time and throughout the summer, so you can make the very most out of your time at university.

We continue this theme in this latest article. Discover our top tips for nailing your university interview and ensuring you seal that spot at the university of your choice.

Nail Your University Interview

We have put our heads together and come up with some of our favourite university interview tips. You may have heard some of these before at your sixth form or college and some may be new to you altogether.

Follow our university interview advice and you could well be heading to your preferred university. Don’t panic, the process can seem quite stressful but everyone involved will do their best to help you get into the university of your choice.


Although academic prowess is of course the first defining criteria for your university interview, your interviewer will be looking for a candidate that offers something a little bit different.

They will most likely be interviewing dozens of candidates on the same day that you are being interviewed, so be sure to make an impression. Make sure you communicate your enthusiasm and drive. Leave them thinking that you offer their institution something the rest of the pack do not.

Make notes in the interview, and make sure you talk about any previous experience you have had. This will help you to communicate your talents and experience, as well as help you to showcase your personality. The university are accepting you as a person, they don’t just want your grades.

Knowledge of the University

Perhaps one of our most crucial university interview tips is to ensure that you have read the university prospectus in detail. The best way to fail in this all-important university interview preparation is to answer a key question incorrectly, or to simply appear as if you haven’t prepared suitably.

If the university you are interviewing for don’t think you are truly passionate about their institution and course, it goes without saying that they won’t be offering you a place for the forthcoming academic campaign. Of course, if you have your heart truly set on the university in question then this won’t be an issue as you will probably have read that brochure from cover to cover.

Review Your Personal Statement

Although you may have written this some time ago, back when you were drafting your very first UCAS form, it is a good idea to have a check over your personal statement before your interview.

You may have mentioned some skills or reading you have forgotten about alongside your recent performance and course details. This is one of the things your interviewer will read about you when assessing your application. It will also flag anything you forgot to mention in your personal statement, which you can bring up in the interview.

Have a good read through and ensure you can talk about any areas that may have changed and be well prepared to answer any tricky questions that they may fire at you.

How To Beat The Nerves

This advice isn’t just for university interview preparation and advice, but any similar situation you may find yourself dealing with in the future. Try not to let nerves get the better of you when you head to your university interview.

This is easier said than done. We recommend taking a moment for yourself while waiting for your interview to start so you can collect your thoughts.

Be confident, even if you don’t feel it. If you get particularly nervous, why not watch this TED talk about gaining confidence by changing your body language to influence your mindset?

Remember, you have been invited for your interview because you have already impressed the faculty, and they want to find out more. So be encouraged by that and head into it with confidence. This will really leave an impression on your interviewer and give you the best possible chance of being accepted onto your chosen course.

Prepare Questions Of Your Own

As with any interview, having your own questions is of paramount importance. As we have mentioned, earning great grades is only half the battle. By asking detailed questions your interviewer will see how keen and knowledgeable you are about your chosen course of study.

Think about what you want to know about the area, the course, how the degree is structured and even the seminar and lecture set up. Your university will love to answer these questions and this will not only help to settle nerves, but build a rapport between you and your interviewer.

So, these are our top tips for nailing that crucial university interview to give you the best chance of being accepted into your desired university and course.

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