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Title: University Interviews

University Interviews
  • Laura Meadowcroft
  • Sally Raby
  • Education Liaison
  • University of Bradford
  • 01274 233052

University Interviews
  • Why do universities interview?
  • Types of interview
  • Courses that interview at Bradford
  • What are we looking for some examples
  • Preparing students for interview
  • Interview Tips

Why do universities interview?
  • Requirement of external body (e.g. Nursing and
    Midwifery Council)
  • More applicants than places
  • Vocational or practical courses
  • Build on Personal Statement
  • Opportunity to find out more about institution
    and ask questions

Types of interview
  • One-to-one
  • Panel (2 or more interviewers)
  • Presentation
  • Activity/test (e.g. language/numeracy)
  • Group

Group Interviews
  • Why do universities choose group interviews?
  • See how you perform and communicate with others
  • Encourages interviewees to relax
  • Less time consuming

Group Interviews
  • What format do group interviews take?
  • Varies widely
  • Initial welcome/presentation
  • Icebreaker
  • Group discussion/activity
  • Feedback
  • Numeracy and literacy test
  • QA

Contributing- Group Interviews
  • Be polite and friendly to other candidates
  • Make an active contribution to discussions
  • Avoid dominating the conversation
  • Do not interrupt other candidates
  • Avoid heated conflict
  • Give praise where appropriate

Courses that Interview
  • School of Health
  • All undergraduate courses that incorporate a
    professional qualification
  • School of Life Sciences
  • Clinical Sciences
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Biomedical Science
  • School of Social and International Studies
  • Social Work

Courses that interview
  • School of Engineering, Design and Technology
  • Product Design and Automotive Design
  • School of Computing, Informatics and Media
  • Media Courses
  • Creative Technology courses

Clinical Sciences interview structure
  • We interview for both points of entry
  • All applications are assessed against both
    academic and non-academic criteria.  Applicants
    who score above our threshold are invited for
  •  To date we have done a structured individual
    interview each candidate is interviewed for 25
    minutes by 2 members of academic staff.
  •  We havent used any kind of performative or
    group task in interviews so far but this may

Clinical Sciences what are we looking for?
  • Motivation and insight into the course and
    medicine/health professions (including reflection
    on what a candidate has gained from work
    experience etc)
  • Social and Cultural awareness and the impact on
    health /barriers to accessing healthcare etc
  • Responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Communication skills
  • Commitment
  • Academic potential

Optometry structure and what we are looking for.
  • Students are interviewed as part of an Applicant
    Visit Day
  • Structure of the day
  • 45 minute lecture
  • Group interview 45 minutes, 1 academic and 4
  • Tour of the department
  • Opportunity to talk to 2nd year and final year
  • Accommodation Tour
  • Lunch attended by academics
  • Group interview consists of 1 academic and four
    applicants. They are assessing the students
    personality to see if they can communicate and
    will make an effective Optometrist. They also
    like students to have completed work experience
    and to be able to demonstrate that they
    understand the role.

Social Work - Interview Structure
  • Observed group exercise - Short film clip,20
    minutes to discuss issues it raises
  • Written Exercise comprehensible written English
  • Interview 7 questions, 2 interviewers
    Academic and Practitioner

  • Social Work What are we looking for?
  • Students who have some capacity to cope with
    stressful situations and have the potential to
    respond appropriately
  • Students who have a good understanding of the
    roles of social workers and the skills and
    knowledge they use
  • Students who have an ability to analyse their
  • Have potential to develop into a reflective
  • Students who are open to exploring their own
  • Have potential to develop an active commitment to
    social work values.

Preparing students for interviews
  • Find out interview format
  • Confirm attendance
  • Plan their journey
  • Highlight the importance of dressing
  • Research the University and course
  • Read up on current affairs/issues

Preparing students for interviews
  • Read up on current affairs/issues
  • Importance of re-reading their Personal Statement
  • How to prepare answers to key questions
  • Encourage them to think of examples of their
    skills, qualities and experiences

Preparing students for interviews
  • Arrive in plenty of time
  • Report to specified location 10-20 minutes before
    your interview time
  • Take along any documents requested
  • Be polite to everyone you meet
  • Smile!

The interview - effect of communication
  • Non verbal signals/ body language 55
  • Tone of Voice 37
  • Message content (words used) 8

During the interview
  • Listen carefully to and take time to think
  • Ask for clarification if necessary
  • Watch your body language and maintain eye contact
  • Avoid distracting mannerisms
  • Speak clearly and firmly no waffling
  • Be positive about problem areas

Non-Verbal Communication
  • Clothes/ appearance
  • Eye Contact
  • Facial Expression
  • Posture
  • Gestures
  • SMILE!

How you say things
Show you are listening
Avoid distracting mannerism dont fidget or play
with your hair
Speak slowly and clearly
When answering
  • Highlights strengths
  • Minimise weakness
  • Be enthusiastic and positive
  • Give specific examples to back up answers
  • Give themselves time to answer
  • Keep in mind that interviewers will know answers
    to some questions that they ask but assume that
    they do not!

Some traditional questions
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why did you apply for the course?
  • What are your strengths / weaknesses?
  • What is your greatest achievement(s) to date?
  • How do you motivate yourself?
  • Why do you choose (your course) and why the
    University of Bradford?
  • What do you enjoy most about your studies? What
    did you least enjoy?
  • Describe how you typically approach a project
  • How would your tutor describe your work

  • Thank you for listening
  • Any Questions?