How to ace a university interview

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How to ace a university interview
An interview is usually the first step on the way to becoming a university undergraduate student. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A university interview or audition can be a nerve-wracking experience for the prospective student. Many students don't know what to expect and worry about the questions that the interviewer will ask them. With a little preparation, though, you will have no problem acing that important university or college interview.


  1. 1

    Read about the university or college. Check out their course offerings and any other information that will help you answer questions about the institution during the interview.

  2. 2

    Prepare your answers ahead of time. Consider the questions that the interviewer may ask and decide on your answers. Generally, a university interviewer will ask questions like: Why do you want to attend this university? What are your future plans? What are your strengths and weaknesses?

  3. 3

    Write down all of your answers and try to memorise them. Ask a friend or family member to do a mock interview with you beforehand. Make your answers sound natural.

  4. 4

    Wake up early on the day of the interview. Give yourself plenty of time to get dressed and travel to the university. You don't want to go into the interview stressed.

  5. 5

    Dress appropriately. Wear clothes that you would wear to a job interview. Trousers, skirts, nice shirts and dress shoes are all options you can choose from.

  6. 6

    Ask questions. An interviewer wants to see a student that is engaged and wants to know more about the university and campus life.

Tips and warnings

  • Remember to prepare for difficult questions during the interview. An interviewer may bring up a poor exam result or your lack of participation in extracurricular activities.
  • No jeans, hats, tee-shirts or trainers should be worn to a university interview.

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