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College and Sixth Form Interview Tips

When you’re offered an interview at college, you may feel nervous before the interview. Doing some preparation beforehand will help you increase your confidence.  Always remember the purpose of the interview is for the interviewer to learn about you, and for you to find out about the college.

Get yourself organised!  Make sure you:-

  • Know where the college is, which campus your interview will be in and how long it will take you to get there.

  • Prepare your documentation - portfolio of work, exam and achievement certificates, personal statements/copy of your completed application etc. ready to take with you.

  • Check the course information and read through your personal statement and application. Think about what questions an interviewer might ask and practise some replies (click here to go to for examples of college/sixth form interview questions).

  • Think about what questions you would like to ask about the course – it’s ok to take a notebook into the interview with you with the questions written down as a prompt.

  • Practice answering the questions with friends and family, you can build and improve these critical skills with practice.

If you are unsure about an aspect of the interview, try telephoning  the college to discuss your concern beforehand.

And very important - try and ensure you get enough sleep the night before so you are fresh and alert on the day.

The Day of the Interview

Be on time. Set off in plenty of time, try to arrive at least 10 minutes before the interview time. This gives you time before the interview to gather your thoughts and freshen up and gives you a little extra time for any unforeseen minor delays on the way.

If you are going to be late or can’t make your interview call the College as soon as possible – it will make a difference!

Make sure you’re smart, clean and tidy. Looking smart shows you have made an effort to give a good impression and put forward a positive image.

 Remember - You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression!

At the Interview

Always treat your interviewer with courtesy and manners. Make eye contact, it shows you’re listening. If more than one person is interviewing you, make sure you are looking at the person asking that question. Don’t fidget or slouch.

The Interviewer will want you to talk about yourself, your career ideas, your interests and hobbies, what you are doing currently e.g. school subjects, current employment, past employment or work experience (including voluntary work).

Listen to the interview questions carefully. If you don’t understand a question, ask for it to be repeated. Try to avoid yes and no answers – give as much information as you can.

Act naturally, don’t exaggerate, answer questions honestly and frankly, but do make sure the interviewer is aware of your strengths and weaknesses.

At the end of the interview thank the interviewer for their time.

 Sell yourself at the interview

 Finally, don’t worry about being nervous. It’s only natural, and the interviewer will expect it.

Further Help and Guidance?

Speak to Mrs Turner if you would like further help.