University and College Interviews

It could be an interview or audition, or you might be asked to provide examples of your work – maybe a portfolio or an essay. Finding out more about you is an ideal way for them to see if you’d be a good fit for the course.

  • If they do send you an invitation, the institution will often contact you directly; if you applied via UCAS the invitation will show up in UCAS Track – here you can accept, decline or ask to change the date or time.

  • Universities and colleges say it can be difficult to change the times and dates, so if possible try to go at the suggested time.

  • If not, just select that you’re asking for a different date in Track, and get in touch with the uni/college – then when you’ve agreed a new date they’ll either update the invitation in Track or contact you directly to let you know.


1. Plan ahead

  • Check where and when – sort out any travel and accommodation you need – check their website for maps and directions.

  • Be ready for questions – some about your application, as well as your chance to ask about the course and the uni/college.

  • Know your stuff – show you know the latest in your subject area, and keep up to date with the news – they might ask to hear your views.

  • Practice – have mock interviews with a tutor or adviser – cover why you chose that course and what you enjoy most about your current studies.

2. The interview

  • Dress smartly – you might not need a suit, but smart trousers/skirt and a shirt/blouse will show you’re taking it seriously.

  • Get there early – have their phone number handy so you can let them know just in case you’re delayed.

  • Good body language – don’t slouch, yawn or fold your arms – stay calm and alert, sit up straight and make eye contact.

  • Don’t worry if you don’t understand – ask them to repeat or rephrase the question, if possible relate it to something you know better.

  • Expect the unexpected – they might do a surprise test to see how you react under pressure – just do your best.

  • Ask them questions too – this shows enthusiasm and gives you chance to get answers you haven’t found yet.

3. Afterwards

  • Make notes – if you have more interviews coming up, it might be handy preparation to write down the questions and answers you’ve already had.

  • Reflect on how you did – decide what worked well and think of new answers for areas you want to improve in.

  • Then sit back and wait – the institution should contact you, and keep checking UCAS Track to see if you have a response.

Do not assume you have failed, always remain positive

If you need any further help or advice, please contact the Careers and Employability Team