Preparing for a uni interview

On Thursday I attended my first ever university interview and I was honestly dreading it all week. I was being interviewed for a Graphic Design and Illustration course so I spent most of the week getting my portfolio ready and trying to make myself as prepared as I could be. The interview itself was a lot less scary than I had expected it to be; more of a casual conversation than the firm grilling I had envisioned in my head.

I'm sure there is a lot of you attending various interviews and it can be quite scary, especially if you have never attended one before. So I thought I'd share with you a few tips on what helped me prepare for mine.

1. Check the university website for information on your interview. This is where I found the address, what I was supposed to bring with me and information on how the interview would plan out. It even gave a rough idea on what I could be asked, so I was able to plan some things I could talk about.

2. Do some research into the course. It's good to refresh your memory on that particular course you are being interviewed for, this way you can tell them what it was that appealed to you and have a few questions prepared to ask them which will help show your interest.

3. Write notes on possible things you could talk about. For me I listed some strengths and weaknesses I have shown throughout my current course and what I have learned so far. I made notes on various pieces of work, how I got my ideas, who inspired me and how I created it etc. They like to get an idea of who you are and learn more about you, so perhaps think of some interests you have aside from the subject you're applying for. Also think about what it is you hope to benefit from the course and what skills you want to develop further. This way you will already have a few ideas of what you could talk about.

4. Speak to someone who has had a similar interview. If you don't know anyone you can look for threads on the Student Room relating to a similar course you're applying for. This might help give some insight into what they're looking for and what you could be asked, so you can prepare yourself a little better.

5.Be positive and try not to over think it. Worrying about it will just cause you stress and make you feel even more anxious. Whereas, it's better to go into the interview feeling calm and confident. If you're like me and do get anxious and nervous before an interview just act like you are confident and it will actually make you feel more confident. I do this in all situations where I get nervous and it really does work. Most of the time they just want to know more about you, and you can't really go wrong talking about yourself. So, show them how amazing you are and remember that it's never as bad as you expect it to be.

So they are the few things that helped me and  I hope they can help some of you to feel more prepared and confident for your interview.

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