Presentation on theme: "University Interviews"— Presentation transcript:
1 University Interviews Laura MeadowcroftSally RabyEducation LiaisonUniversity of Bradford
2 University Interviews Why do universities interview?Types of interviewCourses that interview at BradfordWhat are we looking for – some examplesPreparing students for interviewInterview Tips
3 Why do universities interview? Requirement of external body (e.g. Nursing and Midwifery Council)More applicants than placesVocational or practical coursesBuild on Personal StatementOpportunity to find out more about institution and ask questions
4 Panel (2 or more interviewers) Presentation Types of interviewOne-to-onePanel (2 or more interviewers)PresentationActivity/test (e.g. language/numeracy)Group
5 Why do universities choose group interviews? See how you perform and communicate with othersEncourages interviewees to relaxLess time consuming
6 What format do group interviews take? Varies widelyInitial welcome/presentationIcebreakerGroup discussion/activityFeedbackNumeracy and literacy testQ&A
7 Contributing- Group Interviews Be polite and friendly to other candidatesMake an active contribution to discussionsAvoid dominating the conversationDo not interrupt other candidatesAvoid heated conflictGive praise where appropriate
8 Courses that Interview School of HealthAll undergraduate courses that incorporate a professional qualificationSchool of Life SciencesClinical SciencesOptometryPharmacyBiomedical ScienceSchool of Social and International StudiesSocial Work
9 Courses that interview School of Engineering, Design and TechnologyProduct Design and & Automotive DesignSchool of Computing, Informatics and MediaMedia CoursesCreative Technology courses
10 Clinical Sciences – interview structure We interview for both points of entryAll applications are assessed against both academic and non-academic criteria. Applicants who score above our threshold are invited for interview To date we have done a structured individual interview – each candidate is interviewed for 25 minutes by 2 members of academic staff. We haven’t used any kind of performative or group task in interviews so far – but this may change.
11 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 etcResponsibilityTeamworkCommunication skillsCommitmentAcademic potential
12 Optometry – structure and what we are looking for. Students are interviewed as part of an Applicant Visit DayStructure of the day:45 minute lectureGroup interview – 45 minutes, 1 academic and 4 applicantsTour of the departmentOpportunity to talk to 2nd year and final year studentsAccommodation TourLunch attended by academicsGroup interview consists of 1 academic and four applicants. They are assessing the student’s 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.
13 Social Work - Interview Structure Observed group exercise - Short film clip,20 minutes to discuss issues it raisesWritten Exercise – comprehensible written EnglishInterview – 7 questions, 2 interviewers – Academic and Practitioner
14 Social Work – What are we looking for? Students who have some capacity to cope with stressful situations and have the potential to respond appropriatelyStudents who have a good understanding of the roles of social workers and the skills and knowledge they useStudents who have an ability to analyse their experienceHave potential to develop into a reflective practitionerStudents who are open to exploring their own valuesHave potential to develop an active commitment to social work values.
15 Preparing students for interviews Find out interview formatConfirm attendancePlan their journeyHighlight the importance of dressing appropriatelyResearch the University and courseRead up on current affairs/issues
16 Preparing students for interviews Read up on current affairs/issuesImportance of re-reading their Personal StatementHow to prepare answers to key questionsEncourage them to think of examples of their skills, qualities and experiences
17 Preparing students for interviews Arrive in plenty of timeReport to specified location minutes before your interview timeTake along any documents requestedBe polite to everyone you meetSmile!
18 The interview - effect of communication Non verbal signals/ body language 55%Tone of Voice %Message content (words used) 8%
19 Listen carefully to and take time to think During the interviewListen carefully to and take time to thinkAsk for clarification if necessaryWatch your body language and maintain eye contactAvoid distracting mannerismsSpeak clearly and firmly – no wafflingBe positive about problem areas
21 Speak slowly and clearly How you say thingsShow you arelisteningSmile!Avoid distracting mannerism; don’t fidget or play with your hair…Speak slowly and clearly
22 When answering… Highlights strengths Minimise weakness Be enthusiastic and positiveGive specific examples to back up answersGive themselves time to answerKeep in mind that interviewers will know answers to some questions that they ask – but assume that they do not!
23 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 projectHow would your tutor describe your work