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Interview Questions  

Good academic results are essential for entering tertiary studies, with the necessary grades generally corresponding to the difficulty of the degree you apply for. But in addition to good grades some university courses also require a preliminary interview. This is not to be underestimated. Poor performance at an interview can mean losing a place at university, even if you did have the right grades and potential. Understanding and preparing for the needs of an interview can change your career path.


Interviews are quite common for dentistry, medicine, nursing, social work, and primary education. These will look at how the individual applicate is suited to that type of career, as well as academic performance and motivation.


Interviews are also common for Talent Degrees, such as acting, art, music, and creative design. This will look at whether the individual applicant has the suitable creative talent, though grades and past achievements are also important.


There are sometimes interviews for engineering, science and computing degrees.



Key Questions and How to Tackle Them:

  1. Why do you want to study this subject?

Be specific about your passion and interest in the subject. Mention any relevant experiences, readings, or personal projects that ignited your curiosity.

The interviewer(s) wants to know if you are genuinely interested in this career and qualification, and that you are not just taking on a whim, or because it is the highest course that your grades allowed. Is there a family history? Did you high school careers advisor encourage this path? Did you do a relevant summer school course? Have you relevant work experience?


  1. What are your career aspirations?

Tip: Outline your career goals with realism. Connect your aspirations to the program you’re applying for and how it aligns with your long-term objectives. Show that you have done research into the industry. If you are still deciding between two career options, what to specialise in, then say so. If there is some new trend in the industry, show you are aware of it.


  1. How would you describe yourself?

Tip: Focus on qualities that highlight your suitability for the course and university. Provide examples or anecdotes that demonstrate these characteristics. Consider how your friends would describe you. Don’t just list academic achievements.


  1. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Tip: Be honest and self-aware. When discussing weaknesses, focus on how you’re actively working to overcome or mitigate them. If you have overcome procrastination, or perfectionism, then discuss this success.



  1. Why did you choose your subjects?

Tip: Explain the relevance of your chosen subjects to your academic and career goals. Emphasize how these subjects have equipped you with valuable skills.


  1. Why did you choose this university?

Tip: Mention unique aspects of the university, such as renowned faculty, specific research opportunities, or a campus culture that appeal to you. Did your parent attend here? Was the university recommended or has it a good reputation for this field of study? Being close to home is not a good reason.


Questions You Should Ask:

About the Program:

Can you tell me more about the structure of the program?

Are there opportunities for internships or practical experiences?


About Campus Life:

What extracurricular activities are available on campus?

How does the university support students in their personal and academic development?


About Support Systems:

Are there academic support services available for students?

How does the university assist in career development?


About Facilities:

Can you elaborate on the facilities available for students, especially those related to my chosen field of study?


Mistakes to Avoid:


  • Lack of preparation.
  • Not remembering what you wrote on the application form or application essay.
  • Confusing one course with another, or this university’s course with another university’s course.
  • Showing doubts. Don’t ask about dropping out of the course.
  • Relying on grades and achievements.
  • Don’t be over familiar. The interviewers are authority figures, so treat then as the company boss or school director.
  • Never come across as arrogant. Just because you have an interview does not mean you are being offered a place. They interview other people as well, who have very good qualifications.
  • Boredom or negativity always looks bad
  • Make polite eye contact and have friendly body language.
  • Dishonesty is almost always detected. Be honest and they will at least respect you.


Additional Tips:


Research Extensively:

Thoroughly research the university, its programs, and any recent developments. This knowledge will demonstrate your genuine interest.


Practice Responses:

Practice answering common questions to ensure you articulate your thoughts clearly and concisely.


Dress Professionally:

Wear professional attire to make a positive impression.


Stay Calm and Collected:

Maintain composure, and if faced with a challenging question, take a moment to gather your thoughts before responding.


University interviews are opportunities for both parties to find the right match between the student and the institution. Approaching them with preparation and authenticity will help you present your best self. Good luck!

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