2x interviews (15-20 mins)
1st interview: based on pre-interview text; 2nd interview: personal statement, reading & submitted essays
Books & reading; making Cambridge more familiar
Don't overthink afterwards
Remember this advice isn't official. There is no guarantee it will reflect your experience because university applications can change between years. Check the official Cambridge and Oxford websites for more accurate information on this year's application format and the required tests.
Also, someone else's experience may not reflect your own. Most interviews are more like conversations than tests and like, any conversation, they are quite interactive.
Coming over from France, I had arrived at the college the night before. After a short night and early breakfast, I was directed towards the
Both interview were back to back, so after the first one I jumped straight into the other one. Once again two fellows interviewed me for about 15-20 minutes.
The text based interview was subject focused, led by two sociology professors. The passage I had been given centred on the nature of states. I was lucky enough to have read a bit about the State, including Weber. This of courses boosted my confidence. In the interview itself, we talked about the State, its different modes of action but also how elusive it could sometime be. Each time, both fellows tried to push my analysis further.
The second interview was more broad since the professors were from different subjects (Anthropology and Politics/IR). They touched upon a breadth of different topics from the anthropology of discipline to democracy which I had mentioned or analysed either in my Personal Statement or my submitted work. This interview felt a bit easier in comparison to the first one because they didn't challenge me and push me intellectually as much. They seemed curious about what I read, what I could say about my reading and what I was interested in.
Books and reading constantly was fundamental for my preparation. However, especially for foreign students, contacting a
You'll never feel like you've had enough preparations so don't go on trawling for tiniest detail or tip on the most obscure forum. Finally, a lot of people say that they come out of their interviews thinking that they have completely messed it up but end up getting in. Don't feel bad or overthink it if you think it went alright coming out of it.