1st interview: personal statement; 2nd interview: conversational, drawing out argument
Talking to current students & reading around subject
Take confidence from the fact you were asked to interview
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.
I had two interviews in late December. Though I was really scared, the process was really comfortable. A student and the admissions staff welcomed me and took me to a room with other candidates with some drinks and snacks.
My first interview was in a relaxing, sitting room style environment. A
My second interview was equally comfortable and was with two fellows of the college. It was more of a guided conversation than an interview, with them trying to see how I adapted my arguements to new information.
Both of my interviews were very relaxed and to me felt like more of a guided debate, in which I was challenged with new information. I was asked questions based on my personal statement and
My second interview focused on elections across the globe. I was asked questions a variety of sociological factors that contributed to voting behaviour.
Try not to be scared. This of course is a massive moment in your life, however have confidence in the fact that your invitation to interview means that some of the world's best academics regard you as a serious candidate. When preparing for interview, reflect on all your achievements and the traits of your character that have brought you this far.