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Virtual interview tips and tricks

As we navigate new digital ways of working, socialising and studying, online interviews are becoming more common. Here’s our top tips and tricks for acing your interview.

Online interviews are now our new normal, and it’s totally natural for these to feel more daunting than in-person. The concern that you won’t come across as well digitally is very real and this can cause a lot of anxiety in the run-up to the interview. Having your university interview is nerve-wracking at the best of times, but it's just as important for you to learn some things about the university as well, to ensure you make a choice that’s right for you.

We have collated some tips and tricks so you can prepare for your online interview. We want you to feel as confident as possible in this next step of your educational journey.

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Have a think about a suitable location for your interview. You ideally want a well-lit room with little distractions behind or around you. The room should be quiet so that no unexpected loud noises interrupt your interview.

Have a think about your appearance and how you would like to make an impression. It’s important to be yourself but also consider dressing a little smarter for the interview rather than your new favourite lockdown attire of joggers and a hoodie!

Log on to your computer well in advance to check your internet connection and get everything set up. It’s never good to leave your interviewer waiting so be on time and ready to go.

Perhaps you could ask someone you live with to pose as the interviewer so you can prepare your answers in advance.

Have a think about some answers to these questions:

  • Why do you want to study this subject?

  • What are your hobbies and interests, do they help with your study?

  • Is there an artist or maker that inspires you?

Also, consider answers to questions about why you want to study at that university. What draws you to the facilities and courses they offer? Have a think about your own personal achievements and how these can work hand in hand with your studies.

It’s also important to stay engaged with the interviewer. Even though they might not be physically in front of you it’s vital to make eye contact, be sat up straight and show interest in what they’re saying.

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The luxury of online interviews is that you can have many tabs open on your browser at a time to help and prompt you with your answers. We suggest having your personal statement up with key points you want to talk about highlighted so it can help you during the interview. You could have examples of your work to hand to demonstrate and show during the call. This could be physical work such as paintings, sculptures or clothing that you have made. You can also be prepared with any online work you have produced by having this open on your computer ready to show via sharing your screen.

Remember, interviewers are just people too, and they’re genuinely interested in what you have to say! Be yourself, and try not to panic. Interviews are a great opportunity to talk about what you’re passionate about, so let that show!