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Future Student Interview Evening – 27 Jan

Interviews to secure your place for Sept 22!

Our Future Student Interviews give us the chance to find out more about you, and your chosen career pathway. It’s a great opportunity for you to meet with our subject specialist, discuss your intended course or courses and to secure your place for September 2022.

The interview will be focused on finding out what you would like to study, guiding you through the entry criteria and ensuring you are choosing the right courses to help you achieve your career ambitions.

What to expect

It’s important to remember that the interview is an ideal opportunity to benefit from our expertise and experience in helping students narrow down their options and create the best study plan. Ultimately, we are here to help. In this sense, it can be helpful to think of the interview more as an individual study consultation than a test which requires you to perform.

Here are some example questions we will ask you in your interview:

Why are you interested in attending Wilberforce?

We will always be keen to hear why you have selected Wilberforce. We will want to see that you have done your research about us and given proper thought to its suitability for your goals and needs.

What subjects are you interested in studying and why?

This kind of question will assure our subject specialists that you have given good thought to your subject choices. It may be that your primary reason relates to enjoyment (in other words, they are your favourite subjects) rather than any specific long term plans, but the main thing we want to establish is that your motivations are clear.

Remember, if you are not yet sure of your final subject choices, We will be able to offer specialist advice. Take advantage of our expertise, be open to advice and do feel confident to ask any questions you may have.

What kind of professions/fields do your family work in? Do they support your potential aims?

Finding out what parents and family do can really help understand your influences – it may be that your decisions are entirely independent of anything your family do or have done, but it’s always useful to know about any family members (or other people for that matter!) who have influenced or inspired you and helped form your passions.

Understanding whether your potential study choices will have the backing of those around you is also very important, largely to ensure you’ll have the support that you need to study at Sixth Form level, and beyond that at university.

What’s your biggest achievement to date? What are you most proud of?

Whilst this might sound like a very general question, the idea is most likely that you’ll relate your answer to something within the realm of education — whether it’s academic or extracurricular. It could be, for example, that you have captained one of the sports teams, that you have been elected president of the Student Council, that you have starred in a school play, or simply that you have achieved a better grade than anticipated in one of your subjects at GCSE.

Whatever your answers, it will hopefully demonstrate to the interviewer your particular areas of strength and characteristics. This can also help with the advice they provide you about your study plan and possible degree and career options.

Top tips for interview

  • Ask questions. Do express your interest and ask as many questions as you like
  • Be yourself. Don’t try to answer questions based on what you think the subject specialist wants to hear. 
  • Prepare. Do practice interviews with friends or family. Take turns asking questions.
  • Dress Smartly. Your appearance is part of your first impression.  Dressing smartly shows that you are taking the process seriously and it is important to you.

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