1) Reading about interviews isn't a substitute for subject preperation. Read them for guidance but remember to do the work and know your subject materials.

2) Someone else's experience will not necessarily reflect your own. Most interviews are more like conversations than tests and, like any conversation, they can be highly personal.

Economics | Pembroke College | 2018

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Interview details

Application outcome: succesfulDirect
Interview type: directInterview

Interview format

ECAA,STEP; 2x interviews

Interview content

Interview 1: academic; Interview 2: general, interest in subject

Advice in hindsight

-

Best preparation

Using past papers

Final thoughts

Don't overthink it.

Something missing?

1) Reading about interviews isn't a substitute for knowledge. Read them for guidance but remember to do the work and know your subject materials.

2) Someone else's experience will not necessarily reflect your own. Most interviews are more like conversations than tests and like, any conversation, they can be highly personal.

Remember this advice isn't official and there is no guarantee it will reflect your experience. The Cambridge application has changed in recent years to reflect the new A-Level system. Check the official Cambridge website for more accurate information on this year's application format and the required tests.

Read our subject resource guide for Economics. Keep an eye out for new interviews, we are adding them daily.

Interview Format​

Test taken:ECAA, STEP

Number of interviews: 2

Skype interview: no

Time between interviews: 30 minutes

Length of first interview: 10-15 minutes; Length of second interview: 10-15 minutes

Interview content

Was as expected, the first interview was academic. They ask questions related to subject. The questions were as expected: if you don’t fully get the answer then they help you a little.

Second interview was more general, why you like the subject and what do you hope to do after uni. I was pretty calm, kept the interviews more as a conversation and less as a q&a - I even threw in a joke.

Advice in hindsight

Best preparation

For the test I used past papers.

Final thoughts

Don’t think about it too much, once you are there waiting for interview - I didn’t do any work just relaxed. Keep the interview as a conversation and not a q&a. From my interview they are looking for the correct answer and not just the way you think but as long as you can use the help they give you to answer the question, you will be fine.

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