1st interview: reading given in advance; 2nd interview: personal statement
Mock interviews; revise things on personal statement
Be yourself, try your best & don't be scared to ask questions
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.
Two interviews on one day about 3 hours apart. Both were with two supervisors. Students took me from the waiting room to the interviews. They were super lovely and calmed me down! There were lots of other potential undergrads.
First was 30 minutes long, it was on reading that we’d been given a couple of weeks earlier. They probed me mainly on the understanding of it and asked me to think about its context. The article was so complicated - I think it was to really test you.
The second interview was questions based on my personal stataement reading.
Having fully read and understood everything on my personal statement was probably the best preparation I did. I knew and loved the books so it meant that even though they weren’t the most academic I could talk passionately about them and then defend them when I was prompted to.
Don’t over think it. If you’re going for interview you’re clever enough to get in. They want to know who you are, not some odd front. They try to keep it informal and relaxed. Obviously think hard but say what you think! Especially with humanities there isn’t a wrong answer. Also ask questions if you don’t know something. It’s so much better than making it up.