2x 30 min interviews, 1.5 days apart
Interview 1: personal statement, technical questions; Interview 2: technical questions
Reviewed school work; looked up interview questions online. Think out loud and ask clarifying 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.
Number of interviews: 2
Skype interview: No
Time between each interview: 1.5 days
Length of interviews: about 30 minutes each
My first interview I was
My second interview was the next day at St. Edmund Hall. I had one
In hindsight I think I probably did just as well in both, but I was just blinded by nerves in the first, so that all I could remember was how badly I had articulated myself!
I didn’t do loads to prepare. Mostly, I was just making sure I was confident with everything I had learnt in my relevant school subjects. One thing that did help was looking up interview questions online - there aren’t many, but they gave me a much more real idea of what I might be up against.
I think what would have helped me the most is if the process had been demystified a bit. You’re led to believe that you’re going into a powerhouse of academia where you’ll be challenged beyond your wildest dreams with these unfathomably difficult questions, but that’s not true. The realisation I had after my first interview, that it was a much more normal experience than I had anticipated, cleared my nerves away and allowed me to perform so much better in my second one.
I now know the interviewers are just looking to see how you tackle unfamiliar questions that build on what you already know. So say all of your thinking out loud (no matter how silly it seems - it’s good for them to know that you’re thinking some things that may seem obvious to you, but they won’t know you’ll have thought about unless you say it), and ask clarifying questions.