4x 30 min interviews, over 2 days
German 1: Discussion and translation of poem given beforehand (no dictionary), discussion in German based on personal statement; German 2: choice of texts given beforehand (with dictionary), personal statement; Linguistics 1: discussed translated sentences in another language, personal statement; Linguistics 2: personal statement, problems
Practice papers, personal statement, mock interviews
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Number of interviews: 4
Skype interview: No
Interview spread: 2 one day, 2 next day
Length of interviews: 30 minutes each
I was given 15 minutes to look over a poem (with no dictionary). When I went into the interview I was first asked to read out a bit of it, then talk about it in general, before translating as much of it as a could (with help from the professor with any vocab or phrasing). After this the other interviewer asked me some questions in German which were based loosely off of my personal statement.
I did practice papers, which were
Preparing was difficult as I had no idea what to expect. I knew a German speaking aspect would be involved, so I had some German speaking practice with teachers at school and made sure that I would be happy expanding on anything in my personal statement in both English and German. Most of all I expanded on topics I had researched surrounding German and Linguistics so I had some 'specialist subjects'.