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    I have an interview at Clare College but the email said "Dress for your interviews should be informal but tidy. Please do not go out and buy a suit for the occasion!" - What exactly does this mean?! xD It's like saying "Smart Casual"... So much variation >.<
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    (Original post by piofernix)
    On my interview invitation it specifies all my interview as "subject". Does it mean that there will be no General questions like "why medicine" etc. ?
    I don't know for sure, but I think it would be wise to be prepared for questions such as "why medicine?" also.
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    (Original post by cwi111)
    I have an interview at Clare College but the email said "Dress for your interviews should be informal but tidy. Please do not go out and buy a suit for the occasion!" - What exactly does this mean?! xD It's like saying "Smart Casual"... So much variation >.<
    If you have a suit, there's no harm in wearing it, but you don't need to buy one. For men, smart trousers, a smart shirt, jumper/jacket and maybe a tie is fine.
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    I have scoured the internet for previous med applicants to cambridge and what their interviews were REALLY like but have found next to nothing. Anyone found any anecdotal evidence of questions/interview experience etc.? Not surely what to expect

    Also, how much time should I expect to be spent on discussing work experience?
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    (Original post by aprocrastinator)
    I have scoured the internet for previous med applicants to cambridge and what their interviews were REALLY like but have found next to nothing. Anyone found any anecdotal evidence of questions/interview experience etc.? Not surely what to expect

    Also, how much time should I expect to be spent on discussing work experience?
    Expect mostly biological-related science - though it may not be anything you've come across in your A-levels! It's not just about whether you know x, y or z, but how you approach the questions where you don't know the answer.

    It is not uncommon to not be asked anything about your work experience, though some colleges may do it if they have a more "general" interview.
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    Imagine someone who is trying to revise 3 A levels and AS Physics.
    This is getting really stressful.
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    (Original post by a123a)
    Hey! How formal will you be going for your med interview at St John's?
    Should I go in a suit?
    I'm going to wear a black suit
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    (Original post by karesade)
    I'm going to wear a black suit
    Ok thank you! Do you think I could get away with something a bit less formal? Like a shirt and jumper with black trousers and black shoes? So basically a suit without a tie and blazer.
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    (Original post by a123a)
    Ok thank you! Do you think I could get away with something a bit less formal? Like a shirt and jumper with black trousers and black shoes? So basically a suit without a tie and blazer.
    That's what I plan on wearing.


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    (Original post by Helenia)
    Expect mostly biological-related science - though it may not be anything you've come across in your A-levels! It's not just about whether you know x, y or z, but how you approach the questions where you don't know the answer.

    It is not uncommon to not be asked anything about your work experience, though some colleges may do it if they have a more "general" interview.
    I was told to primarily revise Chemistry AS and A2. Of course I shall revise Biology as well but it was implied that the former was more important?

    Downing specifically stated they don't do General interviews. So I shouldnt expect anything on work experience?
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    (Original post by aprocrastinator)
    I was told to primarily revise Chemistry AS and A2. Of course I shall revise Biology as well but it was implied that the former was more important?

    Downing specifically stated they don't do General interviews. So I shouldnt expect anything on work experience?
    Implied by whom? People giving you advice will only have experienced interviews at a maximum of 2 Cambridge colleges. Just because they were asked mainly about chemistry doesn't mean you will be. You could get asked anything. I'd have thought Biology would have been more important than Chemistry, but tbh, it probably depends. But ideally you'd want to revise them both.

    I think work experience questions are certainly fair game for a "subject medicine interview", so in your situation, I personally wouldn't assume that nothing non-scientific will come up.
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    (Original post by Chief Wiggum)
    Implied by whom? People giving you advice will only have experienced interviews at a maximum of 2 Cambridge colleges. Just because they were asked mainly about chemistry doesn't mean you will be. You could get asked anything. I'd have thought Biology would have been more important than Chemistry, but tbh, it probably depends. But ideally you'd want to revise them both.

    I think work experience questions are certainly fair game for a "subject medicine interview", so in your situation, I personally wouldn't assume that nothing non-scientific will come up.
    My biology teacher! Who has had a lot of experience with oxbridge medics. I will revise both especially the biochemistry! Also would you think any physics would come up?

    yeah fair enough I'll prepare some answers then.
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    One of my interviewers has a Wikipedia page lol http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_..._%28surgeon%29
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    (Original post by aprocrastinator)
    I was told to primarily revise Chemistry AS and A2. Of course I shall revise Biology as well but it was implied that the former was more important?

    Downing specifically stated they don't do General interviews. So I shouldnt expect anything on work experience?
    I dislike the concept of "revising" for interviews in general. It's not an exam of your A-level knowledge. You should be secure on all the concepts, but it's not going to just be about what you've been taught.

    This link is old now, but you can see the sort of questions that were being asked a few years ago. http://oxbridge-admissions.info/profiles.php
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    (Original post by aprocrastinator)
    My biology teacher! Who has had a lot of experience with oxbridge medics. I will revise both especially the biochemistry! Also would you think any physics would come up?

    yeah fair enough I'll prepare some answers then.
    Well, I don't know what will come up. If I was preparing for it, I'd try to revise all of my AS and A2 (so far) sciences and maths, spending more time on Biology and Chemistry, than on Physics and Maths.

    (And also think of answers for Why Medicine, stuff about work experience etc, be able to talk about stuff on your personal statement, and I guess be prepared for ethical questions. I dunno how likely ethical questions are to come up, but better to be prepared IMO.)
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    (Original post by Chief Wiggum)
    Well, I don't know what will come up. If I was preparing for it, I'd try to revise all of my AS and A2 (so far) sciences and maths, spending more time on Biology and Chemistry, than on Physics and Maths.

    (And also think of answers for Why Medicine, stuff about work experience etc, be able to talk about stuff on your personal statement, and I guess be prepared for ethical questions. I dunno how likely ethical questions are to come up, but better to be prepared IMO.)
    Ok thank you! I have thought about answers to those general questions ofc as my other interviews will concern those types of questions.

    (Original post by Helenia)
    I dislike the concept of "revising" for interviews in general. It's not an exam of your A-level knowledge. You should be secure on all the concepts, but it's not going to just be about what you've been taught.

    This link is old now, but you can see the sort of questions that were being asked a few years ago. http://oxbridge-admissions.info/profiles.php
    I agree with you which is why all I'm revising are key concepts and how these may be applied, not the absolute detail.

    Thanks for the link, I'll check it out!
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    Has anyone applied to Girton?
    I'm feeling a bit lonely
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    (Original post by karesade)
    Has anyone applied to Girton?
    I'm feeling a bit lonely
    Ah don't worry. A friend of mine specifically applied to Girton.
    And just a question, if St John's haven't mentioned any documents to be brought to interview, does that I mean I don't bring anything? I mean even a form I'd ID? Because I find that very hard to believe!!
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    (Original post by clever1diot)
    Ah don't worry. A friend of mine specifically applied to Girton.
    And just a question, if St John's haven't mentioned any documents to be brought to interview, does that I mean I don't bring anything? I mean even a form I'd ID? Because I find that very hard to believe!!
    They have a picture of you from the SAQ so I think they will be able to recognise you
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    (Original post by clever1diot)
    Ah don't worry. A friend of mine specifically applied to Girton.
    And just a question, if St John's haven't mentioned any documents to be brought to interview, does that I mean I don't bring anything? I mean even a form I'd ID? Because I find that very hard to believe!!
    I don't think you have to bring anything with you. Girton didn't ask me to bring anything, they just said that the second interview will involve discussions about my personal statement, and they have that with them.
 
 
 
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