I remember that in one of my interviews, the tutors literally had a list of questions, and we went through them, one by one. Funnily enough, we ran out of questions before the time ended, at which point the tutor said 'Well, that was fast work!' and asked me about some reading I'd mentioned on my personal statement.
i think that going for preparatory study really helped my interview. we didn't actually speak about the topic i was supposed to prepare until the end of the second interview but having something to prepare allowed me to read loads about my subject thus ending up also reading stuff that was unrelated to the topic i was assigned. i would definitely recommend it. before actually speaking about the topic i was assigned the interview asked me questions that were related to stuff i'd mentioned in the personal statement.
I was actually wondering about something quite similar to this. What's the difference between 'preparatory study at interview' and 'reading preparation before interview' (that only Newnham and Pembroke have for Law)?
Does before the interview mean that they actually send us material to read (a) week(s) before the interview?
Hello, one of my teachers told me that tutors tend to push strong applicants more because they see more potential in them, whereas for weaker applicants, the tutors might ask simpler questions because they will most likely not get an offer anyways, so there is no point in drilling them as hard. Is there any merit to this?
Im curious as to how people would answer this question if it came up in the interview at the end. Would it be better just to say you dont have any questions (even if you do). You can't really ask about anything to do with the course because they would expect you to know that anyway wouldnt they? I'd perhaps Like to ask about an academic question, but the same kind of thing with that, wouldn't they have expected you to research the answer yourself?
I had one genuine question, so I asked that at the end of my first interview. At the end of the second I said "No, thanks, I already asked at the first interview". Don't think they care much.
Why are you placing such importance on this? It really doesn't matter!
They are only being polite... they spent the whole time asking you questions when you might have something you want to ask them! You are certainly not expected to have a question though you can if you want.
I imagine one situation in which it would be really good for you to have a question is if, in your academic interview, you are discussing something unfamiliar to you (often the case) and you really, genuinely want to find more, and you might ask a question about the topic, if it's something which you are wondering at the time. Though there's no point in sitting there desperately trying to come up with something.