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    People always said that there were at least 3 interviews at Oxford. Two is from the preferred college and one is from the allocated college. Is that true? I also heard some rumour which stated that if you have interviews at other colleges, that means you didn't do very well at your preferred college and they want to give you another go. If you just get a inverview at your preferred college, that means you are definitely in or possibly definitely out!!! Is that true?????
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    Hi Charles. First of all: Don't panic. There are at least 2 interviews at Oxford. If there are additional interviews in second or even third choice colleges, that they are normally arranged BEFORE you even arrive in Oxford. Consequently, they do not depend upon your interview performence. They are the university's committment to assure that in subjects with lots of good applicants within one college, they will be given the chance to see a less over-applied college as well. Just not to "waste" human potential. But I really wonder why you ask those questions. If you are invited for interviews, than you received an information booklet telling you about what I did tell you hear. So read this. Best luck at your interview.

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    it's not true that if you get a 2nd college interview you've been declined in your 1st college. most of my physics-colleagues here at ChCh had interviews in 2nd colleges (which aren't necessarily their allocated colleges).
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    (Original post by Markus Bihler)
    There are at least 2 interviews at Oxford
    Not true - I only had one last year - though quite a few people I know had two.
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    If you get an interview at another college... is that just a general interview, or will they give you subject based interviews?
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    (Original post by mikesgt2)
    If you get an interview at another college... is that just a general interview, or will they give you subject based interviews?
    they will give you subject based interviews.
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    Too much is never enough
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    (Original post by elpaw)
    they will give you subject based interviews.
    Isn't that harsh?

    I am already lined up to have an entrance exam with 2 maths interviews and 1 philosophy interview at Brasenose. And also I have 2 extra interviews for each other college. So I could have 5 or 7 interviews, is that right?
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    (Original post by mikesgt2)
    Isn't that harsh?

    I am already lined up to have an entrance exam with 2 maths interviews and 1 philosophy interview at Brasenose. And also I have 2 extra interviews for each other college. So I could have 5 or 7 interviews, is that right?
    have you been told you have the extra interviews? it is all allocated on the last day, methinks.
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    (Original post by elpaw)
    have you been told you have the extra interviews? it is all allocated on the last day, methinks.
    I have been told that I have 3 at brasenose. Nothing else has been confirmed, but I am assuming I will be interviewed at at least one other college.
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    (Original post by mikesgt2)
    I have been told that I have 3 at brasenose. Nothing else has been confirmed, but I am assuming I will be interviewed at at least one other college.
    you shouldn't assume that. i would say that at most half of the people get 2nd college interviews, and about 10% of them get a 3rd one.
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    I believe we should stop speculating about how many interviews we do have at which college. The preparation is the same, you cannot influence it and you just have to wait.
    Consequence: Spend your time otherwise.
    geetings: markus
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    (Original post by charles)
    People always said that there were at least 3 interviews at Oxford. Two is from the preferred college and one is from the allocated college. Is that true? I also heard some rumour which stated that if you have interviews at other colleges, that means you didn't do very well at your preferred college and they want to give you another go. If you just get a inverview at your preferred college, that means you are definitely in or possibly definitely out!!! Is that true?????
    Don't waste emotional effort trying read into that sort of stuff....
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    (Original post by Markus Bihler)
    I believe we should stop speculating about how many interviews we do have at which college. The preparation is the same, you cannot influence it and you just have to wait.
    Consequence: Spend your time otherwise.
    geetings: markus

    So, what should we do during the waiting time? To prepare or just be relaxed? There seems to be a long time before and after interviews.
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    (Original post by charles)
    So, what should we do during the waiting time? To prepare or just be relaxed? There seems to be a long time before and after interviews.

    Well last year my daughter had four interviews over two days (joint schools/two colleges). But they all seemed to have great fun in between. Sat in the JCR, watched TV, went out to the shops, visited the JCR of an adjoining college etc. There are usually some students there to help them out. There are also opportunities to meet the interviewers informally as a group. Most of those who did it enjoyed the experience even if they didn't eventually get in.

    May I take this opportunity to wish all of you going for interviews over the next few weeks, the very best of luck. Be yourself, enjoy the experience. Whatever the outcome, in the long term you will be glad you gave yourselves the chance.
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    (Original post by earthmother)
    Well last year my daughter had four interviews over two days (joint schools/two colleges). But they all seemed to have great fun in between. Sat in the JCR, watched TV, went out to the shops, visited the JCR of an adjoining college etc. There are usually some students there to help them out. There are also opportunities to meet the interviewers informally as a group. Most of those who did it enjoyed the experience even if they didn't eventually get in.

    May I take this opportunity to wish all of you going for interviews over the next few weeks, the very best of luck. Be yourself, enjoy the experience. Whatever the outcome, in the long term you will be glad you gave yourselves the chance.
    Thank you very much indeed
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    (Original post by earthmother)
    Well last year my daughter had four interviews over two days (joint schools/two colleges). But they all seemed to have great fun in between. Sat in the JCR, watched TV, went out to the shops, visited the JCR of an adjoining college etc. There are usually some students there to help them out. There are also opportunities to meet the interviewers informally as a group. Most of those who did it enjoyed the experience even if they didn't eventually get in.

    May I take this opportunity to wish all of you going for interviews over the next few weeks, the very best of luck. Be yourself, enjoy the experience. Whatever the outcome, in the long term you will be glad you gave yourselves the chance.
    Thanks to you and all the best to your daughter.
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    By the way, I'd like to ask whether the university will take your achievement into account. For example, to do physics, will it look better if I am a prize winner of British Maths Olympiad? Also, some interest like good at piano performance?
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    I've been invited to an interview at oxford, but instead of being asked to stay from wednesday to friday (which is what i've previosly read that is normal for the subject for which i've applied), i've been invited to stay from monday to friday. Does anybody know why this could be, and if it is a good or a bad sign? Does that mean i'll have more interviews? Also the letter i received said that i might be required to stay until saturday, when will i know when i can leave?
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    (Original post by haakon)
    I've been invited to an interview at oxford, but instead of being asked to stay from wednesday to friday (which is what i've previosly read that is normal for the subject for which i've applied), i've been invited to stay from monday to friday. Does anybody know why this could be, and if it is a good or a bad sign? Does that mean i'll have more interviews? Also the letter i received said that i might be required to stay until saturday, when will i know when i can leave?
    What are you complaining about? Cambridge just gave me the times of the interviews and told me to be there at least half an hour in advance...
 
 
 
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