hi,I had my interview in Oxford last week and I am the first one to be interviewed in my group for my course.
after everyone was being interviewed,we found that the questions the tutor asked were the same or similar.(some people were interviewed one day later than me)
what you guys think about this??is it fair to be the first one ?!!
I'm suprised they asked the same question to everyone - I would have thought they would have a bunch of questions to ask and pick a random one out of those few. Also some of the questions I would think would lead on from your personal statment or other things youv'e been talking about. What subject were you interviewed for by the way?
Also there are likely to be advantages to going first - the interviewers will be fresher, more likely to listen to you and to remember you.
if they have to interview a lot of people then thinking up different questions can be tiresome to say the least. and making all the questions equally hard would not be easy either.
Well, it's unbeneficial for the first person to tell the others the questions! If I was first and someone later asked me what I had been asked I wouldn't tell them.
I think it's helpful to go first! My surname is near the end of the alphabet and I was the second last person to be interviewed. Later I received a letter saying that my chosen college (New) couldn't take me as they didn't have enough spaces but that they understood another college would have me (I ended up @ Lincoln). My theory is, that they really did want me, but they'd already filled their places with people who they'd already interviewed - ie. the people nearer the beginning of the alphabet!
I had two interviews; one Economics, the other phil/pol
For Economics I was bang in the middle, which was nice. As for questions, when I was interview there was a maths questions which was structured in accordance with what level you studies at (GCSE, A-Level, Further Maths, STEP+S-Papers), thus I got the hardest one; which actually wasn't too hard. After that we had 10 minutes on the economics consquences of removing private services; education, health, ect. Then we did another 10 minutes on government policy, which was fairly straight forward. Then we finished out with talking about the Japanese economy; which I mentioned in my personal statement and essay. Lasted about 40 minutes.
For Phil/Pol I was given a peice of text an hour before the interview, something about the state and morality of the social contract. The first 10 minutes they talked about things on my PS, in those days they used to make a vain attempt to mention it. After that we did the text that I had been given, asked lots of question about the general will, lasted the best part of 20 minutes. Then we did a bit of logic and got on to the value of mathematical proof, which was really interesting actually. Then we finished off with having a chat about rowing. Lasted about 45 minutes.
End result: AAB offer for entry in October 2001.