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What questions do they ask you? I am talking about the Chemistry questions?

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It depends what uni it is that interviews you, for most of them it is usually just an informal chat. The only question I got asked was very simple and was about le chateliers principle and equilibrium if remember correctly (that was at York).

Hope this is what you were asking
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I got asked different at each uni.
Leeds asked about structure and shape, then asked about x ray diffraction
Newcastle we just had a chat, this is where i ultimatly went
Nottingham was a bit more formal, but still only got asked a few easy questions.
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This year i had 5 interviews, so one each for each uni i applied for.

My biggest piece of advice is do a quick bit of revision about everything youve studied at a-level in your course; this applies for every interview.

Most interviews are an informal chat, they ask you a few things about yourself, so make sure you re-read your personal statement

A big thing i will also say is make sure you have a response to: Why are you doing this course? What SPECIFIC parts of chemistry are you interested in, and tell me about some?

Make sure you can speak about the areas you are interested in, you may not have considered it, and its even harder, but make sure youve thought about a answer.

When it comes down to the chemistry questions, i personally found them fairly simple, so just do maybe an hours revision

Make sure you come across confident.

I also had an interview at oxford, but thats a whole new ball game which you should ask about, but i didnt get in anyway :P

Will be studying chemistry with molecular physics next year at nottingham, hope to see you there
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This year i had 5 interviews, so one each for each uni i applied for.

My biggest piece of advice is do a quick bit of revision about everything youve studied at a-level in your course; this applies for every interview.

Most interviews are an informal chat, they ask you a few things about yourself, so make sure you re-read your personal statement

A big thing i will also say is make sure you have a response to: Why are you doing this course? What SPECIFIC parts of chemistry are you interested in, and tell me about some?

Make sure you can speak about the areas you are interested in, you may not have considered it, and its even harder, but make sure youve thought about a answer.

When it comes down to the chemistry questions, i personally found them fairly simple, so just do maybe an hours revision

Make sure you come across confident.

I also had an interview at oxford, but thats a whole new ball game which you should ask about, but i didnt get in anyway :P

Will be studying chemistry with molecular physics next year at nottingham, hope to see you there
Can you give me examples of what they asked you? Like a small list?
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Can you give me examples of what they asked you? Like a small list?
The most serious interview I had was at Imperial, where they asked me what kind of things I'd been doing in school, I mentioned testing for aldehydes and ketones, and then they got me to draw out the structure of 2,4-dnph and also draw the mechanism of some sort of reaction of ethanal, and that was pretty much it the hardest it got.

I had heard before my interview, that they asked you for a topic to ask questions on... so I revised the hell out of acids and bases, but silly me, I didn't realise that that was what they were doing when they asked me what experiments I had done recently in school, stupidly I mentioned testing for aldehydes and ketones, even though I hardly knew that! I ended up nailing the questions anyway so whatever lol

At the other places I applied to eg Bristol and Sheffield where it supposed to be more of an informal chat than an interview, it was actually very similar! Bristol asked me to describe how an NMR machine works (loved the question cuz I'm also into my physics) and got me to draw a few basic structures. Sheffield did much the same, think I had to do a reaction mechanism.

Its more just "why are you interested in chemistry?" that takes up the main chunk of interviews, don't bother rehearsing for that or whatever, it should be pretty instinctive if you have actually decided on chemistry for some reason.
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(Original post by Ebrius)
At the other places I applied to eg Bristol and Sheffield where it supposed to be more of an informal chat than an interview, it was actually very similar! Bristol asked me to describe how an NMR machine works (loved the question cuz I'm also into my physics) and got me to draw a few basic structures. Sheffield did much the same, think I had to do a reaction mechanism.
Thanks you've helped me a lot but one final question, the reaction mechanisms are they basic like these?;

Consider the following reaction:
CO + NO2 → CO2 + NO

In this case, it has been experimentally determined that this reaction takes place according to the rate law R = k[NO2]2. Therefore, a possible mechanism by which this reaction takes place is:

2 NO2 → NO3 + NO (slow)

NO3 + CO → NO2 + CO2 (fast)
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Thanks you've helped me a lot but one final question, the reaction mechanisms are they basic like these?;
Sorry I didn't reply for so long, hope you still see this, but the mechs they asked me to draw were normally organic like SN1 SN2, though I suppose yes that is also the kind -of question that may come up, seems about the right level of difficulty. If you struggle at all they also prompt you which is good.

The organic ones were like: 'using curly arrows show how HCN/KCN reacts with aldehydes.'
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Sorry I didn't reply for so long, hope you still see this, but the mechs they asked me to draw were normally organic like SN1 SN2, though I suppose yes that is also the kind -of question that may come up, seems about the right level of difficulty. If you struggle at all they also prompt you which is good.

The organic ones were like: 'using curly arrows show how HCN/KCN reacts with aldehydes.'
Which books do you read, your school books? I haven't run into aldehydes yet, can you list all your chem books?
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just to add abit more to what the others have said, i had 3 interviews. in manchester and liverpool they mainly just asked why i wanted to do chemistry, and why at their university. manchester also asked me to tell him about an experiment we had done recently. at leeds i got asked the same, but also why i wanted to do a degree in chemistry, and what i wanted to do with it. leeds was the only place that asked me chemistry questions, he just asked what we had been doing recently, and at the time we were doing revision for the january modules, so i just picked something at random, i think it was benzene rings, and he asked me to draw him a mechanism. that was about it. oh and he asked me some question like "if you put an ice cube in a cup of water, and the ice cube melts, does the volume increase, decrease, or stay the same?" which i had never thought about, so we spent abit talking about that.
i was really nervous for all my interviews, but they were all fine, and nothing to have worried about before hand.
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^^ It decreases :P
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Which books do you read, your school books? I haven't run into aldehydes yet, can you list all your chem books?
I only had school books, dont worry they'll only ask you about stuff you've covered in school
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I only had school books, dont worry they'll only ask you about stuff you've covered in school
Ok thanks for everything.
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The most serious interview I had was at Imperial, where they asked me what kind of things I'd been doing in school, I mentioned testing for aldehydes and ketones, and then they got me to draw out the structure of 2,4-dnph and also draw the mechanism of some sort of reaction of ethanal, and that was pretty much it the hardest it got.

I had heard before my interview, that they asked you for a topic to ask questions on... so I revised the hell out of acids and bases, but silly me, I didn't realise that that was what they were doing when they asked me what experiments I had done recently in school, stupidly I mentioned testing for aldehydes and ketones, even though I hardly knew that! I ended up nailing the questions anyway so whatever lol

At the other places I applied to eg Bristol and Sheffield where it supposed to be more of an informal chat than an interview, it was actually very similar! Bristol asked me to describe how an NMR machine works (loved the question cuz I'm also into my physics) and got me to draw a few basic structures. Sheffield did much the same, think I had to do a reaction mechanism.

Its more just "why are you interested in chemistry?" that takes up the main chunk of interviews, don't bother rehearsing for that or whatever, it should be pretty instinctive if you have actually decided on chemistry for some reason.
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^^ It decreases :P
it actually stays the same.
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