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    Here is a very basic question. How are you preparing?

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    Frantically trying to re-read all the books mentioned on my personal statement and by trying I mean procrastinating/watching x factor. You?
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    (Original post by Lookatmycoolname)
    Frantically trying to re-read all the books mentioned on my personal statement and by trying I mean procrastinating/watching x factor. You?
    I'm concerned. I've re-read two of the novels I put on my personal statement, but two I can't get hold of so I'm quite worried about that. How well do you think that they'll expect us to know the books?
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    Try not to worry! You could remind yourself of the plots from the internet? I don't think they'll ask questions which are too specific, but maybe ask us to compare different works we've mentioned or ask us about themes etc. Which novels were they out of curiosity?
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    Not very much, I left the books I meant to skim through on the train :p: so I'm just looking up literary stuff on the internet. Oh well.
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    Good luck, English interviewees! I think the best way you can prepare is to know your personal statement texts as well as possible (and to read through the essay you submitted), but apart from that, there's not much you can do. You can't predict the questions they'll ask.

    Also, you'll find that you can kind of direct the way the interview goes, to some extent. I didn't mention Wuthering Heights at all in my personal statement, but I brought it up in the interview (can't remember what it was in relation to), and the interviewer started asking me questions about it. As a result, I think at least half of my first interview was just on Wuthering Heights. So keep that in mind. Unless the interviewer's really awful, you're not going to get asked about something you know absolutely nothing about. And even there are a few dead ends where you just can't think of anything to say (I completely failed to answer a question about religion in Middlemarch), it's not the end of the world.
 
 
 
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