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    Okay, I already know that this is highly unlikely, but I was wondering if there's ANY WAY I can get an offer from Cambridge without getting interviewed? I live overseas, and there aren't any interviews being conducted in my country, and so I'm assuming I'd have to travel to the UK. But is that mandatory? I don't mind the traveling, I'm just an awfully awkward + anxious person and I would dread an interview and probably mess it up.
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    Nope, you have to be interviewed and the main purpose of the interview is to find out if you are really passionate about you subject, Cambridge professors can easily sniff you out if you do not have a real passion about your subject. Sure you can get A*s at A levels and GCSE but if you don't give two ****s about your subject then you aren't getting in anytime soon.
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    (Original post by The RAR)
    Nope, you have to be interviewed and the main purpose of the interview is to find out if you are really passionate about you subject, Cambridge professors can easily sniff you out if you do not have a real passion about your subject. Sure you can get A*s at A levels and GCSE but if you don't give two ****s about your subject then you aren't getting in anytime soon.
    That may be one of the purpose of interview, but I don’t think it’s the main one......
    They mostly want to see how you think/how your brain works and if you’re suited to their unique style of teaching = supervisions. Their interview is academic. Not like job interviews at all where your passion for the position can win over your prospective employer...

    Also in case of international applicants, meeting them in person at interview is the best way for them to check if their English ability is sufficient to study at Cambridge.
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    (Original post by jvinmurrey)
    Okay, I already know that this is highly unlikely, but I was wondering if there's ANY WAY I can get an offer from Cambridge without getting interviewed? I live overseas, and there aren't any interviews being conducted in my country, and so I'm assuming I'd have to travel to the UK. But is that mandatory? I don't mind the traveling, I'm just an awfully awkward + anxious person and I would dread an interview and probably mess it up.
    No applicant will get an offer without interview. (See my post above)

    But no need to worry about being interviewed either.
    They know very well some people are naturally very shy and you can get nervous at interview even if you’re not a nervous person normally.

    My daughter’s interview went horribly because of her nerve, but she could get offer.
    One of her friends at college is extremely shy person who can’t say more than a few words even to her closest friends. She got offer, no problem.
    Another friend of her is a typical socially-awkward geek on STEM course. You’ll see many of them walking around in departments and colleges of Cambridge. They came through their interview alright.


    They’re very used to deal with shy/nervous/socially awkward people, so that’s not something you should be concerned about.
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    (Original post by clprizeman)
    Not true, I have been offered 5/5 uni offers, all for psychology, and have firmly accepted an unconditional offer with no interview or invitation to interview.
    Check the forum and the thread title! You won't get a Cambridge undergrad offer without an interview.
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    (Original post by clprizeman)
    Not true, I have been offered 5/5 uni offers, all for psychology, and have firmly accepted an unconditional offer with no interview or invitation to interview.
    This discussion is/was regarding if someone can be accepted into the University of Cambridge without an interview; and the answer to that question is no, one can not get accepted into Cambridge without an interview.

    Sincerest congratulations on your offers though!
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    (Original post by KeepCam,CarryOn)
    This discussion is/was regarding if someone can be accepted into the University of Cambridge without an interview; and the answer to that question is no, one can not get accepted into Cambridge without an interview.

    Sincerest congratulations on your offers though!
    I think OP wasn’t aware it was Cambridge forum when they posted.
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    You wouldn’t have to travel - the interviewers do! And if they don’t come to a country near you then they sometimes do video interviews although they don’t like that as much. What I will say is that in my interviews, the interviewers were SO lovely and they’re not trying to catch you out, they’re trying to bring out the best in you! Honestly, my college and interviewers were so friendly that even though I didn’t get in I actually had a really good day! You’ll regret it if you don’t try ☺️ good luck x
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    (Original post by hollyoliviax)
    You wouldn’t have to travel - the interviewers do! And if they don’t come to a country near you then they sometimes do video interviews although they don’t like that as much. What I will say is that in my interviews, the interviewers were SO lovely and they’re not trying to catch you out, they’re trying to bring out the best in you! Honestly, my college and interviewers were so friendly that even though I didn’t get in I actually had a really good day! You’ll regret it if you don’t try ☺️ good luck x
    The original post was posted early October last year, so I think OP had already had their interview in UK or decided not to apply to Cambridge if they were really not keen on travelling for interview.

    But to what you said......unfortunately a large majority of international applicants have to travel to Cambridge for interview. It’s only in a very few countries they send an interviewer to, and in most countries they can only interview some of the local applicants, not all.
    Also, though a few colleges do conduct interview over Skype very occasionally, they’re exceptions rather than normal.

    Thought I’d better make these clear so that future informational applicants won’t have a false hope.
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    (Original post by vincrows)
    Also, though a few colleges do conduct interview over Skype very occasionally, they’re exceptions rather than normal.
    And generally even then it seems to be only the mature colleges.

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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    And generally even then it seems to be only the mature colleges.

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    Oh was it?
    I noticed there were a little more cases of Skype interviews being offered this cycle than before (or at least more cases posted in tsr) but didn’t take note of which colleges they were ....

    ....but actually, I *think* there was at least one non-mature college that offered Skype interview, but of course I may be remembering it wrongly.....

    In any case the fact remains a vast majority of international applicants are required to travel to Cambridge for interviews.
 
 
 
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