I have my first ever interview at uni next week and I am feeling really nervous about the individual interview. I am trying to prepare, but no idea on what sort of questions I'll be asked. I have applied for mental health nursing. I really want to get it right, I'm 30 years old and have 3 children. I have only applied to this one uni, so it's my only hope of achieving my dream.
Any pointers on preparation and Q's I may be asked will be greatly appreciated!! I really need to secure a place, so I can finally get out into the big wide world and help those in need. 💙💚💛💜
Why that university?
Why that course?
MR's top 3 tips for a successful interview:
- Act comfortable not confident. Trying to appear confident risks looking cocky. Behave as though you are enjoying being in the environment and that the idea of a one-to-one is something you would like and be suited to. So relax and feel as though you fit naturally into that academic environment.
- THINK ALOUD. This is the big one. Listen to the question, think about the answer, communicate these thoughts to the interviewer. Don't feel that you have to deliver a succinct answer quickly: this is a discussion, not a quiz. The interviewers wish to see your thought pattern, they wish to see the logic you are following in order to reach your point of conclusion (i.e. your definitive answer). Don't rush that. Don't be afraid of silence either, but if you are thinking seriously about the question then do it out loud.
- Stop and evaluate yourself as you go. Don't feel like you need to stick rigidly to everything you've said. I found myself partly disagreeing with my first sentence in my response after I'd thought about it (aloud) for a couple of minutes. Don't be afraid to stop and say "well actually, when I first said that... it might actually be ..." This doesn't show indecision, it shows you're open to other ideas and it means you're making your answer stronger. The interviewers will try to throw problems at the answers you give anyway, so anticipate what those might be as you're delivering your response and answer them before they're asked.
Thank you both. That's put me at ease somewhat. I am also worried that they will decline me because of my appearance 😥 I'm covered in tattoos. Do you think this will mark me down?
- remember they want you to do well
- expect the unexpected
- focus on the positives but also be aware of things you can/are looking to improve on while on the course
-remember you have been selected for an interview so they must have liked your application
specifically for you:
- why mh nursing specifically
- why uni at this point in your life/ mature student
things that came up a lot for me: communication skills, what would you do in X situation, why nursing and why that field of nursing, expectations of the course e.g. placements, experiences of leadership/teamwork/helping people/effective commuincation
In a nutshell always keep in mind why you want to do the course and why you think you'd be good at it! Remember there is only so much prep you can do (could write down things from your personal statement to keep in mind/ future ambitions/ specific interest on the course such as a module you are looking forward to/get people to ask you why you have chosen that course and frame a response) but the most important thing is to believe in yourself (soppy, I know)
Good luck! Don't hesitate to ask me any other questions!