(Original post by xinchiu890)
Me as well! I'm nervous about Reims because they tend to ask about a lot of American history and politics that I know I'm not good with haha. I'm curious to find out how it went for others// what articles they used for yall
(Original post by skyline1011)
Wow guys congrats on the offers!!! Could you tell us more about your interview for Reims? I have mine in March (Madrid or Lisbon still don't know) and I'm super nervous because I have no idea what to expect :/
heya both! my interviews for Sydney and berkeley were completely different but i will still explain them as they may be useful to someone on here!
Sydney: seemed more like the traditional Sciences Po interview in that i had an article to analyse and was asked questions on it. I was given an article on the Jillet Jaune and Fuel Protests taking place at the time (november) which was a complete shock and horror for me as i only had vague knowledge about it. I went about it from an economics perspective and spoke about how different taxes affected different demographics etc. Then i spoke about the politics of Macron's premiership (dictatorship style, but france is oddly socialist). you need to be able to analyse an (even unknown!) article and be able to relate some of the themes in it to other world wide movements/ phenenomons, political ideology and philosophy, economic theory or previous stages in history. Basically making synoptic links and linking it to whatever you can!! they then moved on to ask me about why i wanted to attend the dual degree program, and at this point i totally geeked out and just garbled through why it was (and is!) my dream program.
Berkeley: no article to analayse, asked me about why i like politics and economics (intended majors for me), asked me about the campuses and what i liked about them. Be prepared that they may ask you some courses you would be interested in taking from the liberal arts structure. This question caught me out so i said some very basic and vague courses guaranteed to be held (Eh.... introduction to Economic History anybody?) Again, for a lot of this, i totally geeked out and just started weaving in things i had been reading, articles or theories or book that had interested me, some things that challenged my view point, aspects of my classes that i enjoyed. I really had no filter in a sense and went on massive tangents about economics articles that i had been reading etc, but they seemed to enjoy that.
My best advice to offer i think is to be yourself, and show them how much you love your respective subjects! being able to talk freely about what your intrested in is so charming to others and it shows you will be enjoyable to teach. It is as much about finding out what you will be like for them to teach as it is to find out how suitable you are for the school. Try to relax: dont be uptight and let your inner geek be free!
Let me know if you want to know anything else!!