Official 2019 Cambridge Interview Thread Watch

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:banana:Welcome to the Official 2019 Cambridge Interview Thread!:banana:

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT OFFERS/REJECTIONS: As it is nearly January, please remember that ALL decisions will come out on the 14th of January. Colleges will email to notify you whether your application has been successful or not (some will send letters AS WELL, but some will not). Please bear in mind that most colleges do NOT use batch emails for decisions, so even if someone applying for the same subject and college as you has received an email and you have not, don’t despair and wait. Offers and Rejections will be sent from the time the admissions offices open (usually around 8/9am) until they close, which may be later than usual (around 6pm as an estimate though). Best of luck for decisions days!

INFORMATION ON POOLING AND SECOND INTERVIEWS: Second interviews in the pool are ONLY for home applicants. These will take place in early January so try to keep the weeks leading up to the 14th free. You are most likely to be notified via email if this is the case, however a few people have said they received a phone call as well.
If you have been placed in the pool without a second interview, unfortunately you will not find out until the 14th of January. If you are successful, you will hear back from your new college and if you are unsuccessful the college you originally applied to will be the college that emails you.

As suggested by the Community Team for Unis, I have set up this thread, alongside the pre-existing one, for those who have applied to Cambridge for 2019 entry and wish to discuss upcoming interviews.

Please fill out this Survey if you have received an invite (anonymous). Once you have filled out this survey, your responses will automatically be added to a spreadsheet.

You can view the responses on this Spreadsheet

As most of you should know, interview invites have already started coming out and will continue to arrive until the end of November. If you have not yet received an invite, you can see whether anyone else from your subject and/or college is in a similar position right here!

If you have received interview invites, please read the email carefully as there may be certain details your college will ask not to be disclosed, and doing so may break your confidentiality agreement.

If you would like to use the general thread for admissions, it is located here: The Official 2019 Cambridge Applicants Thread

Here is a spreadsheet of when interview dates came out for specific courses and colleges last year and when these interviews took place (remember this does not mean invites will come out at the exact same time this year): Invite and Interview dates from previous admissions cycle

Here are some interview related links and info, which are also available on the original thread:

How to prepare for a Cambridge interview
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What to expect at interview
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Mock interviews by Emmanuel College

Mock interviews (Engineering and Law) by Trinity College



Listen to some current students’ experiences and thoughts on interview here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...GCGkOqQ-thFQh4
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:banana:Welcome to the Official 2019 Cambridge Interview Thread!:banana:






Nice one :woo:
Tagging the applicant thread posters in! :yay:

Edit: oh and I'm gonna post my chart here for future reference - basically interviewees are often terrible at judging how well/bably their interview went. There is zero correlation between the interviewees opinion, and the final offer/rejection decision. This holds true for both arts&humanties and science courses:

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Got an invite to interview Corpus Maths 14/11/18.
The interview is on 10/12/18
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Edit: Interview for Engineering at Pembroke on 28th November!
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The college I have applied to has been a bit incompetent with communication so far, would be nice to get an interview invitation at some point.
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My college has been a bit incompetent with communication so far.
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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 Cambridge environment and that the idea of a supervision 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 (aloud) it 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.


Anyone is welcome to disagree and contradict this advice, but these 3 principles got me an offer.
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Haha true, well tbf I knew what I was getting into, they took 2 weeks to reply to a simple enquiry I had before (and this was back in June)...
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My college has been a bit incompetent with communication so far, would be nice to get an interview invitation at some point.
Which college? Mine has been pretty awful with communication as well
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Which college? Mine has been pretty awful with communication as well
lmao same here, applied for compsci at queens
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lmao same here, applied for compsci at queens
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