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Hi all, so I just got an interview of Design Engineering from Imperial.
I'm wondering if someone doing the course can give some advice about the interview.
Is the interview more about maths problems or more about your personal statement?
I saw on the email saying we got a chance to show our portfolios. I don't actually have one, will it make me disadvantaged among interviewee?
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Hi all, so I just got an interview of Design Engineering from Imperial.
I'm wondering if someone doing the course can give some advice about the interview.
Is the interview more about maths problems or more about your personal statement?
I saw on the email saying we got a chance to show our portfolios. I don't actually have one, will it make me disadvantaged among interviewee?
hi when did you apply? I am also applying for design eng and slightly worried that I haven't heard anything yet
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hi when did you apply? I am also applying for design eng and slightly worried that I haven't heard anything yet
I submitted my application on 6th Oct.
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Hi all, so I just got an interview of Design Engineering from Imperial.
I'm wondering if someone doing the course can give some advice about the interview.
Is the interview more about maths problems or more about your personal statement?
I saw on the email saying we got a chance to show our portfolios. I don't actually have one, will it make me disadvantaged among interviewee?
I got it too! When is your interview date?
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I got it too! When is your interview date?
I have requested an alternative interview slot and that is on 18 Nov. What about u?
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I put mine on 12 Nov.
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I put mine on 12 Nov.
Good luck with your interview!I'm pretty nervous tbh.
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(Original post by heysummer)
Hi all, so I just got an interview of Design Engineering from Imperial.
I'm wondering if someone doing the course can give some advice about the interview.
Is the interview more about maths problems or more about your personal statement?
I saw on the email saying we got a chance to show our portfolios. I don't actually have one, will it make me disadvantaged among interviewee?
Hello, current 3rd Year Imperial DesEng student here evidently procrastinating from my work by browsing Student Room. Firstly, congrats on getting an interview!

From what I can remember and assuming that the interview structure has not changed too much in the last three years, you can expect something along the lines of (in no particular order):
1. a hypothetical maths question
--> this is about your approach to solving the problem, not the value/answer itself
--> I can absolutely guarantee the answer I gave was not correct but I ran through what steps I would take to solve it, and that's the main point of them asking you
2. a design related question
--> a very open ended question to see how you would approach design
3. an engineering/physics question
--> explain how a given mechanism works
4. an open general question
--> opportunity to talk about your past experiences/may be related to your personal statement

they are testing you on how you respond to available information
--> the interviewer will give you hints/prompts during the questions and they are looking to see how you utilise these hints in adjusting your answer aka don't just ignore them but acknowledge them and apply them to what you're trying to say

And another note being that they may ask you to multitask eg they asked me to sketch while answering
--> they aren't testing you on the quality of your outcome (it's a bonus if you're good but mine was bad trust me), it's more on your willingness to tackle challenges so don't panic

random general tips:
--> show evidence that you're engaging in the convo ie. I made an effort to pick up the pen & paper provided to make notes while I was doing the maths question (no idea how this would work in pandemic times though...)
--> always come prepared with a question to ask the interviewer at the end, as it shows your enthusiasm towards the course and that you're keen to know more [btw I forgot to actually prepare a question so I made it up on the fly (whoops) It was very stressful in that split second so I would definitely recommend putting some thought into it]
--> In terms of the portfolio, don't stress too much. Although I provided one, they spent a solid 10s max flipping through it right at the end and that was it. I know plenty of people in my cohort who didn't bring one.
--> The ones interviewing you guys are all lecturers in our department and they're all very friendly so don't stress too much.

Wow, in the end this answer became quite long and it was nice to go down memory lane. Not sure how helpful/relevant my experience will be since the course has changed somewhat since then but I hope it's of use to you guys. Good luck! I should really get back to my work now...
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Good luck with your interview!I'm pretty nervous tbh.
Haha, thank you! You too!
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Hello, current 3rd Year Imperial DesEng student here evidently procrastinating from my work by browsing Student Room. Firstly, congrats on getting an interview!

From what I can remember and assuming that the interview structure has not changed too much in the last three years, you can expect something along the lines of (in no particular order):
1. a hypothetical maths question
--> this is about your approach to solving the problem, not the value/answer itself
--> I can absolutely guarantee the answer I gave was not correct but I ran through what steps I would take to solve it, and that's the main point of them asking you
2. a design related question
--> a very open ended question to see how you would approach design
3. an engineering/physics question
--> explain how a given mechanism works
4. an open general question
--> opportunity to talk about your past experiences/may be related to your personal statement

they are testing you on how you respond to available information
--> the interviewer will give you hints/prompts during the questions and they are looking to see how you utilise these hints in adjusting your answer aka don't just ignore them but acknowledge them and apply them to what you're trying to say

And another note being that they may ask you to multitask eg they asked me to sketch while answering
--> they aren't testing you on the quality of your outcome (it's a bonus if you're good but mine was bad trust me), it's more on your willingness to tackle challenges so don't panic

random general tips:
--> show evidence that you're engaging in the convo ie. I made an effort to pick up the pen & paper provided to make notes while I was doing the maths question (no idea how this would work in pandemic times though...)
--> always come prepared with a question to ask the interviewer at the end, as it shows your enthusiasm towards the course and that you're keen to know more [btw I forgot to actually prepare a question so I made it up on the fly (whoops) It was very stressful in that split second so I would definitely recommend putting some thought into it]
--> In terms of the portfolio, don't stress too much. Although I provided one, they spent a solid 10s max flipping through it right at the end and that was it. I know plenty of people in my cohort who didn't bring one.
--> The ones interviewing you guys are all lecturers in our department and they're all very friendly so don't stress too much.

Wow, in the end this answer became quite long and it was nice to go down memory lane. Not sure how helpful/relevant my experience will be since the course has changed somewhat since then but I hope it's of use to you guys. Good luck! I should really get back to my work now...
Hi, thanks for the great info!
How long does Imperial take to give offers?
And how is life as a DE student at Imperial? Like societies (sports) and social life?
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