Same I just scheduled my interview for next week friday for economics 😭😭 i just hope it goes well
I'm not familiar with the Target Oxbridge process and whether this is you doing an interview to get onto the programme, or whether it's a mock interview for potential interviews this December! Either way, as someone who used to run mock interviews for Oxbridge applicants and shove articles in their faces to analyse/discuss with me, here are some top tips from someone from The Other Place ( ):
Think about key words What? Why? When? How? Who? - all these words you'd underline in an essay title/question! Use these words to break down the key points/facts stemming from the article. Consider how a different who?/why? would make a difference to the article in question, e.g. for HSPS, if it's an article about the recent appointment of Rishi Sunak: HOW might things have been different if Boris Johnson (WHO) had stood against Rishi Sunak? Would we have a different Prime Minister right now? How would that affect economic policy? etc.
Talk the interviewer through your thought process(es) Think aloud and guide the interviewer through how you are approaching and answering the question. Interviewers are more interested in HOW you think, than WHAT you know So getting the answer wrong matters less if you have a solid explanation for how you approached that answer and can demonstrate this verbally
Don't be afraid to ask for clarifications! I think it's very easy to clam up/not understand something but fear that asking for further info/clarification would count against you. It's perfectly OK to ask for a certain amount of drip-fed info, if it helps you to build an argument.
I forgot one last piece of key advice: consider and be willing to articulate different/opposing points of view, whilst making your particular standpoint clear. Try to have an articulated opinion: if you really can't and need to sit on the fence between two standpoints, explain clearly why you are not falling on either side of the argument