The vast majority of students at UK schools and colleges will be invited for interview, provided that they are offering the correct subjects, are predicted to achieve the standard offer and have a track record to date which makes this likely. The interviews are academically searching and provide us with important additional information; however, we do not select people only by interview – it is just part of the process.
In subjects which are heavily oversubscribed we may decide not to call for interview those whose academic profile (e.g. AS module grades or other exam marks) makes it very unlikely that they would be successful in gaining an offer, no matter what the outcome of the interviews.
It is important that applicants regard the interview as an opportunity rather than an ordeal. We aim to put candidates at ease and give them the chance to show their abilities to best advantage. We realise that they will be nervous and that they will probably not have had such an interview before. We want candidates to do themselves justice and we would gain nothing from asking trick questions.
At Selwyn all candidates have a general interview (about 15 mins) and then either one or two subject interviews (between 20 and 45 mins. each). In the majority of these interviews candidates would not be faced with more than two interviewers.
There is a great deal of useful information about interviews on the University website (including some video footage), and in addition there is an excellent publication Cambridge Interviews: the facts, which will help you to understand the process. We strongly recommend that you study this material before you come for interview.
Special arrangements are made for candidates from Canada, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Pakistan, and Malaysia to be interviewed in their own countries.
The interviews are generally carried out in the first two weeks of December, except in some small subjects where they may take place in the previous week. This year the interviews are likely to be held from Monday 27th November – Friday 15th December 2017.