Demystifying the Oxford interview

University of Oxford academics have released a set of sample interview questions in a bid to reassure applicants and help them to understand the interview process.

Students applying to read experimental psychology, for example, might be asked to speculate why older siblings consistently score higher than younger siblings in IQ tests.

Meanwhile, aspiring doctors might be asked to explain why the death rate from cancer is so much higher in the UK than the Philippines.

“No matter what kind of educational background or opportunities you have had, the interview should be an opportunity to show off your interest and ability in your chosen subject, since they are not about reciting what you already know,” said Samina Khan, director of admissions and outreach at Oxford.

“Tutors want to give candidates a chance to show their real ability and potential, which means candidates will be encouraged to use their knowledge and apply their thinking to new problems – with tutors guiding the discussion to ensure students feel comfortable and confident.”

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