Invited To An Interview
All interview preparation will be included on your invite letter, please ensure you check this to ensure you are fully prepared and bring along correct equipment etc. if required.
What To Expect
A college interview is sometimes a little different to other types of interviews. It can often be more of a discussion so that the tutor can figure out if the course you have applied for is the right fit for you. Some courses will invite applicants in in a group so that they can give you an overview of the programme and then speak to you individually afterwards.
Specific courses may also provide you with information beforehand about a task or test they would like you to do. This is just a way of the college finding out which level of course is suitable for you.
During your discussion with the interviewer there may be some standard questions which will allow you to tell them more about yourself.
Some common questions you should be prepared to answer include:
- Why do you want to come to college (and why GKC)?
- What do you know about the subject you are applying for?
- What interests you about the course?
- What are your goals for the future?
- What makes you a suitable candidate for the course?
- What do you think will be challenging about coming to college?
- What do you like to do outside of college?
- Do you have any relevant employment or volunteering experiences you could tell us about?
What Is Expected Of You
Be There On Time
In fact, if possible be there early. It always a good idea to find the place you need to report to early so that you still have some time to gather your thoughts. 10/15 minutes is a good amount of time. Always check which campus you should be attending too.
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Make A Good First Impression
Although a college interview is not extremely formal it is still important to be well presented and organised. If you have been asked to bring anything with you then make sure you remember to bring it along. For example, you may be required to bring a portfolio with examples of previous work. This may help to demonstrate your skills and talent.
Also check your letter to see if you have been asked to bring anything else such as qualifications, ID or references.
Do Your Research
It’s a good idea to show you are knowledgeable about the course you have applied for. Have a look at the descriptor on the college website and check what the course content looks like. Note down any modules or subjects that interest you in particular. Check if there is placement element to your course so you can possibly chat about how you feel it may benefit you.
Match Your Experience & Skills With The Course Your Applying To
If you have managed to do some research then you will have a good idea of the type of skills, experience and interests the interviewer may be looking for. Where possible, when you are answering questions try to match them with your abilities and skill set.
Positive Body Language
A large part of our communication with people is non-verbal therefore body language is extremely important. Remember to greet your interviewer with a smile, establish good eye contact and show you are listening to any information you are given. Look interested.
Prepare Questions For The Interviewer
At the end of an interview you may be asked if you have any questions. It is not essential to ask a question however it is a good opportunity to ask about anything that has not been covered. It is good to prepare some questions beforehand just in case. Here are some suggestions:
- Which University courses can I apply for after this course?
- What types of jobs do people normally move in to?
- What skills will I be learning?
- Can you give me any examples of what I will be doing on the course?
- Can you tell me more about the placement I will be doing?
What Our Interviewers Say
- Be honest (we may be able to place you on a more suitable course
- Have a plan for your progression route
- Display an interest in the area of course you are applying for
- Ask questions
- Show knowledge of course
For details on different funding options and how to apply, visit our Student Funding & Fees page