Oxbridge interviews: what to expect and how to prepare
Current Oxbridge students give their advice on how to be ready for the interview
- By: Zak Tait
Oxbridge medical courses are predominantly scientific, which means that the interviews are designed to test your problem solving abilities and interest in science. You are less likely to be asked about teamwork, important as this is, and more likely to be asked about T cells. Cambridge also holds general interviews, where your personal statement and extracurricular activities may be discussed in more detail. Usually, the interview style doesn’t require you to show detailed scientific knowledge but is intended to assess your ability to apply knowledge to unfamiliar situations and to test your problem solving skills, critical thinking, and analytical approach.
You will almost certainly get some questions wrong—but this is OK. Your interviewers want to see how you think and analyse, not just what you can regurgitate. The best approach is to keep calm and try to be yourself. Also, remember that your interviewers will be considering your academic achievements,