Putting you at ease

As can be seen, the interview is only one part of the admissions process, but we are well aware that candidates often view it with trepidation. We try very hard to make the tone as informal and friendly as possible, and you need not be afraid that you will be asked trick questions. You will be sent a booklet if you are called for interview which gives helpful advice, or you can visit the University's Interviews at Oxford web page.

What will be involved?

The pattern of interviews varies from subject to subject. You could be interviewed on: 

  • work you have submitted in advance
  • Advanced Level syllabus content
  • a pre-arranged topic, to be advised when you are called for interview
  • general interest topics (no preparation necessary).

What are tutors looking for?

We are looking for commitment to the chosen subject, the ability to think, and a mature attitude to work. We are not looking for quick answers or elegant witticisms, and we know very well that when people are nervous they may take a while to settle down.

Admissions video diaries

In 2010, a number of Oxford tutors recorded video diaries discussing their preparation and expectations for the interview period, along with discussions of the interview and selection process. These can be found on Oxford University's YouTube Channel.