University Of Bedfordshire Nursing Interview
Preparing for your interview
- Consider your strengths and weaknesses
- Identify accomplishments you are proud of. Why are you proud of them? How did you evaluate these accomplishments?
- Have you developed any new skills that will help support your application? If so, how did you develop these?
- Be able to articulate why you are interested in this field of study. What led to an interest in this area? What are your long-term goals?
Know the course
- Research your chosen area of study thoroughly
- Ensure that you are aware of any new developments in your field
- You may be asked to express your views on current affairs, so make sure that you know what’s happening in the news
- Read through your personal statement and any other correspondence that you have sent to the university
- Research the University (especially course content and key staff)
- What time is your interview? How long will you have?
- Check the location of the building – is there parking or good transport connections?
- Decide what to wear in advance.
First impressions count!
- Do not be late – if exceptional circumstances occur, contact Admissions urgently to confirm if there is still time for you to complete your interview
- Walk into a room confidently, making eye contact
- Firm handshake
- Introduce yourself, if given the opportunity
What are the interviewers looking for?
- Your ability to communicate (articulate, clear thinking).
- Your commitment to university, the course and subject (highly motivated, clear commitment, passion for the subject).
- Preparation and readiness to study (awareness of study commitment and organisational ability).
- Assessment of suitability for the course (strong potential to succeed).
- Use eye contact
- Be aware of your posture and don’t fidget
- Be positive
- Nod to show that you are listening
- In a group situation, make sure you contribute but always give others a chance to have their say too
- Try to be yourself
- Speak clearly
- Listen to the question being asked and ensure that you answer it
- Do not just answer yes or no – expand on your answer
- Show what you know – try and incorporate information about the university and the course into your answers
- If you get flustered, take a breath and start again
- Try to consider why you are being asked a certain question
- Most of all, good luck!