“How would you poison someone without the police finding out?” This is just one example of a question that has been asked at a Cambridge interview, in this case, to those aspiring to study Medicine. From Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic to Veterinary Medicine, bizarre interview questions abound in an Oxbridge interview. For centuries, students have been faced with left-field questions to test their lateral thinking skills and determine whether they will thrive in an environment which seeks to nurture their academic potential and curiosity. So, what should you expect at a Cambridge interview and how can you prepare?
Law applicants are likely to be asked their opinion on a fictitious or past legal case or point of law, an example being “If a wife had expressed distaste for it previously, would her husband’s habit of putting marmalade in his egg at breakfast be grounds for divorce?” No prior knowledge is required; solely an ability to present a logical and reasoned argument.
Students going for Medicine may be asked questions around medical ethics, such as “At what point is a person “dead”?Medicine applicants (like all applicants), should also keep up to date with current affairs and be prepared to discuss a wide range of topics, such as their opinion on the government’s latest reforms to junior doctor contracts.
Economics candidates may be asked to put a monetary value on an item or be invited to create an alternative process for a current economic conundrum or controversial issue. Students should be able to apply previous knowledge where applicable, whilst also thinking of new and creative approaches.
So in the weeks leading up to the interview, we would advise you to do at least three things:
- Keep abreast of current affairs within your subject area as well as general topical issues
- Practice some of our real-life Oxford and Cambridge interview questions
- Discuss areas of interest within your subject with peers or family members
We wish you all the best in your forthcoming interview.
- Economics & Logic Puzzle: ticket touts We asked top Economics blogger Resham Kotecha to challenge us... Read more >
- Oxbridge Open Day Guide With open days drawing ever nearer, applicants and parents alike... Read more >
- June’s Top News Stories Read more about some of the biggest news stories to... Read more >
- US University Applications: How Decisions Are Made Article contributed by: Dr Jon Tabbert, US university admissions educational... Read more >
- Science Puzzle: experimenting with mice… We asked our Medicine graduate Jennifer to tell us a... Read more >
- Is Oxbridge right for me? Have you asked yourself why you are planning to apply... Read more >
- PPE: answer like a pro If you’re applying for Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) or... Read more >
- Information on choosing a course at Oxford or Cambridge “Perhaps it is because Oxbridge encourages more ‘traditional’ A Level... Read more >
- PAT mini mock paper & answers The Physics Aptitude Test or PAT is required by Oxford... Read more >
- ELAT overview If you’re applying for English, or its joint schools, you... Read more >
- MLAT overview If you’re applying for Modern Languages, or their joint schools, you... Read more >
- BMAT overview & tips If you’re applying for Medicine, Biomedical Sciences or Veterinary Medicine you... Read more >
- Human Social and Political Science (HSPS) Reading List If you are applying for HSPS at Cambridge, it is... Read more >
- Personal Statement Solution: Brainstorm Sheet Writing your personal statement may just be the grimmest part... Read more >
- Interactive Interview Exercise Manual ‘What should I expect at my Oxbridge interview?’ ‘How will... Read more >
- Cambridge’s Supplementary Application Questionnaire After you have submitted your UCAS application to apply to... Read more >
- Cambridge college snapshots Despite having a smaller number of colleges than Oxford, each of... Read more >
- TSA Oxford mini mock & answers Thinking is very important to Oxford, so they’ve devised an... Read more >
- Personal Statement Action Plan: Section 2 of 2 You’ve done your reading. You’ve made your brainstorm. You’ve possibly... Read more >
- HAT mini mock paper The History Aptitude Test or ‘HAT’ must be sat by... Read more >
- Your free E-book… “So You Want To Go To Oxbridge? Tell me about a banana…” If you are applying to Oxford or Cambridge, there are... Read more >
- TSA Cambridge mini mock & answers The Thinking Skills Assessment is required for a number of... Read more >
- MAT overview If you’re applying for Maths or Computer Science at Oxford you will need... Read more >
- What You Need To Know About A Level Reforms The A Level system that has been in place since... Read more >