Oxbridge mock interviews with Epsom College and Kingston Grammar School
On the 18 and 19 November, Sixth Form students from St George’s College, Weybridge, visited Epsom College and Kingston Grammar School for mock interviews, in preparation for our upcoming Oxbridge interviews. This first contingent of boys and girls represents only some of the many students from St George's College, Weybridge who are about to take their Oxbridge interviews this year.
The interviews were 25 minutes long, with a 5 minute discussion period at the end. This provided us with the perfect environment to practise some interview techniques that we have been learning through our weekly Oxbridge sessions with Mr Laughton, Mrs Smith and Heads of Department, as well as experiencing a formal setting.
My interviewer was impressed with how much I had read around the subject which provided me with confidence when he tried to test the upper limits of my knowledge of medicine. Nonetheless, I found it very interesting to speak to someone who had interests which are consistent with mine; rather than people’s usual response to when I want to talk about medicine of, “That sounds far too complicated for me”. My interviewer asked questions such as “Should everyone be forced to be vaccinated against flu?”, “What would you say are the two most crucial chemical metabolic processes in mammals?” and “Tell me all the stages that exist in the clinical trial for a new drug to be sold to the public”.
During the discussion session at the end of the interviews, the interviewers provided us with valuable advice on how to improve our interview techniques. My interviewer advised that I need to be more concise with my answers and that I should take a longer pause before I answer each question. Overall, this was an invaluable experience for all of the Oxbridge applicants that attended.
28 November 2014
Elliott Sharp (Medicine applicant)
Upper Sixth student