This page is part of the Christ's College, Cambridge current applicants section. It provides support for students invited for remote interviews.
We aim to interview most but not all applicants. This page has some general information about the interviews. The more specific information will be available nearer the time in the subject information for your course and the Stage 5 links.
- Why do we interview?
- What do the interviews involve?
- Other applicants and confidentiality
- Remote interview set-up
- Further information
Why do we interview?
The vast majority of those applying to Christ’s have achieved (or are predicted to achieve) top academic grades, and the interviews are therefore a helpful part of the process, along with all of the other elements that make up your application.
The interviews give us an opportunity to get to know you and to review and clarify your application. By talking to you about topics/questions relevant to your subject, the interviewers are able to see how you think and how you work, how you approach ideas and whether you can apply your knowledge to make relevant points, or solve problems. Interviews also give you the chance to raise any questions that you may have.
What do the remote interviews involve?
Any subject-specific information will be in the subject information as December approaches.
The interviews vary in content and length. Each candidate is normally seen for a total of between 35 and 50 minutes, though at Christ's we tend to split the time between two interviews. All interviews are academic in focus and subject-specific. We recommend that you watch the films on this page. The two films we particularly recommend are:
The aim of all the remote interviews is to give you a chance to show yourself in the best possible light, so try not to be too nervous. The interviewers are not looking to trick you, and they will not expect you to know all the answers, but they will want to see real enthusiasm for your subject and an ability to handle complex new ideas in a variety of contexts. And remember, they are assessing you and your academic potential, not your fashion sense or room layout.
Some of the remote interviews may include working through some problems or text and discussing the thought processes involved. Some interviewers require you to read a short passage just prior to the interview, your invitation will make this clear if this is the case, and there will be a page about pre-interview study in the current applicants page interviews section that explains how it will work. Please ensure that you make good use of the time allocated to study the text, and be prepared to make notes as you read.
If a College registered written assessment or other test in your particular subject is required for students invited for interview, this will be set out in the subject information, and further information about how you will sit the assessment remotely will be emailed to you nearer the time (after you have been invited for interview). No registration is needed for College registered written assessments (you only need to register if your assessment is "pre-registration required") and you will be able to take the assessment either at home or at school, depending on what works best for you.
Other applicants and confidentiality
You must be alone in the room where you have your interview(s), and please don't talk about your interviews online or with others at your school or in your community.
While it’s natural to want to discuss interviews, please bear in mind that each interview is tailored to the individual, so don’t worry if you think other candidates have been asked different questions to you. On the other hand, if you give someone else information about your interview, you might be giving them an unfair advantage. So please don't talk about your interviews. This also applies to any pre-interview reading, exercises or other elements that may be relevant for your subject.
This and further details are set out officially in the confidentiality statement.
Remote interview set-up
There will be information in your invitation to interview email and Stage 5 about how to set-up for the interview, and you will also be invited to attend an interview set-up webinar where we will go through it with you. Exact details vary a little from subject to subject, but in all cases you will be able to make a free account in the relevant software in advance so that you can practice with a friend or parent. Please try not to worry about questions of software and set-up before you have received an invitation to interview.
It is possible to have your interview at home or at school. Last year most candidates found it easier to have the interview at home, though if you have concerns about