Since 2020, Cambridge has embraced virtual interviews as a means to maintain safety and make interviews more fair and accessible for all applicants.
The online interviews are used in the same way as in-person interviews and they still have the same aims and content as usual Cambridge interviews. Cambridge have said that all students will receive an invitation that explains how the online interview works such as how their conference platform will be used to host their interviews.
Preparation for the questions will be pretty much the same as the usual in-person interviews but preparation for using an online platform is needed. Read on for our Cambridge online interview advice on how to prepare effectively.
2023 Cambridge Interview Update
Before we continue, an announcement regarding Cambridge interviews has recently been made that is important to know.
In 2023, certain Cambridge colleges will be holding in-person interviews for applicants within the UK::
Applicants for any subject at these colleges will be attending interviews at the college buildings in Cambridge. Applicants from all other colleges and applicants outside of the UK will have virtual interviews in the standard format.
At Oxford, all applicants will still be attending virtual interviews, with virtual interviews apparently being confirmed for the next five years according to tutors we spoke with at the 2023 Oxford Open Day. Discover more differences between Oxford and Cambridge interviews in our dedicated guide.
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Cambridge Online Interviews Preparation and Setup
To partake in the online interviews, Cambridge suggests that you may need access to certain technology and resources, this will of course vary depending on the degree you are interviewing for.
Cambridge suggest the following setup information:
Test all of your technology out a week or two before to make sure it all works to give you ample time to purchase or borrow another webcam. Test it all again the day before and on the day, do not take any chances with technology. As mention above, testing out your technology and identifying what you are missing will also give you plenty of time to contact the College admission office.
Internet Connection Tip:
If you lose internet connection during your interview then don’t stress. Try to reconnect but if it really does not want to work then immediately contact the College’s admissions office. Keep your phone near you on silent with the College’s admissions office contact details written down or saved.
Aside from setting up technology, the most important preparation is for the Cambridge interview questions.
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