How can you prepare for the Cambridge MML interview?
Oxbridge interviews, as with any interview, can often be a daunting experience. You want to prove to the interviewer at your Cambridge MML interview that you are the ideal candidate and that you have everything that they are looking for in the limited interview time you have available.
Here are some top tips to make sure that you are at your best on the day of the interview and that you do yourself proud.
1. Preparation for the Interview
Firstly, you need to take all the necessary steps to ensure you’re well-prepared for the interview. Look over your personal statement during the final days or weeks leading up to the interview to refresh your memory about what material you have read and which books or films you have looked at. Re-read the SAQ (specific application form sent to applicants by Cambridge University) to remember any extra information you may have written down about what you have read or learned in case you would like to mention this during the interview.
2. Be Organised Ahead of the Interview
Find out where and when you need to arrive for your interviews and admissions tests. Aim to arrive around five minutes early at your destination to familiarise yourself and to avoid last-minute nerves or stress. If you are unsure about where to go, there will be student interview guides available to help direct you and to take you to your interviews and tests. The college porters will also be on hand to help you and there may be college maps in the college’s porter’s lodge.
3. Show your Curiosity for Modern Languages
The interview is about finding out why you want to study languages and why you are interested in the course offered. It is also a chance for you to get to know the interviewer, who may in fact teach you for part of your degree course. This is your chance to show the interviewer what you know and you have learned for your subject, and what you love about it, no matter how unimportant you may feel it is. If you are applying for Russian and love obscure Russian pop music, say so, or equally, if you are applying for Spanish and enjoy the poetry of Miguel Unamuno, let the interviewer know. Show the interviewer that you are open to new ideas and willing to discuss topics that you may not have
4. Keep Calm and Answer Questions like a Pro
The interview may seem like the be-all and end-all for anyone struggling to think of a quick, impressive response to a particularly difficult question or exercise, but the experience will be far more painless and even enjoyable if you remain calm. Don’t hesitate to ask the interviewers to repeat or rephrase a question, or even to explain what they mean if you are unsure. If you are asked a question, whether it is about a specific grammar point in the languages you are applying for or a question about a new topic that you have never studied before, try not to panic. The interviewers don’t expect perfection or for you to always necessarily come out with correct answers all of the time – it is best to look at the interview as a learning experience and a way for you to get to know the interviewers and the university as much as they want to get to know you. They want to use the interview to get to know you and to find out about your interests just as much as you want to show them how much you know. It will be far easier to demonstrate your knowledge if you are composed and try to order your thoughts, even if you feel that you are taking a long time to think through your answers.
Good Luck for your interview!
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