12 May 2020
By Tammy Whiteman

COVID-19: Preparing for your College Interview

The world has been pretty crazy these past few months with the spread of COVID-19, and the way we go about our day to day lives has changed drastically due to nationwide lockdown measures.

One of these changes includes the way that colleges will be interviewing prospective students. Ordinarily, you would be invited for an interview at the college, where you would meet a lecturer who would ask you a variety of questions to assess your suitability for their course. However, due to the ongoing need for social distancing, these interviews are now being held over the phone and we want to help you be prepared.

I have put together this vlog to prepare you for your college interview, with tips on preparation and the questions you might expect.

Remember, college interviews are designed to make sure that you’ve applied for the best course to suit your needs. You have no need to be nervous; the college will support you in whichever way they can.

Questions to Expect During your College Interview
  • What made you apply for this course?

  • How has your experience in education been to-date?

  • Where do you see this course taking you in the future?

  • What do you currently know about the course?

  • Have you been to any of our open events? – If yes, what do you remember? If not, why?

  • What are you most proud of in your life?

  • What do/did you like best about school? Why?

  • What do/did you like least about school? Why?

  • If we were to contact your teacher at school, how would they describe you – strengths and areas for development.

  • How do you think college will be the same / different to school?

  • What are your career aspirations?

  • Do you know the route you will need to take to achieve this aspiration?

  • How do you think we can help you achieve this?

  • Which part of the course most interests you and why is that?

"I would like further support with my college application"

We hope this vlog helps alleviate some of your concerns around your telephone interview. Many people, of varying ages, struggle with telephone calls – they can be daunting, but with the right preparation and guidance you’ll have nothing to worry about.

You can contact the college if you’re worried about your interview. You can also book an appointment to speak with our team at The Education People for guidance and information on your post-16 options and using our KentChoices website. 

Alternatively, you can contact us by telephone on 03000 419 174 or email ParticipateKent@theeducationpeople.org.