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How to ace your Sixth Form Interview

The Bedford Sixth Form Reception

So you’ve got an interview…

If you’ve applied for a place at The Bedford Sixth Form, you will soon be sent a date for an interview. It’s not as scary as it sounds – in fact it’s a great opportunity for you, and us, to make sure you’re on the right course so you can make the most of your time here at Sixth Form once you get started.
While there are lots of helpful hints and tips online, we thought it would be good to share some interview tips in this blog.

If you have any specific questions about your interview, please feel free to get in touch with us and one of the team will be able to help you.

Useful advice
Getting prepared
  • Preparation is key for any interview. You will be sent a date and time for your interview – make sure you make a note of it straight away and set a reminder on your phone for a couple of days before.
  • Review the curriculum presentation link if one was included in your interview invite.
  • Prepare answers to any of the questions we may have asked you to think about before your interview.
  • If you are unsure of the date and time of your appointment, you can double check the details on your online portal. Or if the date and time of the interview is not convenient, please get in touch with us and we can rearrange it for you.
Top tips
  • Arrive early  this means you’ll feel more confident and less stressed than if you’re rushing to get here.
  • Eat and drink – try and make sure you have something to eat an hour or two before the interview to prevent your stomach rumbling and have a drink of water beforehand. It will help to refresh your mind and improve your focus.
  • Dress code – Dress casually, but smartly – this will help with your confidence and put you in the right mind space.
Practice makes perfect

A practice run with a friend or family member is a really good idea.

The questions below are some common questions asked at sixth form interviews. You might not be asked these exact questions at your interview, but they’re a good starting point to help you prepare. Why not send them to a family member and ask them to pretend to be the interviewer?

Remember, practice makes perfect and they’ll probably be able to give you some useful feedback too.

Why have you chosen this course? – This is the perfect opportunity to show your enthusiasm and understanding of the course.

What are you hoping to gain from the course? – This enables the tutor to understand your expectations. Your education is our number one priority, so we want to ensure it is the most appropriate course for fulfilling your aspirations.

What would you like to do after your course?Consider where you would like the course to take you. How will this course help you achieve your goals? Not everyone knows what they want to do, and that’s ok – the course might be a stepping stone to something else, or it may help you decide on a career – there is no right answer.

What do you think your strengths and weaknesses are? – This may seem like a tricky question, as it feels more comfortable to share your strengths over your weaknesses, but we all have them, no one is perfect. Your strengths might be your self-awareness, that you are hardworking and passionate. However your weakness may well be that you are a bit of a perfectionist, as you sometimes spend too much time trying to make an assignment perfect rather than having the confidence to send it off.

Do you have any questions for me? – Asking questions is your chance to get as much information that you need to make sure this is the right course for you. If there is anything you are unsure of, this is the perfect opportunity to ask.

Be yourself

Try not to get too stressed about the interview.

Think of it as a discussion with the tutor rather than a test. Although it is important for us to guide you towards the right course, it’s just as important for you to ensure that the course suits your expectations.

Talk to the tutor about the things you like, your hobbies and what your future plans are – and feel free to ask as many questions as you like. We’re here to support you. Good luck!

Some comments from our interviewees:

“Every person that I have spoken to has been absolutely lovely. I was very anxious and they made me feel very comfortable speaking to them.”

“The interview was very straight forward and I was treated as if I was already a student with the amount of respect I was given. Thank you.”

“It was well organised and was constructed well so that everybody knew what was happening and what was going to happen next also it was a very positive experience and that was helped by the energy of the interviewer”.

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