The Interview

Well done on receiving an invitation to interview.  You will probably feel a bit anxious about what to expect and we've tried to cover all the information you'll need in the document 'Essential Information' (at the bottom of the page).  Please read it carefully so you'll arrive at your interview in plenty of time and (hopefully!) relaxed.  It's also a good idea to re-read your UCAS personal statement before you come to interview so that it's fresh in your mind.  The most important part to remember is to go to the Porters' Lodge to register on the day of your interview (even if you have stayed in College the night before).  Only there will you be told of any changes to your interview schedule (we might have to move your interview room or adjust a time or replace an interviewer unexpectedly).


Most of our interviews take place in the two weeks after the end of our first term - this is typically the first two weeks in December but we may also conduct interviews in the last week of November. Candidates should check their availability at this time before applying. Interviews are not arranged until after the application closing date - 15 October. 

How do interviews work?

All candidates are seen by at least two Cambridge academics. Interviews are informal; we do not expect you to wear your Sunday best. We try to make the interviews as relaxed as possible, so if you have any questions or problems do let us know in advance and we will do our best to help. All in all our interviews are designed to find out what you know, not what you don't. The interviewers want to see how you think on your feet, and where your interests and enthusiasms lie, especially in terms of commitment to the course you are applying for.  There are links to some interview videos on the menu to the right of this page, including both official University videos, and some by a current Queens' student.