date: 9 May
The panel will be looking for students with enthusiasm, robustness of intellect, a willingness to engage and an appropriate humility that comes from an awareness that nothing is ever really simple.
Candidates will be asked about their work: why it excites them; what they know about the broader field of which it is part; why it is important; why coming to Cambridge will help them with their research or build on their earlier educational experiences. Also, do they understand that higher education brings privilege and opens opportunity for the future; what do they intend to do with the benefits they’ve had; how do they see themselves contributing to the wider society and world in time. Candidates may also be asked questions of a probing intellectual or ethical dimension, to which there are no ‘right’ answers.
You should remember this is a very tough competition and you have done extremely well to have got as far as you have. The last part is still very tough, but there is nothing you can do now except relax and enjoy your interview, which will be conducted in a friendly way, and also to take some time meet the other candidates who have been shortlisted.
“relax and enjoy your interview”? excuse me while I crumble into a quivering heap of anxiety