Oxford University Interview Questions in United Kingdom

Updated Aug 17, 2015
22 Interview Reviews

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    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    One interview with the head of department, potential supervisor and other senior researchers in the department. interview lasted around 1 hour. gave a 10 minute presentation on my masters dissertation, followed by 15 minutes of Q&A. Then personality/fit questions, aspirations, visions, time and project management

    Interview Questions

    • Long term vision, research area of interest, describe your current research,   Answer Question
  2. Helpful (1)  

    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Oxford University.

    Interview

    Submission via UCAS website. It is necessary also to do complete some tests for the application. I was contacted for interviews with tutors at the college over Skype in December. I received my offer by the end of December that year.

    Interview Questions

    • Some brainteaser and math questions. Besides that general questions meant to test how you respond on the spot.   Answer Question
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    Chemistry Undergraduate Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Oxford University.

    Interview

    I had two interviews, each consisting of a professor and one other. Both of them lasted about 30 mins. Was asked mostly technical chemistry questions, such as drawing the mechanisms for some organic chemistry reactions. Was asked some basic A-level standard maths questions and asked what my favourite element was and why.

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    Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Oxford University (Oxford, England (UK)) in August 2014.

    Interview

    Applied online, was contacted for a short skype interview, was invited to an in person interview. During in person interview had to talk with all the senior lab members and give a presentation.

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a week. I interviewed at Oxford University (Oxford, England (UK)) in June 2014.

    Interview

    ask about courses taken, if you know basic knowledge, if you are interested in, if you have some similar experience. Nice people and it's not difficult if you prepared in advance. Just need to meet the skills requirement and show your interest.

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    MSC Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Interviewed.

    Interview Questions

  8. Helpful (1)  

    Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    I am a British Academy postdoc, which does not have an interview procedure. It is a two-step process of writing an application and providing a writing sample, on the basis of which a panel decides to give the award. Prior to applying, one must seek support of the prospective employer (Oxford)

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    Negotiation

    I could negotiate salary to be on the same grade, but higher scale point (made a difference of over £1000) based on my earlier experience. Negotiate!

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    Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Oxford University in February 2014.

    Interview

    One Skype interview from the United States. I was interviewed by a panel of six people that wanted to validate who I was and my ability to perform unique and creative research. I received a phone call a few days later informing me I had got the job.

    Interview Questions

    • Improving the current standard for research in Classics.   Answer Question
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    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took a week. I interviewed at Oxford University.

    Interview

    Offered job internally. One interview with group leader.

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    Salary on offer wasn't great. Chose industry instead.

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    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Had to network to get in touch with my doctoral supervisor. Didn't really have to go through a formal application procedure. Was asked a few questions related to my work during the masters and bachelors program, and related to research area I'd work in.

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