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Oxford University Interview Questions & Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated Jun 9, 2014
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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

DPhil Student Interview

DPhil Student
Oxford, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Oxford University in March 2013.

Interview Details – I had one skype interview after I submitted two or three references, transcript, CV, one letter about me and completed one form. The first interesting thing is that they do not require master, it suffices bachelor. The interview was quite informal, they do not ask math questions, but rather which subjects I attended and what I did in bachelor thesis. They was impressed by amount of subjects I did.

Interview Question – How do I plan gain money, because in March they do not have any money for me. All grants are in January.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

MSC Student Interview

MSC Student

Interviewed at Oxford University

Interview Details – Interviewed.

Interview Question – Microeconomics   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Postdoctoral Fellow Interview

Postdoctoral Fellow

Interviewed at Oxford University

Interview Details – 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)

Interview Question – This does not apply, as there was no interview   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – 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!


Declined Offer

Neutral Experience

Very Easy Interview

Postdoctoral Researcher Interview

Postdoctoral Researcher

I applied in-person and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Oxford University.

Interview Details – Offered job internally. One interview with group leader.

Interview Question – Not difficult   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Salary on offer wasn't great. Chose industry instead.


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

PhD Student Interview

PhD Student

Interviewed at Oxford University

Interview Details – 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.

Interview Question – Some tricky questions related to my research area.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Postdoctoral Research Associate Interview

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Oxford, England (UK)

I applied in-person and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Oxford University in April 2010.

Interview Details – A very fast process (~1month) as I had gone directly through the research group leader. There were no problems with processing any paper work and the grant from my funding body came into effect the day I started.

Interview Question – I was asked what I wanted to do after my postdoc   View Answer


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Database Administrator Interview

Database Administrator
Oxford, England (UK)

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Oxford University in November 2010.

Interview Details – Phone interview, online test, 1 to 1 interview, Skills based test testing your foreign language skills.

Interview Question – Translation of passages in French and German into English   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No room for negotiation as it was a contract position.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

PhD Student Interview

PhD Student
Oxford, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Oxford University in November 2008.

Interview Details – You send a CV and Cover Letter, they call you back and invite to arrive to Oxford for the interview.

Interview Question – They give you a scientific paper to read and ask question about the date published.   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

MSC In Computer Science Interview

MSC In Computer Science
Oxford, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Oxford University in January 2009.

Interview Details – it was a 75 minute interview based on three mathematical questions.

Interview Question – how many words can you make from the letters of COMMITTEE?   Answer Question

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