Oxford University Interview Questions in United Kingdom

Updated Feb 1, 2015
Updated Feb 1, 2015
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    Undergraduate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Oxford University in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied using the UK online application system, and wrote a personal statement for this. In retrospect I have been told that this should only be focussed on the chosen area of study. Had two interviews for taking biochemistry.

    Interview Questions
    • What happens to bacterial cells vs red blood cells when placed in water? Write and solve an equilibrium equation for the reaction between (two given chemicals). Do you think the high humidity in rainforests is good or bad for plants?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    there was none...
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Maths Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Oxford University in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    interview for maths asking lots of maths questions. 1 on 1 for 30 minutes there were 3 and they were of increasing difficulty. stayed in oxford for 3 days. had a good time. was fun, people should apply and stuff as it is good.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Chemistry Undergraduate Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Oxford University.

    Interview Details

    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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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Personal Assistant Position Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at Oxford University.

    Interview Details

    Received invitation to interview within 2 weeks of submitting my application through the online university system. There was more than enough time to study up on the department and the expected interview questions. The staff were very professional, polite, and friendly when I arrived for the interview. I met with the primary administrative person I would be reporting to as well as 2 of the 4 Professors I would be supporting in the PA position. all the questions were standard - why do you want the job, what do you think will be the most challenging aspect of this position, what would friends say are your strengths and weaknesses, who does your CV demonstrate your fit to this position, do you have experience updating webpages, do you have experience with Microsoft Office (particularly word and excel), etc.

    Interview Questions
    • Please tell us about a time when you had to involve a supervisor in order to complete an important task.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    DPhil Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    DPhil Student Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Oxford University in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    Applied to University on a charge of £50. That charge is a very useful filter to make only those apply that really think they've got the skills. Interview was in Biochemistry department in Oxford, 5 people in panel, listening to my 10 minutes presentation. 10 minutes question after that, some questions about my research, some personal questions.

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    MSC In Computer Science Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Oxford University in January 2009.

    Interview Details

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

    Interview Questions
    • how many words can you make from the letters of COMMITTEE?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    History Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Oxford University in January 2008.

    Interview Details

    I had two one on one interviews with faculty at the college, neither of which were intimidating. The professors asked a few standard questions - why Oriel, why history. They asked me to analyse a postcard of a suffregette walking through a hostile crowd, something for which I was not prepared. Perhaps brushing up on basic source analysis beforehand would be helpful/

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Wed and Database Developer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Oxford University in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    Normal interview questions, the building is a hidden from the main campus and about 3 miles from the city Centre.
    The interview had some strange questions about scripting when you normally do not memorize the scripts that you do a couple of months old.

    NOTE: This was the first employer that does not refunded the travel expenses, I had been in much more important interviews and I had my travel, hotel and even personal expenses reimbursed.

    Interview Questions
    • Please write a shell script that you had done in the last months   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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