Oxford University Interview Questions in United Kingdom

Updated Sep 2, 2015
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    Undergraduate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Oxford University (Oxford, England (UK)) in October 2012.

    Interview

    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

    there was none...

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    PhD Student (Fully Funded) Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Oxford University (Oxford, England (UK)) in April 2012.

    Interview

    Slightly tough. Long term plans are important to prepare for before sitting for the interview. Likewise the rigor of your scientific research plan. During the interview I was asked numerous tough questions including ones pertaining to my academic experience, long and short term plans, future collaborations, research impact, choosing Oxford etc...

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    Maths Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Oxford University (Oxford, England (UK)) in February 2013.

    Interview

    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.

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    Library Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Oxford University (Oxford, England (UK)) in August 2015.

    Interview

    The whole process took around an hour. I was given a tour of the library, then asked to do a practical task involving the shelving and cataloguing of books. Prior library experience was not necessarily required for this as there was a sheet of instructions for you to follow. Finally, I had a half-hour interview with a panel of three, who read out questions from a script about each of the points in the job description. I was asked to give examples from past roles of times when I had fulfilled each criterion. Everyone I met was very friendly and I got the impression it was a pleasant and relaxed place to work in. The library were very generous in paying all my travel expenses, and even paid for me to stay in Oxford the night before and have a meal, as I had come from too far away to do a day trip.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time when you received good customer service. Now describe a time when you yourself gave good customer service.   Answer Question
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    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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    Research Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    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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    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Oxford University in January 2011.

    Interview

    Applied online and was interviewed by a panel of 7 investigators. The interview was over skype since I was overseas. British nationals who arrive on site are usually invited to tour the labs. The process was fairly straightforward. I started by making a 10 minute presentation about my undergraduate thesis, which was followed by whole bunch of technical questions, and some questions about my future plans.

    Interview Questions

    • Most of the questions were technical and related to my undergraduate work.   Answer Question
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    PhD Student Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    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
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    DPhil Student Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Oxford, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Oxford University (Oxford, England (UK)) in February 2011.

    Interview

    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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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee 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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