This information is for students applying to start university in September 2021. (Information for students applying for 2022 entry will be available in autumn 2021.)
We will be running interviews on the following dates:
- 13 January 2021
- 10 February 2021
- 12 March 2021
- 24 March 2021
- 28 April 2021.
Documents you must bring
You will be asked to provide ID at the start of your interview. Further information on what types of documents can be used is provided below.
Criteria we will use to assess your interview performance:
- Demonstrated interest in, suitability for, and commitment to the subject.
- Evidence of clear thinking and understanding, problem solving and analytical skills.
- Standard of spoken English; appropriateness of our course in relation to the applicant's declared interests and aspirations.
- Non-academic achievement and/or experience, or extracurriular interests, that indicate the likely contribution an applicant will make to the life of the University.
- Positions of responsibility held.
- Other relevant skills.
Responding to your interview invitation
You must respond to your interview invitation within two weeks of receiving your invitation by email. We will know you have responded if you:
- register to attend an event;
- add your details to the 'I cannot attend these dates' option;
- or contact our Events team to discuss options if neither of the above are appropriate.
If you have not responded to your invitation within two weeks, we will assume you no longer wish to pursue your application at Bristol, and your application will be made unsuccessful.
If you can't attend
If you can't come to your interview, please select 'cannot attend' on the registration form.
We only have certain dates available for interviews. We will do our best to offer you another slot, but cannot guarantee this. Please note that you must attend an interview as part of the selection process.
Preparing for your interview
This year's interviews will be hosted remotely, via the Zoom platform. The formal interview will last approximately 20 minutes, in a Structured Interview Format with two assessors.
Familiarise yourself with the Zoom platform
You will be able to join the session using your internet browser (we recommend Google Chrome). Alternatively, you may wish to download the software to your desktop and sign up for a free account in order to get to know the system before the interview. There are some helpful tutorials available here.
Check your internet speed in advance
Do an internet speed test to ensure yours will be at least 1.5Mbps/1.5Mbps (up/down) for high quality video. If you internet speed in your preferred location is lower than advised, your interview may be at risk of disruption, so we would advise choosing a new location such as a quiet room at your school or college.
We have prepared a template Interviewee support letter (PDF, 89kB) you might like to use to request interview space at your school or college. We suggest logging onto your Zoom invitation a few minutes prior to your interview start time so you can test your audio and video.
Positioning your camera
Please position yourself so you have a neutral background. Ensure you are well-lit – sitting with a window in front of you is ideal. Try to avoid sitting with a window directly behind you. You may find that using a set of headphones is useful to reduce the amount of background noise and improve your overall sound quality.
What to wear
Wear something smart, but comfortable. Please avoid patterned clothes as these can make visibility difficult on screen.
You must bring photo ID with you to your interview. We will just need to see it when you join the interview to verify that you are the candidate we have invited. If you do not have photo ID, you will not be allowed to take part in the interview.
Examples of suitable photo ID include (but are not limited to):
- Driving licence or provisional driving licence
- College photo card
- NUS photo card.
On the day
Please set up your computer in plenty of time and join the Zoom link at least five minutes before your interview start time. One of your assessors will admit you when they are ready to begin.
The interview will start with some internet connection and sound checks, followed by your ID check.
Please make sure you have set up in a quiet room, and have informed anyone you live with not to disturb you during the interview. This includes anyone using streaming services or other activities that could impede your internet connection.
Once the interview has finished, the assessors will let you know, and the call will be ended promptly. No feedback will be given at this stage.
If there are any problems with the connection during the interview, you will not be penalised. We will make every effort to get back in contact with you to continue the interview. If we cannot overcome these problems at the time, the interview may need to be rescheduled to a later date.
After the interview
We aim to contact you with the outcome of your interview within two weeks. In some cases, this decision may take a little longer. We will endeavour to update you as soon as we can via email.
Please note that while you will likely hear from us within this time period, it is unlikely we will offer you a place on the course until after all of our interviews are completed, therefore you may be placed on hold for several months before you hear our final decision. Please be reassured that we will get in touch with you with a decision as soon as we can; this process simply makes sure all applicants are considered fairly.
Extra time for interviews
Sufficient time is built into our interview design so that extra time is not required.
Support for disability
If you have a disability, we trust you have taken it into consideration before you apply and that you firmly believe you will be able to perform all of the tasks and responsibilities the course requires.
To discuss your disability in advance, you can email email@example.com.