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Interviews

It is envisaged that most interviews will take place between Friday 1st December 2017 and Thursday 14th December 2017. You should keep this period clear as we cannot be sure at this stage when specific subjects will be interviewing during this period. We will publish specific dates for each subject as soon as they become available, but this may not be until November.

Most applicants will have two interviews, although some subjects have more. One will be conducted by the Tutor for your chosen subject, and will be of a more general nature. You will also have at least one subject-specific interview conducted by at least one of the Teaching Fellows in that subject, usually the Director of Studies. Here the interviewer(s) will not be as interested in your capacity to recall facts from your courses, as in your ability to think on your feet and reason coherently and intelligently.

In the course of the interviews you will have the opportunity to ask questions of your own; for example concerning the University course (Tripos) or life in College. We will try to make the occasion relatively informal and hope that when it is all over you will be able to look back on your two interviews as discussions where you were given every encouragement to demonstrate your ability, your interests and your motivation towards your chosen subject. The important thing to remember is that your interviewers want you to do well, and will do their very best to help you get the most out of your interviews.

Information on interviews for each Tripos is available on the subject information pages.

Accommodation for candidates attending interviews

St John’s College has a limited number of single rooms available for candidates to use whilst attending their interviews. These rooms will be offered for one night only and be allocated on a priority basis by the College. Consideration is given to travel time, mobility requirements, and finance, as stated in a candidate's application.

Please note that accommodation is only offered to candidates, except those travelling with their registered carer. Guests or candidates who would like to stay in Cambridge but do not meet the above criteria may find this website useful when booking accommodation in Cambridge www.visitcambridge.org/accommodation