Interviews the introvert's way


Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
School: School of Creative Industries
Course: BA (Hons) Drama and English Literature
Category: Music and performing arts

22 November 2019

Usually the idea of an interview or an audition is an exciting prospect. It marks the beginning of a new opportunity. However, it's also nerve-wracking, especially if you are (like me) shy by nature. So how did I prepare?

I hadn’t really had much experience with interviews before, especially on my own. So, when I got an interview for ARU and my mum told me that she couldn’t come with me I wanted to burst into tears. I was so scared of something going utterly wrong – but I knew that this was the place I wanted to study and I didn’t want my fear, or shyness to hold me back from those goals.

The interview day came, and I remember shaking so badly before I got called in. But the moment my interviewer started talking to me, I was so in my element that I completely forgot my nerves and my shyness, and I shone!

I ended up getting an unconditional offer to study my chosen course.

Of course, there was a bit of preparation needed before the actual day. It’s important to be prepared so that you can give the best that you can and make a good impression.

These are a few simple tips that I use to get ready for an interview (or any big event).

A few days before

1. Stake out your venue!

It’s always a good idea to get a sense of where you’re going. Plan your journey online, make sure you know how long it will take you to get to your destination so you can get there with plenty of time to spare. Don’t forget to take into consideration potential delays.

2. Ask for advice

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Ask a teacher, parent, sibling or friend for advice. Asking for advice from someone who has been in your shoes is a great way to get comfort and reassurance, especially if you're unsure about things. They can provide helpful insights and tips, and help to ease your mind.

3. Plan, plan, plan ahead

Perhaps it's small details like an outfit or hair, or something bigger like questions that may come up at interview. Make sure that you prepare as much as you can so that you feel confident in what you are doing.

One of the things that made a huge difference for me was having a teacher who helped coach me on how to answer questions effectively, as well as creating a presence for myself (which is very important in my course!).

On the day

1. Have some moral support

There’s no shame in bringing along a buddy or parent for moral support. Even if you can’t bring someone along with you, you can always call or message a friend for support.

After my interview the first thing I did was ring my mum!

2. Just be you

An interview is all about wanting to see who you are, there aren't many ways that you can go ‘wrong’. As cheesy as it sounds, just have faith in yourself because if you are passionate about what you want to study, that will come through in your interview.

After it's over

1. Take time to relax

Don’t stress! The hard part is over, so take time to recharge and unwind from all the excitement.

Depending which course you're applying for, we may invite you to an interview or audition. You'll find loads of useful information to help you prepare: our interview information page is a good place to start.


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