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11+ Entrance Exam | How to Excel at Interview

What is the purpose of the interview?

The school are trying to build up a picture of your child. They are looking to for students who will fit well into their school and enjoy the extra curricula activities their school offer.

What schools are looking for in the interview?

Schools are looking for students to be themselves. They want to see students who are respectful and enthusiastic. Schools want to enrol students who have a natural enjoyment of learning. They are looking for characters who will add to school life by taking part in sports, drama or music. If your child has an specific interests or talents, it is important they share this during the interview.

How important is the interview?

Whilst the interview is an important part in the selection process, it is not the only element schools look at. Independent Schools make acceptance decisions based on a combination of factors which include: the 11+ exams, an interview, the report from previous school and extra-curricular activities.

What types of questions might they ask?

  • How would your friends describe you?

  • Do you have any siblings?

  • What do you like about your current school?

  • What subjects do you enjoy?

  • What do you find hard at school?

  • What book are you reading at the moment? Can you tell me about it?

  • Can you tell me about something interesting you have learnt recently?

  • Can you tell me why you want to join our school?

  • What are your hobbies outside of school?

  • What would you like to do when you are older?

How to prepare for the interview?

It is worthwhile to talk through some topics they may wish to discuss. However, it is important that they do not over prepare their answers. Schools are looking for responses to be given in an open and enthusiastic manner.

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