Oxbridge interviews will commence soon! In addition to general questions such as "what are your strengths and weaknesses?" and "Why do you wish to apply for this subject at our school? ", the interviewers will ask a variety of subject-specific questions during the interview. To help our mentees prepare, we will list some sample interview questions and provide tips for a variety of subjects, and hope you find them useful.
𝙎𝙖𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙀𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙤𝙢𝙞𝙘𝙨 𝙌𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 1. Is economics an art or a science? 2. Is the assumption of rational behaviour in the study of economics realistic? 3. Summarise Economics into one word. 4. If a Martian drops money across the country, does inflation go up? 5. Would it be feasible to have an economy entirely based on the service sector？ 6. Are economics models too abstract to be valuable in practice?
𝑯𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒐 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒆 In addition to preparing for maths-related questions, we recommend that applicants do a lot of extra-curricular reading, such as reading books by Nobel Laureates in Economic Science and other economists to familiarise themselves with their theories; reading magazines and websites, such as The Economist, to stay abreast of current events and expert analysis and opinion, and jot down reading notes and your own insights. This not only indicates your passion and knowledge of the subject but also your ability to learn and think independently.
𝙎𝙖𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙚 𝙈𝙖𝙣𝙖𝙜𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩 𝙌𝙪𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙨 1. What makes a good leader? 2. How might a firm choose between mutually exclusive opportunities? 3. Why do organisations exist? 4. What would you do to overcome the language and cultural difficulties after merger? 5. Consider a production line. What could be done to help the worker to get away from the routine? 6. What is the biggest problem facing CEO’s？
𝑯𝒐𝒘 𝒕𝒐 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒆 We recommend that applicants thoroughly research the modules and features of the subject at the universities to which they are applying, and try to fit their own experience into it. In addition, to understand the real business world and leaders’ mindset, we recommend reading the latest business news and analysis, such as the Harvard Business Review, as well as biographies of prominent executives and listening to relevant podcasts.