My Interview Experiences

I will document my interview experience with all the universities within this post, so it will be updated after I’ve completed each one.

I was very nervous before my interview with East London, mainly because I have never been to an interview before, not even close to a mock one either. However it was not scary at all, and I surprisingly enjoyed and found it exciting because at the end of the day, I am just talking about my work.

University of East London asked:

  • Did you attend with anyone else today?
  • Where are you currently studying?
  • Is blogging something required or asked of you for your foundation year?
  • How has the blog helped you?
  • Explain your first sheet (and then we discussed every single one of my sheets)
  • Why did you choose the topic of anorexia?
  • We discussed my weaknesses and strengths
  • In the future, do you see your textiles to be fashion-based?
  • Do you have any questions for me?

She loved the anorexia project most, the weaving project and the drawing of my experimental jewellery model-making. She thought the final garment for the anorexia project was so clever, and that she cannot wait to see it being made. She could clearly tell I love being experimental!

What I learnt:

  • Constantly maintain eye contact!
  • Use expressive hand gestures, be involved in pointing and gesturing to parts of the sheets you are discussing
  • Ask them questions
  • Be yourself
  • Talk a lot, avoid awkward silences, be attentive and honest
  • Be confident in talking about your weaknessesas well as your strengths

Overall, the interview felt successful, and gave me much more confidence for the next.

It took about 2.5 hours by car to reach Nottingham Trent. I have never been here before, so I went on the tour after we had a group Q & A about the course. Then, it was my interview time at 3.40.

Trent asked:

  • Why Nottingham Trent?
  • How did you hear about us?
  • Where do you get your ideas?
  • What are your strengths/weaknesses?
  • What is your dream career?
  • Are you inspired by other people’s work?

The lady examined my portfolio for 10 minutes before calling me into interview. She also mentioned that she saw potential for fashion knitwear.

What I learnt:

  • I forgot to keep maintaining eye contact!
  • Research a little more on my favourite artist because I lost my words a bit at that part

Brighton was a 1.5 hour drive. It was my first time seeing the Grand Parade campus, and the building seemed quite old. The facilities are very good, and there was an art shop and a yarn shop right next to the studios. I was interviewed by a tutor and a third-year student who examined my portfolio beforehand.

Brighton asked:

  • Why Brighton?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • How do you start your projects?
  • Do you have any questions for me?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

What I learnt:

  • There were two people interviewing, the student and tutor, so I should divide my eye contact between them.
  • Not to be nervous when questioned further, and to not jumble my words
  • Emphasise the drawing aspect most when discussing about research for a new project

Chelsea UAL is my second choice, and it is located opposite Tate Britain, in South West London, which is a beautiful area. I had a tour of the textiles facilities for the first time, and I am very impressed with the room sizes and the technical facilities. The studio space is not cramped, and not stuffy too which I found in Brighton slightly.

Chelsea asked: (and I knew these beforehand by talking to Bea, but also we were told before arriving for our interview slots)

  • Why did you choose Textiles, and why at Chelsea?
  • Talk me through one of your projects.
  • What/ Who inspires you?

What I learnt:

Chelsea seemed happy to know I was on the Brookes foundation course. She asked how it was going for me, and a little about the course structure actually. She wondered if it was a very fashion based Textiles pathway here, which I answered no, because our briefs offer diversity in outcomes. She also asked if I saw other potential outcomes being developed from my anorexia project, and I responded yes, with a line up of garments or just simply an object to reflect the concept.

Central Saint Martins is very close to my house, it is only 2 tube stops away! I was very familiar with the building as I have had projects there in the past, and so I didn’t get lost when finding the interview room again thankfully! After reviewing my portfolio, two tutors were waiting to speak to me.

CSM asked:

  • Where are you currently doing your foundation course?
  • Have you always known that Textiles was something you wanted to study?
  • Why CSM?
  • What are your strengths/ weaknesses?
  • Tell me more about your trip to Copenhagen.

By this time, I felt a lot more confident in speaking, as it is my final interview, and although I may have stumbled in some words due to nervousness, I felt like it was just a calm, discussion/ talk overall. I found out more about the potential placement year too, which I’m very excited about! Since CSM spends more time in specialising in each pathway, this has made me decide to choose it over Chelsea. I have a chance to specialise in 2 pathways too, (I can foresee it being weave and knit!) and then 1 at the end of second year. I will hopefully hear back within 10 days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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