You need to be preparing early to ensure you get past the first stage of the acceptance process so you can get a shot an interview.
Eton College and Harrow School acceptance rates need to be taken into consideration if a candidate has their eyes set on these prestigious educational institutions and the senior school interviews play a major part in whether a student gets accepted.
Important considerations for a senior school interview
Interviews at senior schools such as Eton College and Harrow School are informal conversations NOT a rigorous test. The good news is that if a student has reached this stage, they have already proved themselves academically. The school in question knows that their ‘on paper’ abilities are strong. They now want to see prospective students of their school communicate articulately in what is essentially a casual setting. This is not something said to reassure parents or children – it is genuinely their approach.
This ‘interview’ is nothing to fear. Instead, it should be a source of excitement. It is an opportunity for students to discuss their interests and passions.
Below, I would like to discuss the three key areas of focus for a senior school interview.
These schools are looking for candidates who converse effectively. They want to see: confidence, clear speech and eye contact. Shyness, mumbling and looking at the floor will only stand in the way of success. The trick for students is to relax and talk with the same level of comfort with which they would address a friend or family member. Naturally, students should seek to impress but nervousness will only work against them.
No matter whether the question is related to sport, academia, people or personal interests, students are always being asked the same thing: what can you offer this school? They want to see enthusiasm for real interests. Passion is not feigning an encyclopedic knowledge of 16th-century German art. Once a student has identified what they are truly interested in, much of the battle has been won. In any walk of school life, these institutions want students to do great work when they apply themselves. The only way for them to do truly great work is to focus on the areas that they are passionate about.