School & University Interviews – Prepare to Succeed

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Competition for places at British private schools and universities is increasing. It is essential for applicants to perform to the best of their ability during the interview.

Fortis Consulting London has a wealth of experience in working with children and young people to prepare them for their interviews. We are able to assist international and UK based applicants. Angela Harwood leads in this area, with input from David Stringer-Lamarre who engages with many universities.

One to one coaching sessions work best, though we are happy to work with small groups.

Parents and/or responsible adults may of course be present.

There are three key areas:

  • What to expect
  • How to prepare
  • How to behave in the interview

Inputs

One Day Session

  • Finding out information beforehand about what to expect
  • Various interview styles
  • Understanding people in the UK
  • American versus British English
  • Understanding colloquial English
  • Correct pronunciation of British English
  • Using the correct words
  • Deportment and creating your image
  • Body language and gestures
  • Entering and leaving the interview room
  • Standing and sitting with composure
  • Dressing for success – how to look smart and dress well
  • General grooming
  • Body language – non-verbal conversation
  • The art of making ‘Small Talk’ at the start of the interview
  • Interview techniques and how to succeed
  • How to present and defend an idea
  • Asking questions in the interview
  • How to end an interview politely

Half Day Session

  • Finding out information beforehand about what to expect
  • Various interview styles
  • Understanding people in the UK
  • Using the correct words
  • Deportment and creating your image
  • Entering and leaving interview room
  • Standing and sitting with composure
  • Body language – non-verbal conversation
  • The art of making ‘Small Talk’ at the start of the interview
  • Interview techniques and how to succeed
  • Asking questions in the interview
  • How to end an interview politely

Optional Session

How to give Effective Presentations – understanding your objective, preparation, structuring the talk and performance (how to use vocal skills and body language to deliver the speech with confidence).