Chevening interview: what questions might be asked?

Now that you've read about how to prepare for the Chevening interview, I decided to share the list of questions I used to prepare for the interview, essential for you to start your own organizing process.

This step before the interview is very important! See what fellow Vivian has to say about it:

“The interview was a big challenge for me. I was very insecure about my English and also about the questions they would ask. My first tip is to prepare answers to all possible questions. You need to be very confident about your short-term and long-term goals, the universities you chose, have examples of how you used your networking and your leadership skills. Also, think a good short presentation about yourself! Nothing replaces deep reflection on the topics of the interview and training. Lots of training. This will ensure safety and tranquility in the interview! But above all, demonstrate your passion for your field of study. They really want to see your eyes shine!” – Vivian Rubia, Chevening Scholar (Social Entrepreneurship – Goldsmiths University of London).

Renan also emphasizes the importance of preparation: “One of the main tips for those selected for the Chevening interview is to train as much as possible. Simple techniques, like even talking to yourself in the mirror, are valid and help to develop the much-desired self-confidence for an interview of about 40 minutes in English. Another tip is: train with a friend or someone who can read your application and interview you in English. I did this over and over again during my free time and it helped me a lot to go into the Chevening interview more prepared.” Renan de Souza, Chevening Scholar (International Relations, Goldsmiths University of London).

But after all, what questions can be asked in the interview? I made a list with some of them, divided by themes. Check out:

Leadership:

  • What are the main characteristics of a leader?
  • What does leadership mean to you?
  • Talk about a leader you admire.
  • Give an example of when you demonstrated your leadership potential.

Networking:

  • What does networking mean to you?
  • How do you develop and maintain your networking?
  • Give an example of a situation in which the networking you built was beneficial to you.
  • Give an example of a situation where the networking you built helped others.
  • How will the networking you build in the UK help you with your career path?

Career path:

  • What is your career path and how is the UK connected to your goals?
  • What do you plan to do when you return to Brazil after your master's degree?
  • How will the master's degree help you achieve your professional goals?

Your decision:

  • Why did you decide to study in the UK?
  • How will the chosen course contribute to your career plan?
  • Why did you choose this course?
  • Why did you choose this university?

Chevening:

  • Why did you decide to apply for the Chevening Scholarship and not another?
  • How will you contribute to strengthening Chevening when you return to Brazil?
  • How will the UK benefit from choosing you as a Chevening Fellow?

Oh, and don't forget that it's essential that you always practice for the interview in English. Finally, it is important to remember that this list is just a starting point: you can (and should) prepare yourself with other questions.

I hope this post is useful for you! Get ready and good luck.

Taís Fernanda Blauth is a lawyer, from Rio Grande do Sul and passionate about British culture. He is studying for a Masters in Politics and International Relations at Durham University with the Chevening Scholarship.

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