How to crack Credibility Interview for UK Universities – Useful tips and strategies by Careers N’ Options
Studying overseas is a big commitment, and the university wants to ascertain that you have done your due research before arriving at the final decision. This credibility interview will also help you prepare for your visa interview. Careers N’ Options team helps students with application to UK universities and also with their credibility interview preparations. Ms. Komal Kharal, Manager Ops – Careers N Options Services Pvt. Ltd. says “ the students’ best interest is at our heart and students successes are our success.”
Students applying to study in the United Kingdom (UK) from a high-risk country, will have to participate in a UK credibility interview. The credibility interview is an integral part of the university’s decision to issue a Confirmation of Acceptance to Study (CAS) letter, which will be mandatory to apply for a visa.
For some students it can seem intimidating, here are few tips on how you can prepare for the UK credibility interview and advance to next level by Careers N’ Options team :
Understanding Credibility Interview Format
The UK credibility interview is about 30-minute one-on-one interview between you and a representative from the university admissions office. Depending on COVID restrictions, it could be either over the phone or a video platform, such as Google Meet, Skype , Zoom, etc.
Your university or consultant will tell you in advance how they would conduct the credibility interview of yours. The credibility interview also allows the university to gauge your communication, motivation and other interpersonal skills. You should answer clearly and concisely, however, please not rush your responses.
What does the UK University wish to know?
Generally, the university wants to know more about you:
a. Reasons for choosing to study in the UK and choosing that particular university
b. Immigration history in the UK and other countries
c. Education history, future plans for study and post-study
When will the Credibility Interview take place?
The university’s admissions office will reach out to schedule an interview under the following conditions:
A. After issuing a conditional offer letter
B. 3 to 6 months before the course start date, based on the university’s discretion
How to Prepare
Below are a few tips that will help you ace the UK credibility interview:
· Avoid Generic Answers
Please make sure you speak specifically about the course and how it aligns with your goals.
· Program Content
Your answers should demonstrate your knowledge/understanding of the program’s content, especially course modules.
· Communicate Motivation for the course
Strongly demonstrate your motivation for enrolling in the course and how it will benefit you in future success. Think like a job interview, and establish a 3 – 5 year career plan, which must include pursuing a career in your home country.
· Avoid Discussing Dual Intentions
Although the UK offers 2 years post-study satay back visa, avoid discussing any plans for living and working in the UK after you graduate. This may create contradictions to your earlier statements provided to the university and your intentions may not appear genuine.
· Know Your Responsibilities as a UK Student Visa Holder
You should review your responsibilities as a Tier 4 visa holder before the interview. This information can be found on the UK Council of International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.
· Explain your financial support
It’s important to inform to how you will support yourself financially while studying in the UK. You should know thoroughly the amount you will require each year and the cost of your accommodations along with other living expenses. If a family member/parents are to support you in your higher education in the UK, know how they earn a living and their yearly income as well Students are legally allowed to work a part-time job under a Tier 4 visa, you should not be relying on a part-time job for your maintenance funds.
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