Interviews

Interviews

If you are shortlisted to interview for a Chevening Scholarship, you will be invited to attend an interview in the city/town where the British embassy or high commission has a representation.

Whilst you might naturally feel nervous in advance of the interview, do remember that to have made it to the interview stage is a huge achievement and it means that you are already one of the strongest candidates. An interview is a great opportunity to really demonstrate why you should be selected for a scholarship and why you should join the Chevening community.

The global interview period for 2020/2021 Chevening Scholarships will run from 2 March to 1 May 2020, so do ensure you’ll be available for an interview during that period.

Booking your interview

You will receive an email with instructions on how to book your interview. Interview slots are available on a first-come-first-served basis, so we suggest that you book your slot as soon as possible. Once you have scheduled your interview, you will receive a booking confirmation email and your slot cannot be changed.

You are required to attend a face-to-face interview in the country/territory to which you have applied. You must be prepared to travel to the interview in the first instance.

Only in exceptional circumstances are Skype interviews permitted. This is where security restrictions prevent an applicant from travelling to the country/territory to which they applied, or where there is no British embassy or high commission in the country/territory. Such instances are considered on a case-by-case basis and a decision is made following consultation with the British embassy or high commission. Applicants will be informed in their invitation email if their interview can be conducted via Skype.

Before your interview

Prior to attending your interview, and by 25 February 2020, you will be asked to upload the following documents to the online application system:

  • Education documents (copies of your certificates and/or transcripts).
  • Two reference letters.
  • A short biography that tells us more about you.

Preparing for your interview

You will need the following documents to take to your interview:

  • Passport/national ID.

Additional documents may be requested in some countries. You will be informed about this in the email inviting you to interview.

The Chevening interview

The interview will be a competency-based panel assessment conducted in English.

The interview panel will include representatives from the British embassy or high commission, who will use the global Chevening criteria to assess your answers.

You will be asked a series of questions discussing some of the information you provided in the application form. The panel will ask questions that will enable you to explain your personal and professional aspirations, and how Chevening can facilitate your achievement of these goals. Your course choices will also be discussed and you will be asked to provide an update on your applications.

What should you expect after your interview?

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their interview after the global interview period, around early to mid-June 2020. Please do not contact your local British embassy or high commission as updates on the status of your application cannot be provided earlier.

You should not wait for the outcome of your interview to apply for your university courses, you should apply for all three courses as early as possible. Any unconditional offers received should be uploaded to the online application system as soon as possible. Additionally, if you need to take a test to meet the Chevening English language requirement we advise you to do this as soon as possible.

Further guidance

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