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Q: Phone Interview

Asked by Lilac

Hello Emma!
i found your portfolio tips extremely useful! so thank you so much.
Also, a few days ago i got an e-mail that the university is inviting for a phone interview on march 19th! sooo, it is my first time to do such a thig .. i was wondering if you have any reccomendations .. should i prepare for anything, will there be any particular questions that are commonly asked? and should my answers be briefe or is it the other way arround?
i would appriciate if you cd reply before 19th !
thanks again!

A: Answer from Student Ambassador Emma

Answered on 19 Mar 2012 by Emma

Student Ambassador Emma

Hi Lilac

I'm really glad you found those tips useful! Also I'm excited for you getting a phone interview, well done you must have impressed them with your portfolio!

I suppose a phone interview is not to different from a face to face interview but the interview is really a chance for a tutor to get to know more about you as a person and artist. They may ask some questions about what you showed in your portfolio so ideally keep it nearby so if they do ask you can flick through it to refresh your memory. Also if you had to submit a personal statement keep a copy of that near you too, there is a possibility they could ask you something you may have written about yourself. Off the top of my head I'm trying to remember what questions I was asked at mine, here's just a few examples:

  • What exhibitions have you recently been too?
  • Choice of medium? (for me it was sculpture so why I used those materials)
  • What inspires you?
  • Sum up your practise

Those were a few things I remember being asked but that was about 3 years ago but some of the areas are still the same, I think they want to hear about your interests and passions in art also a level of commitment. You don't have to be perfect in any way they always look for the potential to create an artist so don't worry about trying to be too professional.

At this point they'll be interested in you rather than your work so just be confident to talk about yourself and most importantly just be yourself. If you're nervous that's a good thing as it just shows that you care about what you're doing but the tutors are really relaxed and that generally sets a good mood. I would be really worried if I meet someone who wasn't nervous about an interview!

I really hope you see this before your phone interview and I wish you all the best of luck. Let me know how it goes today! I would love to hear how you've got on.


About Emma

Course: MA Media & Communications
Level: Postgraduate
Hometown: Reading

Other information: I deferred my place and took a gap year before starting at Kingston for my BA in Fine Art. I graduated in 2013 and started my MA in Media & Communications, also at Kingston. I am a Kingston University student ambassador. I chose Kingston because... it offered me the right environment for me to expand in. The course gave me freedom to practise my interests and offered me more facilities and guidance than other universities. I also fell in love with the town; it felt right ...

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