Department of Bioengineering – Interview Guidance
Thank you for applying to study at the Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London. The Department of Bioengineering will be conducting all interviews via Microsoft Teams for the 2023-24 admissions cycle.
If you have been selected for interview, the department will contact you confirming your interview date and time slot approximately two weeks before your interview. During the admissions cycle, please do ensure you are checking your Junk/Spam folders regularly to make sure you are not missing any communications from the department.
Before Your Interview
Test your audio and video settings by making a test call on MS Teams.
- Make a Test Call
- Settings > Devices > Make a Test Call
Ensure your Wi-Fi connection is strong.
Make sure your background on MS Teams isn’t blurred.
Make sure you are in a quiet place where you will not be disturbed.
Wear clothes you are comfortable in.
Have a pen and paper to hand, you will need it during your individual interview, and group task.
Ensure you have your photographic ID to hand. You will need to show your interviewer your ID at the beginning of the interview. We accept the below forms of photographic ID:
- Passport (can be expired)
- Driving Licence (Full or Provisional)
- Student ID Card
- Biometric Residence Card
Relax! Enjoy the interview day and get to know the department.
How To Access Your Microsoft Teams Interview
Please view our helpful admissions video below:
How to Prepare
- Re-read your Personal Statement. We do not advise you reading from your personal statement in your interview.
- Try to think of questions that your interviewer could ask.
- We do not expect you to be reading from scripts during your interview. These can be unhelpful and can stop you from fully engaging with the interviewers questions.
- Talk to your school or college to see if they offer ‘mock interviews’. These may help to build your confidence going into the interview.
- Do some background research on the course at Imperial College.
- Think about questions you would like to ask at the end of your interview, as well as questions you would like to ask our Undergraduate Ambassadors in the Q&A session.
Experiencing Tech Issues During or Before Your Interview?
Below you will find some guidance on how to resolve common technical issues you may experience during or before your interview.
Unable to join the meeting
- Contact the admissions team as soon as possible by emailing us on email@example.com
My camera is not working
- Ensure you have closed all other apps that might be using the camera.
- Check device settings – Setting > Devices > Camera > ensure the correct camera is selected from the drop-down menu.
- Restart your device.
My audio is not working
- Ensure you have closed all other apps that might be using your microphone.
- Check device settings - Setting > Devices > Audio Devices > ensure the correct speaker and/or microphone.
- Restart your device.
My internet connection is disrupted
- Ensure you are connected to the correct Wi-Fi.
- Move closer to your router.
- Check your internet speed.
If you are still unable to resolve your issues, please email the admissions team as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What To Expect From Your Bioengineering Interview.
Your interview day will be split into three different activities. Please note, they may not run in the order below.
- A 20 minute interview with you and a member of our academic staff. The questions they ask will be informed by your application. Your interview will likely begin with simple questions to make you feel comfortable and at ease. Further questions may be about your Personal Statement, your motivation for applying for the course, and/or testing of your Maths and Physics/Chemistry skills or your entrepreneurship if you have applied for BSc Biomedical Technology Ventures. There will also be time for you to ask your interviewer a question at the end.
- You will take part in 2 group tasks over 50 minutes during the interview day. The tasks are designed to challenge you. It’s ok not to know the answer straight away, we are looking to see how you work within a team, test your reasoning skills, and see how you present your ideas. These group tasks will be facilitated by a team of fully trained Graduate Teaching Assistants.
Q&A session with UG Ambassadors
- During the interview day, there will be time to ask our current Undergraduate Students questions about their experiences on the courses. They will be able to provide you with their first-hand experience on a wide range of topics such as living in London, being a student at Imperial, societies you can join, a student’s view of the department and anything else you can think of asking. The only thing they can’t help you with is the interview content!
Where To Have Your Interview
You should access your interview in a quiet space with reliable access to the internet and Microsoft Teams. You may wish to contact your school or college to enquire about the support they can provide you for your interview. Your school or college may be able to offer you access to the required technology and a stable internet connection if you do not have one. They may also be able to support with any special requirement you may have.
Wherever you choose to have your interview you must be in a room by yourself with no distractions. Please note, your interviewer may ask you to pan your camera in order to show them the room so they can confirm no one else is there with you.