An interview? Not as scary as it might sound.

An insight into the ACC interview process

Here at Access Creative College, you will be invited to an interview so that we can check that our courses are right for you and you can get a feel for who we are. The idea of an interview can spark fear in the heart of some applicants.

And I get it. It can be a scary process.

Everyday I spend a lot of time talking to applicants and some of them are nervous about their interview. I am here to tell you not to worry. My name is Freya, I work in the Admissions Department and here are my tips to make the process a little less daunting.

  1. Select your own interview slot

Once you complete an application, you will be able to select your own slot.

We have numerous slots that may suit you.  If you don’t see any that work, give the Admissions Department a ring or an email. We are super happy to help find a suitable slot and chat through any questions you have.  This also means that you can take the time you need to get ready for an interview. You can even apply now and wait a while. We will not push you to interview straight away, it is on your terms. I would suggest completing an application, even if you wish to wait for an interview. That way we have you email and we can invite you to all our fun events!

  1. Confirm your interview with the Admissions team

Once your slot is selected, the Admissions team will call you on the number you gave. I know talking on the phone is not everyone’s favourite pastime, but this is a pretty important conversation. We need to ask you a few questions about your interests and your qualifications, and we need to tell you how to prepare for the interview. And we really just want to make sure that you are feeling okay about the whole thing. You don’t have to wait for us to contact you – if you’re keen to get it sorted asap, just give give us a call, and we’ll go through everything with you.

If you have a learning difference or disability, please let us know and we can make sure that one of our Learning Support team can be available to have a chat with you.

  1. Preparation is key

Each course has slightly different preparation requirements. For music courses, you will be required to play two short contrasting pieces. For media or games, we would like to see evidence of any related work. The biggest piece of advice I can give, is bring as much ‘stuff’ as you can. This means on the day, you’ll feel prepared, less nervous, and you’ll be able to refer to anything that you bring along with you.

A school reference, a poster, some artwork, a song you have recorded on a phone. These are the things that we want to see at an interview, and they’ll really help you to show us who you are and what you can do. It also tells us that you have thought about your interview, you’ve done some preparation and you’re keen to join the college – which is so valuable to a teacher! If you are in year 11, we would also like to see your predicted grades. If you already have your GCSE results, please bring these along.

The questions you are asked will really be to get an idea of you as a person. So what are your goals? Where do you see yourself in the future? Tell us your dreams, your achievements. We are a receptive lot and we just want to figure out how great you really are.

  1. Wear the stuff that makes you feel comfortable

One of the most frequent questions we get asked it is, is there a dress code? There isn’t. We want you to wear stuff that makes you feel comfortable. By all means – if you want to wear a 3-piece suit, I am sure you look dashing in it. Work it. If you feel better in something more laid back, we will not judge you for it. Our tutors are a cool lot, who are free to express themselves with their appearances. So you can as well!

  1. There isn’t a panel of judges

It is one tutor. There may be a Learning Support Tutor if you have disclosed support needs. But there is never a panel of judges glaring down at you. It will be informal and personal and calm. They will want you to feel at ease, so that you can do your best, so please try not to worry.

  1. Be yourself

Most people think they have to go into an interview being a super-formal, starchy version of themselves. We are different. We want to see the real you. We want to see you for your quirks and idiosyncrasies. You have spent a lot of time and effort becoming the person you are today and we wouldn’t want you to alter it on our behalf!