Early Admission interview tips

If you've been invited to attend an Early Admission interview, don’t be nervous. This is your chance to tell us more about yourself and ask any questions you have. With a little preparation, you will be ready to put your best self forward.

Before your interview

We have asked you to provide your most recent Year 12 results and/ or report. These documents will ensure we are referencing the most up to date information when we speak to you in your interview. We understand that in some instances these documents will not be available. Please note not being able to provide these documents will not impact on the outcome of your interview. 

Send us your results

To upload your results/report, log in to your Early Admission application portal. Go to the Personal documents tab on the top right of the page. From the document type drop down menu select Year 12 results and upload a pdf file with your results and/or report. This information will then attach to your interview booking.

Check out your courses

Choosing a course and a uni is a big decision, and it can be confusing. We recommend that you do some research on UOW and the study area and course you are interviewing for. Think about the different majors and study options available to you. If you're not sure which course is right for you, note down your questions ready to ask during your interview.

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Prepare your interview responses

We know you are more than an ATAR.

At UOW, your Early Admission interview allows you to share your unique interests, skills and extra-curricular achievements. Don't worry - it's easier than it sounds.

There are four Indicators of Success we're looking for. These are listed below. You were asked to address these in your application and they will be revisited in your interview. To prepare for your interview we recommend reviewing the responses you prepared for your application - and think about how you could expand those answers.  If you didn't save your four short answer responses email us at domestic-recruitment@uow.edu.au and we can help you out.

Motivation and Passion

Your time at UOW is about uncovering your passions and kick-starting your career.

  • The first thing we'll want to know is what made you choose this course, and why do you want to study at UOW in particular? Have you considered what your ideal job is? What interests you about that job?
  • This is your opportunity to tell us a bit about yourself outside your studies. Share the things you love doing. From sports coaching to gaming, to debating  - what are the similarities between what you love and the course you've chosen?
  • University is not just about finding your 'why' academically, but also socially. How you spend time out of school gives us a good sense of what kind of person you are and what you'll bring to UOW.

Academic Readiness

At uni, you'll need to be more self-driven and autonomous than at high school. We're looking for more than your results.

  • We want to hear about your personal study strategies. What works for you? How are you preparing for your final exams?
  • How do you manage your time? Do you plan out your work with milestones? Can you juggle multiple deadlines?
  • Think of examples from your school or extra-curricular experiences that indicate you are organised, well planned and self-motivated.

Communication and Collaboration

As a uni student, you'll need to have clear communication skills and be able to work effectively in a team.

  • In your studies or life outside school, have you had to work with people from different backgrounds on a shared project?
  • In group situations, how have you ensured that everyone's ideas were voiced and the work was completed on time?
  • What methods of communication are your strongest? Do you have public speaking experience? Or are you a five-star report writer?

Planning and Persistence

While we have a lot of support services available to students, to be successful at uni you'll need to be able to plan your workload and persevere through tough times to reach your goals.

  • Think of a goal you have set yourself-was it difficult to achieve
  • Think about any setbacks you may have overcome along the way. What went wrong? How did you keep yourself motivated?
  • For students who feel their Year 12 results are better than their Year 11 results, how is your persistence improving your marks?
  • This is a chance to showcase your organisational skills. How have you managed competing priorities or multiple deadlines to achieve your goal?


Ace your interview webinar - Tuesday, 20 September, 6 pm

If you have been shortlisted for the next stage of Early Admission, you'll be invited to attend an interview or activation session. This webinar will provide you with advice on how to prepare for a successful interview.

Register your attendance Early Admission FAQs
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On the day

Read the instructions carefully

We will email you the details of your interview and any other events you need to attend. Be sure to read these instructions carefully so you know exactly what you need to do at what time.

If you have any questions, contact us.

Be tech-ready

Charge your phone in advance, and make sure you'll be in a quiet, comfortable place with good phone reception at the time of your interview.

Set up your supplies

It's a good idea to have a glass of water and your preparation notes printed out with you.


During your interview

Early Admission interviews at UOW are much more relaxed than you might think.

Be yourself

You might hear this advice a lot, but when we say be yourself, we mean it. The interviewer's role is to get to know you and determine if the degree you're interested in is the right fit. Your job is to give them something to work with: be passionate, be enthusiastic. It's not about selling yourself to them, it's about being genuine.

Show interest

There are so many choices when it comes to university. In your interview, it's important to show why you chose UOW in particular and why that degree. This is how the interviewer can see you're committed.


Speak slowly and calmly, and if you need a moment to think of your answers that's ok - just ask.

Be flexible

The interview formats vary- some are one-on-one and some are with small panels. Some will be longer than others, too. Don't worry if you have a different type of interview to your friends. Our academics and faculty staff run the interview style they believe will be most effective for the course and study area.

Contact us

Do you have a question about studying with UOW? We're here to help.