To test applicants ability to think laterally, interviewers at Oxbridge are asking questions designed to surprise interviewees.
It is because many students are now applying with similar A level scores and differentiating between them is becoming ever more difficult.
Here are some examples:
- Are you cool?
- At what point is a person dead?
- Put a monetary value on this teapot.
- Of all 19th-century politicians, who was most like Tony Blair?
- How does a perm work?
- What percentage of the world’s water is contained in a cow?
Maybe it is a new trend. I did an interview myself recently where I was very surprised by some of the questions.
At one stage the interviewer asked suddenly:
- Would you describe yourself as a control freak?
and then followed it up about 5 minutes later with:
- Would you describe yourself as having the ability to bullshit when necessary?