Technical Tips

Take a look at the technology required for your interview and read some top tips from our team.

Technology required

All interviews for 2021-22 entry will take place online using Microsoft Teams. Any additional technology required will depend on the course you are being interviewed for.

Technology requirements have been divided into three tiers, with tier 1 involving the least technology and tier 3 requiring the most.

Most courses are in tier 1 where you will only need a computer for video conferencing using Microsoft Teams. Tier 2 subjects are likely to require the use of a shared virtual whiteboard, and tier 3 subjects will require a separate touchscreen device for the whiteboard along with a stylus so you can share mathematical notation, draw sketches, annotate diagrams or text, or add text.

The tier of your subject should have been confirmed in your invite to interview, and you can also check this and read more about technology requirements here.

Technical Problems

Please make sure you are aware of the technical requirements for your subject in advance of your interview. This will help you to minimise technical problems.

If you are being interviewed for a Level 3 subject and do not have access to a suitable touch screen device, please contact your school or college, who may be able to help you. If your school or college is not able to help, or if you are an independent candidate, please contact us- admissions@pmb.ox.ac.uk .

Despite the guidance above, we are aware that some candidates may experience unavoidable technical problems during their interview.

If this happens to you, don’t panic!

If your call cuts off or your internet fails, the interviewers will call you back or arrange another interview at a later time.

If your call cuts off but you are able to rejoin, you can use your original invite link.

If your video call fails our interviewers may call you on the number you provided on your interview registration form to continue.

If you experience milder technical problems such as audio difficulties, please don’t be afraid to say so. For example if audio quality means you miss part of a question please ask the interviewer to repeat themselves, or if you can’t see something that has been held up on screen please say!

Please make sure you are aware of the technical requirements for your subject in advance of your interview. This will help you to minimise technical problems.

If you are being interviewed for a Level 3 subject and do not have access to a suitable touch screen device, please contact your school or college, who may be able to help you. If your school or college is not able to help, or if you are an independent candidate, please contact us- admissions@pmb.ox.ac.uk .

Despite the guidance above, we are aware that some candidates may experience unavoidable technical problems during their interview. If this happens to you, don’t panic! If your call cuts off or your internet fails, the interviewers will call you back or arrange another interview at a later time. If your call cuts off but you are able to rejoin, you can use your original invite link. If your video call fails our interviewers may call you on the number you provided on your interview registration form to continue.

If you experience milder technical problems such as audio difficulties, please don’t be afraid to say so. For example if audio quality means you miss part of a question please ask the interviewer to repeat themselves, or if you can’t see something that has been held up on screen please say!

What should I do if I think that my interview went badly?

First of all, don’t panic!

Our interviews are designed to really stretch and challenge you, and many candidates who feel things went badly have in fact done very well. If you have more interviews coming up, remember that you will have a fresh set of interviewers each time and a new opportunity to show your aptitude for your course.

If you feel very distressed after your interview, or something has happened that we should know about (such as personal disruption around the time of your interview), please contact the Academic Office at academic.office@pmb.ox.ac.uk .

We will be pleased to chat over email or video call. If you would find it easier you can also ask a teacher to contact us on your behalf.