Your Midwifery interview will take place online through Microsoft Teams. As your interview is online, we highly recommend visiting us at an Open Day, Taster Day or Applicant Day to get to know the University.

Your interview is in the form of a Multiple Mini Interview, which is made up of six different stations. The interview panel will be made up of lecturing staff and midwives from our practice partner NHS Trusts, and may include service users.

Each station is one-to-one with an interviewer who’ll either ask you a question or a present you with a scenario. You'll have 4-5 minutes to answer before you move on to the next station. This all takes place online via Teams, and you’ll only need to access one link for all the interviews.

Each interview timeslot will have four candidates, but there is no group interview question. Each question or scenario is given to you individually.

During your interview, we’ll ask you to show valid photo ID to verify who you are.

We won’t ask to see qualifications at this stage. We’ll be interested in your knowledge of the role of a midwife and your values. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and find out more about ARU.

Please note: your interview may be recorded.

Below, you'll find some helpful information about your interview and some of the things we'll be discussing. Do take a look before your interview.

Come prepared

Above all, you need to be certain that this is the profession you want to join. We'll ask you about your interest in midwifery, the role, the profession and how you intend to integrate studying in to your life.

You'll need to be prepared with knowledge and understanding of the role of a midwife, so do as much research as possible before your interview:

  • When you graduate, you'll be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Therefore, you must be aware of and uphold the NMC’s professional values and behaviours.
  • As you’ll be working with service users at a very vulnerable time in their lives from early on in your degree course, and throughout your career, you're expected to be familiar with and uphold the NHS Constitution and values.

Teams interview

  • Your interview date and time slot will be confirmed on e:Vision.
  • The interviewer will allocate you to an interview group within that time slot, which lasts around an hour.
  • You'll receive a Teams link showing your exact interview time up to 24 hours ahead of your booked session.
  • Your interview could be any time within your selected interview session. Please ensure you are available for the entire slot until you receive your specific interview time.
  • Please ensure @aru.ac.uk is on your safe receiver list and regularly check your spam/junk folders.
  • This is an interview for a professional course leading to a professional qualification. Please dress and conduct yourself in a professional way.
  • Please ensure you are at a device with a camera and a microphone with a reliable internet connection. We recommend accessing the interview from a laptop rather than a mobile phone or tablet if you can.
  • Have your valid photo ID ready for verification checks. This can be a passport, driving licence, or ID badge from your current employer or college. If you are unable to provide any of these please contact the Admissions Administrators as soon as possible on [email protected]

Please note: A camera, a microphone and ID are required. If you don’t have access to these, we may have to reschedule your interview. You’ll not be penalised for any technology failing.

Interview format

  • You'll be interviewed by a panel of four, made up of academics, Trust representatives, and/or service users. This will be in the form of six individual stations:
    • The first, second, and third mini-interviews will consist of one or two questions, and last up to five minutes each.
    • The fourth, fifth, and sixth mini-interviews will consist of of one question, and last up to four minutes each.
  • We'll ask you to respond to scenarios arising from practice, looking at your communication, problem solving and decision-making skills, and asking questions about your motivations and understanding of the profession.
  • We'll be looking for your understanding of the role of the midwife, course commitments (placement, travel), NHS Constitution, resilience and transferable skills.
  • We'll be interested in your approach to your answers, your interpersonal communication skills, and your expectations.
  • Remember that the course you have applied for carries professional body registration on completion. We will be required to report to this professional body on your behaviour and conduct in all dealings that we have with you from when you apply to completion of the course.
  • At the end of the interview, we'll ask you to fill out a Placement Preference Form, as to where you wish to be placed (however, we can't guarantee that you'll get your first choice).

What happens next?

You’ll be notified via UCAS of the results of your interview within five working days.

What next if I am offered a place?

  • Accept your offer via UCAS Hub
  • Arrange your accommodation
  • Complete your DBS and Occupational Health information
  • Notify the Admissions team of any changes to your circumstances.

What next if I am unsuccessful at interview?

  • Please consider the areas which need improvement and ask for written feedback to prepare for future interviews.
  • We are happy to accept applications for next academic year.
  • The offer of a place in a previous application cycle or on a reserve list does not guarantee a place or interview if you reapply for another intake.
  • You may be offered a place on another course, in which case, follow the instructions above.

Above all, you need to be certain that this is the profession you want to join. Consider visiting us at an Open Day, if you haven't already. Then commit yourself to learning as much as you can before your interview day.