When it comes to attending an interview for the BIT, there’s no one winning formula. The good news? We want you to come in and be yourself. The interview is all about demonstrating the things that set you apart from other applicants. Your skills. Your aspirations. Your interests beyond the classroom.
Here are some of the key things we’re looking for:
Lead the way
Yes, the BIT is an IT degree – but it’s not just an IT degree. In fact, our sponsors have more interest in leadership and management capabilities than in, say, technical brilliance. In the interview, we want to see your leadership potential. Think about sharing some real-life examples: did you take the lead on a school project? Manage staff in your part-time job? Captain your sports team or run a business alongside your studies? Tell us what you did and how you did it.
An impressive score
Your grades are an important component of your BIT application. But it’s not the end of the world if you faced some academic setbacks along the way. Be open about your experiences, and tell us what you did to overcome these challenges. A little bit of resilience goes a long way.
Talking the talk
Communication and interpersonal skills are critical to your success, no matter what sort of career you pursue. Are you friendly, personable, calm under pressure? Can you make your point clearly and succinctly, and engage effectively with a variety of people? Future leaders are good with people and can communicate effectively with lots of different personality types.
Life beyond the classroom
Yes, you need a strong academic record to be considered for the BIT – but we’re looking for more than that. Have you been involved in peer support? School council? Debating? Mooting? Music? Community work? Sport? Or something else? We want to see your initiative, your energy and your passion for the world beyond your studies. You’ll also be asked to provide evidence to support your claims (where possible). If you’ve played a team sport, tell us about your club and the role you play. If you’ve volunteered with a community organisation, give us some details about what you’ve been doing and why you wanted to get involved.
Work experience is a great way of demonstrating that you’re ahead of the curve when it comes to professional attributes. In fact, applicants with work experience generally have a better understanding of how organisations work. Regardless of what the work experience is, it can give you an understanding of how IT fits within organisations. We want to know what you did, where you did it and what you learnt. Get ready to share the details!
A passion for IT
Previous IT experience isn’t compulsory, but it’ll stand you in good stead. Applicants with some IT experience tend to perform better in the course than those without. If you’ve studied an IT-related subject at school, let us know. If you've applied technology in interesting ways at school, work or home, tell us about it. No previous IT involvement? Tell us about your passion for technology and the role you see it playing in your future career instead.