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Interview Question – Did your (university) course live up to expectations?

Interview Question 35 – Did the course live up to your expectations?


This relates specifically to somebody who has just left university and has very little work experience for the interviewer to discuss and explore. It will rarely be asked of anyone who has been out of college or university for a number of years as there are so many more interesting things to ask questions about during a job interview.

You can either think of a constructive answer if you are going to criticise the course in any way. If you unduly criticise it for the wrong reasons you will come across as quite a negative person, so it is important to make sure you try constructive criticisms if you intend to pass any comments on your course. Remember that the interviewer is unlikely to be very interested in your academic career at all, and more interested in your potential as an employee. This is difficult to grasp if you have just spent three or four years of your life at university, but in the work place very often your university experiences are simply narrowed down to the final grade that you obtain at the end of your course.

Examples of Answers

“Yes. Nottingham University was a strong provider and I knew this before attending as I have carefully researched which university to make applications to. I was very satisfied with the course, enjoyed my time at university and I am now ready to enter employment.”


“Yes to a certain extent. There were certain aspects of the course that could have been improved, for example providing more practical hands on experience to ensure smooth transition from the academic world to the practical work environment, but the course was well run generally and I enjoyed my time at university”.

Jonathan Fagan

Jonathan Fagan LLM FIRP is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment. He has been recruiting solicitors and legal support staff for law firms and in house legal departments for over 20 years and handles roles from junior fee earners through to partners and law firm sales/purchases. A non-practising solicitor on the Roll since 2000, he is also the author of a number of legal career books, which are available at You can contact Jonathan at