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Masters student Landysh took part in the ELBA Credit Suisse Mock Interview event last term. More slots are available in early March – don’t miss this opportunity to refine your interview skills and receive valuable feedback on your interview technique with Credit Suisse employees from various fields.
Scroll down for full details, and read on for Landysh’s 5 reasons to get involved:
A growing number of UK universities are now using the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) for their Medicine and Dentistry applications. St. George’s Medical School was the first UK institution to adopt this system in 2010 and it has spread quickly ever since.
The advantage that an MMI has for you is that if you have problems in one scenario or you feel that your answer has not been up to par, you can recover and give an excellent performance in a different situation, where you will be interacting with a different interviewer. It also gives you more opportunities to shine!
When you go for an MMI, you move around an average of 10 interview stations.
Each station lasts around 8-10 minutes and can include role-play activities, data analysis, traditional interview questions as well as questions on a given situation. You will be given time to prepare your answer and then you will interact with or be observed by an interviewer. The situations deal with a wide range of issues but they will normally focus on:
It is important to remember that you will NOT be assessed on your scientific knowledge.
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Gill Lambert, Careers Consultant
This blog focuses on how to research a company, an activity which is needed to make your cover letter stand out and also to answer the inevitable interview question “Why do you want to work for us?”
I wrote this blog because my daughter recently asked me how to research a company. She graduated last summer and is looking for work through for graduate schemes. I advised her to use the checklist below to organise the information and then I suggested a number of ways of gathering it.
As with many interview questions, ‘What is your greatest achievement?’ is not as straightforward as it first appears. That doesn’t mean it should be difficult to answer, but you have to know what the interviewer is looking for.
Let’s start with the basics. This does not have to be your greatest achievement in a literal sense, since that may be a personal matter (such as helping a family member). Rather, it should be a great achievement drawn from your professional experience. This includes work experience but also your education and extra-curricular activities.
Instead of feeling overwhelmed by the pressure of having to decide your ‘greatest’ achievement, try to think of an experience that shows you at your best. This, in turn, should provide an insight into your values and motivations.
The choice of achievement is important. The achievement you give should be something you’re genuinely proud of. However, a generic answer such as passing your driving test or getting good exam results says little about what makes you unique as a candidate.
Likewise, don’t give an answer that’s too general and/or can’t be backed up with evidence, such as ‘I’ve learned to be more confident around new people’. Not only is this unverifiable, it seriously lacks wow factor!
Examples of good answers include:
The structure of your answer should be similar to that of other competency-based questions. As such, you should follow the STAR technique, with the exception that the ‘R’ (result) part comes first. But what the interviewer is most interested in is how you reached that achievement (the ‘action’ part of your answer).
It’s the opening question to many interviews, designed to get the ball rolling and give you the opportunity to provide an overview of yourself as a candidate, yet the ‘Tell me about yourself’ question provokes fear in even the most confident interviewees. How do you answer it? Here are some tips:
As with any interview question, the best method is to practice – so make some notes or a mindmap for how you would answer this question. Once you’ve run over the structure, you can ask the question to yourself or get a friend to ask you and practice giving your answer. Better still, you can book a practice interview (if you have an interview scheduled) for more in-depth practice. You can also find more interview resources, including our online interview simulator, on our QMPlus page.