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    Thanks guys, all very helpful, I'm always ridiculously ott when when it comes to planning stuff like this, figure it's 1 less thing to panic about

    I applied for Manchester and Imperial H&I then Preston and St George's Immunology
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    Hello all, just want to say that I also got a phone call for an interview, really happy about that. Just worried because i dont know what exactly i have been shortlisted for, I applied for micro, heam and biochem because I really enjoyed all the experience i got from the disciplines. I hope that does not count against me for not sticking to one specialism.
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    (Original post by Jonathan)
    You'll be expected to turn up half an hour before the interview to show them your ID etc. It WILL start on time and you'll be well out of the main interview room an hour later but perhaps give it another twenty minutes before you know you'll be able to leave? There might be networking opportunities or something.

    You can have a wander round the Bull Ring if you get back to the centre before your train; it's like a mini Westfield I managed to kill a couple of hours there today, so don't worry about hanging around for too long.
    You didn't happen to see anywhere decent to eat did you? I'm gonna get myself some lunch before heading down but was after something a little less like Wetherspoons or McDonalds! ha ha
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    (Original post by EmmaTee)
    Thanks guys, all very helpful, I'm always ridiculously ott when when it comes to planning stuff like this, figure it's 1 less thing to panic about

    I applied for Manchester and Imperial H&I then Preston and St George's Immunology
    Great...Good luck!!
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    (Original post by GearHead)
    Hello all, just want to say that I also got a phone call for an interview, really happy about that. Just worried because i dont know what exactly i have been shortlisted for, I applied for micro, heam and biochem because I really enjoyed all the experience i got from the disciplines. I hope that does not count against me for not sticking to one specialism.
    Surely you'll know from the date of your assessment centre
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    (Original post by Dominic...)
    You didn't happen to see anywhere decent to eat did you? I'm gonna get myself some lunch before heading down but was after something a little less like Wetherspoons or McDonalds! ha ha
    It's not ike I, er, went to McDonalds afterwards or anything......

    It doesn't look like there's really any food at all near the venue, unless you fancy braving Morrison's (come out of the car park, go sort of straight ahead at the lights up Coventry Road and it's just on the left). If you make it back to the Bullring in one piece then there are some more civilised sandwich bars (Pret, EAT etc) and a few other cafes.

    Whatever you do, don't risk Virgin's train coffee in standard class. You have so much to live for.
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    (Original post by Jonathan)
    It's not ike I, er, went to McDonalds afterwards or anything......

    It doesn't look like there's really any food at all near the venue, unless you fancy braving Morrison's (come out of the car park, go sort of straight ahead at the lights up Coventry Road and it's just on the left). If you make it back to the Bullring in one piece then there are some more civilised sandwich bars (Pret, EAT etc) and a few other cafes.

    Whatever you do, don't risk Virgin's train coffee in standard class. You have so much to live for.
    ha ha ha I know what it's like around St Andrews, I've been there a few times for the football (and got lost once around there as well!) I don't think I'd even risk anything around there, it's pretty grim, like.

    I'll have a look around the Bullring on me way through, ta,
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    Has anyone else started having dreams/nightmares about this? I had one last night!
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    Good luck to everyone who got call backs from biochem, immunology and H&I yesterday!

    I'm a little bit gutted I didn't get shortlisted for H&I but it was always a long shot as it's not what my backgound is in.

    I'm just going to keep my fingers, arms, legs, and eyes crossed... that I hear something good from micro tomorrow!
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    Okay so far, life sciences people have heard from London and Oxford for micro, biochem and immunology posts. Has anyone heard anything for genetics and pathology posts?
    I'm starting to lose hope.
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    (Original post by norg)
    Okay so far, life sciences people have heard from London and Oxford for micro, biochem and immunology posts. Has anyone heard anything for genetics and pathology posts?
    I'm starting to lose hope.
    People have heard from Oxford for Micro? Am sitting in the Immuno Oxford lab and carefully not asking any questions about it because it's just too depressing.
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    (Original post by Jonathan)
    To everyone invited to an assessment centre in the next few weeks:

    I was at the Clinical Engineering interviews this morning. I'm pleased to report that the interview procedure is well-organised, friendly, and matter-of-fact. It seems absolutely fair and no-one need worry about it. Dare I say...you should try and enjoy it?



    I also tentatively suggest to everyone that we limit any discussion of the interviews to just logistic advice (like how to get there) and comments on the atmosphere like I have given above, in order that the playing field stays absolutely fair; even across different streams, those that have been through the process know enough to give others an advantage and, needless to say, it's not absolutely fair on the other candidates. But I'm sure that all goes without saying.

    Jonathan
    I see what your saying but this forum is nothing but an advantage. From day one people have being sharing views, thoughts and experiences of the recruitment process - hence whys its called 'nhs clinical scientist recruitment'! I think if people want to share, they should. Plus its not going to impact the outcome of your interview because its a completely different area. So theres no point in being competitive with people your not competing against! I for one would love helpful tips and advice from people who have gone through interviews.. Keep it coming people!! Share the love!!!!
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    I applied for Oxford Micro and have heard nothing, so I guess that now means I didn't get shortlisted. Competition must have been extremely tough, so well done to those who got an interview.
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    (Original post by mateyface)
    Has anyone else started having dreams/nightmares about this? I had one last night!
    I dreamt I accidentally got on a train to Paris instead of Birmingham..
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    (Original post by norg)
    Okay so far, life sciences people have heard from London and Oxford for micro, biochem and immunology posts. Has anyone heard anything for genetics and pathology posts?
    I'm starting to lose hope.
    Letters were sent to people that were successfully shortlisted for Genetics at Birmingham.

    So i've heard..
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    So I guess if I haven't heard anything so far then I am not shortlisted at all!!!! It is quite depressing to know but I guess I just have to move on!!!! Well done for those who got the interview!!!!
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    Am I right to think that all micro posts have been shortlisted, just want to put out of my misery......
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    I would be grateful if all those who were shortlisted for life sciences (particularly blood sciences) would list qualifications and any relevant experience. I think it would be helpful in applying for next year's programme to know exactly what is being looked for in a successful applicant.
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    MSci Biochemistry and Biological Chemistry 2:1, PhD in Biomedical Sciences, worked as a Medical Laboratory Assistant in a Clinical Chemistry Lab during the summers of my undergraduate degree and visited all the labs I applied for with two days shadowing clinical scientists at one of them.

    Applied for Biochemistry posts.

    People have been shortlisted with a lot less..... think you just have to address all the points in the personal spec.
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    (Original post by norg)
    Okay so far, life sciences people have heard from London and Oxford for micro, biochem and immunology posts. Has anyone heard anything for genetics and pathology posts?
    I'm starting to lose hope.
    Rats! where did you hear this?
 
 
 
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