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    I've been shortlisted for immunology, not sure how many of the 4 I applied to though.. The assessment sounds scary i got to interview at Southampton last year and it was more informal than i expected but not really sure how to prepare for this one! are the 4 ten min slots for different aspects of the job or with the different labs? wish we had more info!!
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    (Original post by BethStar)
    I've been shortlisted for immunology, not sure how many of the 4 I applied to though.. The assessment sounds scary i got to interview at Southampton last year and it was more informal than i expected but not really sure how to prepare for this one! are the 4 ten min slots for different aspects of the job or with the different labs? wish we had more info!!
    It doesnt matter how many/which labs you were shortlisted for - you can still get any job. Basically everyone who attends the AC is ranked and jobs are distributed according to preferences. In fact, you may get a job you've not even applied for, just because you were better than anyone who wanted to get it (but not good enough to get your first choices).
    About the AC itself - it was also mentioned several times that you may not even be interviewed by the people from the labs you've applied to. In fact, out of 8 interviewers I've only recognised one face. Stations are "themed" and follow the general structure outlined here.
    A lot of useful info was already posted on this thread, so just look through a couple of previous weeks posts.
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    I got contacted by HR and was told that I have been short-listed but they didn't say which lab. I only applied to three and one outright told me that I had not made their shortlist, so I'm presuming I got shortlisted for the other two labs. Though, I'm not quite sure how!

    I guess I will have to try my best in the interview now...
    Once you're in the interview stage everyone's on pretty much level peggings, so read up on the field if you can and aim to impress!
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    Thanks Triwka, that link is really useful!
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    Another thanks to Triwka, very useful indeed!

    What I am a little confused about is that the Medical Physics posts stated 'specialism to be chosen upon appointment', but the documents showing the days for interviews show various specialisms on different days, for example on Thursday it is 'radiotherapy physics'.
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    (Original post by predatormc)
    Another thanks to Triwka, very useful indeed!

    What I am a little confused about is that the Medical Physics posts stated 'specialism to be chosen upon appointment', but the documents showing the days for interviews show various specialisms on different days, for example on Thursday it is 'radiotherapy physics'.
    If you have another look, you'll see that they're not actually divided like that. It's a bit ambiguous in some documents but from what I've seen I'm fairly certain that the assessment days aren't divided further than "clinical engineering" and "medical physics" etc.

    Ed: In any case, if they haven't told you that you're being interviewed for a specific specialism it would be pretty mean to then not let you know before the interview.
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    (Original post by triwka)
    It doesnt matter how many/which labs you were shortlisted for - you can still get any job. Basically everyone who attends the AC is ranked and jobs are distributed according to preferences. In fact, you may get a job you've not even applied for, just because you were better than anyone who wanted to get it (but not good enough to get your first choices).
    About the AC itself - it was also mentioned several times that you may not even be interviewed by the people from the labs you've applied to. In fact, out of 8 interviewers I've only recognised one face. Stations are "themed" and follow the general structure outlined here.
    A lot of useful info was already posted on this thread, so just look through a couple of previous weeks posts.
    That was my understanding of it as well.

    From what I have read about it, each lab will shortlist 3 or 4 people per post and then give an additional list of 10-15 reserves to account for the same person being shortlisted by different places. Positions are then allocated across everyone based on overall score as well as preferred locations.
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    mateyface, predatormc, you're welcome, guess it just gives a bit more structure to what was mentioned previously. and woah, two thumbs down, some people are obviously stressed before interviews


    (Original post by Dominic...)
    From what I have read about it, each lab will shortlist 3 or 4 people per post and then give an additional list of 10-15 reserves to account for the same person being shortlisted by different places. Positions are then allocated across everyone based on overall score as well as preferred locations.
    Yeah, they get 4 people interviewed for each post (if everyone turns up on the day)
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    (Original post by norg)
    Ummmmmm, on here. People have been posting about it.
    Where exactly? I may have missed it but those are the labs I've applied for so am keeping a look out!
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    (Original post by triwka)
    mateyface, predatormc, you're welcome, guess it just gives a bit more structure to what was mentioned previously. and woah, two thumbs down, some people are obviously stressed before interviews


    Yeah, they get 4 people interviewed for each post (if everyone turns up on the day)
    Thanx for the link!!
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    (Original post by krazykipper)
    Where exactly? I may have missed it but those are the labs I've applied for so am keeping a look out!
    I pretty sure nothing has been said about any of the micro places, Ive been reading all the threads daily for any new info and no has said anything about any micro!
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    (Original post by drknox)
    I pretty sure nothing has been said about any of the micro places, Ive been reading all the threads daily for any new info and no has said anything about any micro!
    I'm desperately trying not to get my hopes up. I didn't get shortlisted for Immuno in Oxford and I worked there for two years. Still do two mornings a week as an MSc student. What are the chances of the Micro lab that I didn't pick as a specialty. *sighs* It's the not knowing that's the killer.

    Good luck though! Can I ask where you applied and what qualifications you have? I'm wondering if the PhD is the end point.
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    (Original post by krazykipper)
    I'm desperately trying not to get my hopes up. I didn't get shortlisted for Immuno in Oxford and I worked there for two years. Still do two mornings a week as an MSc student. What are the chances of the Micro lab that I didn't pick as a specialty. *sighs* It's the not knowing that's the killer.

    Good luck though! Can I ask where you applied and what qualifications you have? I'm wondering if the PhD is the end point.

    I qualified as a micro BMS in 2006, worked in Treliske, Frenchay and Southmead hospitals and will submitting my PhD in Easter, also work for the army (TA not real army!) as a BMS in a field hospital! I thought I might stand a chance with all that but competition is very very high!!
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    (Original post by drknox)
    I qualified as a micro BMS in 2006, worked in Treliske, Frenchay and Southmead hospitals and will submitting my PhD in Easter, also work for the army (TA not real army!) as a BMS in a field hospital! I thought I might stand a chance with all that but competition is very very high!!
    Wow, sounds impressive. I didn't qualify until 2010 but I've been working as a BMS (in Oxford) since 2006 in all five of the major disciplines and am working on an MSc. With the way my manager kept pushing it I thought I stood a good chance to at least be shortlisted. But it is seriously competitive.

    Guess we'll find out tomorrow? I have a genetics exam in the morning so could really do with some good news after. *fingers crossed for karma*
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    (Original post by krazykipper)
    Wow, sounds impressive. I didn't qualify until 2010 but I've been working as a BMS (in Oxford) since 2006 in all five of the major disciplines and am working on an MSc. With the way my manager kept pushing it I thought I stood a good chance to at least be shortlisted. But it is seriously competitive.

    Guess we'll find out tomorrow? I have a genetics exam in the morning so could really do with some good news after. *fingers crossed for karma*

    Good luck for tomorrow !!
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    (Original post by sbarron)
    I also want to get my anger out and say most people I spoke to at my interview had applied to more than the allowed 4! I know it doesnt make a difference now but it made me :mad:
    so it should
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    Good luck for all the people going for interviews tomorrow! Medical physics here we come!
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    (Original post by GraduateSK)
    so it should
    (Original post by sbarron)
    I also want to get my anger out and say most people I spoke to at my interview had applied to more than the allowed 4! I know it doesnt make a difference now but it made me :mad:
    Indeed. You're right in saying that it's too late now, but it's not fair. From what I gather if people applied for more than 4 only the first 4 were going to be taken into account, but I'm not sure how they'd do that.

    If anything has been learned from this process it is that next year the nhs website has to be rigged so you can only apply for 4. Even if you apply via a hospital that doesn't use the "apply now" button on the nhs website (like the Royal Free) you should have to check a box or something so that it registers.
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    (Original post by kathlovestea)
    Indeed. You're right in saying that it's too late now, but it's not fair. From what I gather if people applied for more than 4 only the first 4 were going to be taken into account, but I'm not sure how they'd do that.

    If anything has been learned from this process it is that next year the nhs website has to be rigged so you can only apply for 4. Even if you apply via a hospital that doesn't use the "apply now" button on the nhs website (like the Royal Free) you should have to check a box or something so that it registers.
    I agree too - it seems terribly unfair. In fact I think they should consider, for next year, having candidates fill in just one form on which they list their top four choices...rather than applying to each hospital. Much like UCAS, I suppose. Wouldn't that be fairer? Applications could then be shared with the four hospitals listed on the form so that they could see who's applying.

    Anyway, best of luck to everyone who has interviews, and here's another Thank You to Triwka for that link - it was very useful indeed!
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    (Original post by kathlovestea)
    Indeed. You're right in saying that it's too late now, but it's not fair. From what I gather if people applied for more than 4 only the first 4 were going to be taken into account, but I'm not sure how they'd do that.

    If anything has been learned from this process it is that next year the nhs website has to be rigged so you can only apply for 4. Even if you apply via a hospital that doesn't use the "apply now" button on the nhs website (like the Royal Free) you should have to check a box or something so that it registers.
    That is really annoying!

    I don't think they'll let it slide... It specifically said on the website you could only apply for four.

    Probably factor it in when allocating the positions out - well they should anyway!
 
 
 
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