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    Hi everyone,

    Ive been reading this thread for a while now but not posted before, its been massively helpful so thanks for everyones contributions!

    I dont know if anyone will find this helpful but just to keep people updated, I applied for three reproductive science trainee positions and got a call yesterday at around 12pm, followed by an email inviting me to interview today. Massively pleased as I really wasnt expecting to hear anything.

    If anyone wants to know what sort of experience i have, I am a final year undergrad of biomedical science at durham uni predicted a (borderline) 1st, i did a years industrial placement last year for glaxosmithkline and visited 2 fertility clinics before applying. Also i had a three month placement as a healthcare assistant in Nagasaki red cross hospital in Japan before starting my degree.

    Hopefully this is a little bit helpful to anyone thats applied. Good luck everyone!
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    (Original post by BethStar)
    I work as a research tech in an NHS lab too, i think the idea of the job is that it has a blend of both research and clinical, thats what i liked the sound of any way!


    I'm a little nervous about the clinical situation table at interview, will we have to suggest tests? interpret results? do a mock test?! there are so many different potential areas i'm not sure how to cover them all by monday
    I know what you mean - so little time!! :bricks:
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    (Original post by ywish7)
    Letters were sent to people that were successfully shortlisted for Genetics at Birmingham.

    So i've heard..

    I got a call this morning inviting me to the Genetics assessment centre
    And I'm fairly certain it must be Birmingham who've shortlisted me, because Leeds held that open day for shortlisted applicants and I wasn't one of them. I only applied to those two places ... So either my post is failing (very much a possibility!) or for some other reason I didn't get sent a letter.

    Now, this interview process ... I'm terrified! I've never had an interview before except for a summer job years ago! (Didn't interview either for my degree or my current job.) The 'Clinical Scenario' part in particular is scary, I've just got no clue how to prepare for it, or what it might entail.

    I don't know how to order my lab preferences either - I'd rather be in Leeds, but I know that they didn't shortlist me and Birmingham did. So that's made me think maybe I should put Birmingham first?

    Crikey, sorry for the ramble, I'm just so so nervous (and excited too!) - looking at some of the applicants here, I'd honestly completely written off my chances of getting an interview. I've no idea how I managed it!
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    hi everyone

    ive just come across this forum as i have an interview next week for the training scheme.

    i wanted to know if anyone could shed any light on the 'clinical scenario' situation! i understand no one can say exactly what will happen but i would like to know if anyone could prehaps explain to me what is meant by clinical scenario, just so im clear about it.
    do you think they will expect us to know the answer or just try to see how we work things out etc?
    i have very limited experience/knowledge within the field ive been short listed for so this is worrying me no end!

    i would appreciate any help!

    thanks u
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    I would advise you to just put the order that you genuinely want because at the end of the day, if you scored higher than others for leeds - you will get it (simple as)! In the end, it doesnt matter who leeds shortlisted.

    Edit: Message directed at Rach..
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    (Original post by (~Rach~))
    I got a call this morning inviting me to the Genetics assessment centre
    And I'm fairly certain it must be Birmingham who've shortlisted me, because Leeds held that open day for shortlisted applicants and I wasn't one of them. I only applied to those two places ... So either my post is failing (very much a possibility!) or for some other reason I didn't get sent a letter.

    Now, this interview process ... I'm terrified! I've never had an interview before except for a summer job years ago! (Didn't interview either for my degree or my current job.) The 'Clinical Scenario' part in particular is scary, I've just got no clue how to prepare for it, or what it might entail.

    I don't know how to order my lab preferences either - I'd rather be in Leeds, but I know that they didn't shortlist me and Birmingham did. So that's made me think maybe I should put Birmingham first?

    Crikey, sorry for the ramble, I'm just so so nervous (and excited too!) - looking at some of the applicants here, I'd honestly completely written off my chances of getting an interview. I've no idea how I managed it!
    Well well done anyway I know they definitely sent letters/emails but no matter you got an interview so who cares?? Don't forget that if more than one person is short-listed another person gets chosen...I would put down where I wanted it is 3 years after all!
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    @ ywish7

    Out of interest how do you know that Birmingham sent out letters? I received a phonecall today as well but had not received anything by mail....
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    (Original post by jonny_boy194)
    @ ywish7

    Out of interest how do you know that Birmingham sent out letters? I received a phonecall today as well but had not received anything by mail....
    I was told by the hospital when I was querying a matter....congrats
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    @ ywish7

    It won't let me rep you again - but thanks for getting back to me!
    I do appreciate it
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    (Original post by Topazx)
    Don't suppose anyone has heard anything from reproductive science posts??
    No I applied for 4 reproductive science posts (Leicester, Bristol, Salisbury and Shrewsbury) and haven't heard anything form any of them Starting to lose hope a bit now!
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    Hey guys,

    From that presentation someone put up on the interview process (thanx btw!) it says the 4 sections are:
    1. Suitability & Experience
    2. Understanding of the specialty and pathway
    3. Clinical Scenario
    4. Potential to benefit from training

    Maybe Im just being really dumb but no.2 and 4 sound similar to me, what different questions would they ask? Is anyone else having trouble thinking of questions that would go under each section? Don't have much time to prepare for the interview as I'm working everyday up until interview day so PANICKING!!!
    Anyone with any ideas/advise mind sharing?

    Thanx!
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    Hey everyone. I'm sorry if this seems a stupid question, and I know I'm showing my lack of interview experience here - but can anyone who's already had their assessment centre (or been to something similar in the past) tell me what sort of outfit the majority of people were wearing??

    I've got a smart shirt, shoes with a small heel, and the option of black trousers or black pencil skirt. Which would you recommend? Also, I don't have a suit jacket. Would I look out of place without one, or would wearing one be OTT compared to others? I just want to make the best possible first impression, please help!! Thanks
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    (Original post by (~Rach~))
    Hey everyone. I'm sorry if this seems a stupid question, and I know I'm showing my lack of interview experience here - but can anyone who's already had their assessment centre (or been to something similar in the past) tell me what sort of outfit the majority of people were wearing??

    I've got a smart shirt, shoes with a small heel, and the option of black trousers or black pencil skirt. Which would you recommend? Also, I don't have a suit jacket. Would I look out of place without one, or would wearing one be OTT compared to others? I just want to make the best possible first impression, please help!! Thanks
    I know I'm a guy but I was going to go for grey trousers and charcoal V-neck jumper with shirt and tie instead of full blown suit? I don't know if this is too informal though .......
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    Of the people I saw, almost everyone was wearing a suit. Trousers or skirt fine for girls, one girl was wearing a cardi over a shirt rather than a suit jacket and looked distinctly less smart imho, though can't imagine it would make that much difference. Regarding interview questions we were given very specific instructions not to pass on any information, which I guess is why those questions are being ignored on here. Good luck to everyone with interviews coming up though!
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    Okay I have a question for those attending Blood Sciences interviews next week. From the timetable, do the dates and times correspond to the particular specialism (2 columns to the right), or are the interviews for general 'Blood Sciences' (i.e. concerning the subjects which will be covered in the block rotations, regardless of which path you follow)?

    I ask because on my letter it says "You will be interviewed as part of the Blood Sciences assessment centre on Tuesday 12th April 2011". Also, the posts I applied for are not only in Biochemistry; but also in Immunology and H&I.


    Ahhhh confusion!
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    (Original post by (~Rach~))
    Hey everyone. I'm sorry if this seems a stupid question, and I know I'm showing my lack of interview experience here - but can anyone who's already had their assessment centre (or been to something similar in the past) tell me what sort of outfit the majority of people were wearing??

    I've got a smart shirt, shoes with a small heel, and the option of black trousers or black pencil skirt. Which would you recommend? Also, I don't have a suit jacket. Would I look out of place without one, or would wearing one be OTT compared to others? I just want to make the best possible first impression, please help!! Thanks
    I wore a dress with flat shoes (I had a long journey!), I think it looked smart enough

    Yes, we were told not to mention anything about the interview. I was a little annoyed to meet someone who was standing outside the main gates of the stadium, when I was walking back from the interview, who said that their interview was the next day and wanted me to tell them what I was asked?! What a chancer!
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    (Original post by blue_tonic)
    I wore a dress with flat shoes (I had a long journey!), I think it looked smart enough
    Thanks I've got a long journey too, from Scotland, but my interview's in the morning so I'm travelling down the night before!
    I think I'll wear my skirt to be a little smarter ... my lack of suit jacket worries me a bit, but with paying for trains and a hotel I can't really afford one! Besides, I was meant to be prepping this weekend, not shopping
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    (Original post by blue_tonic)
    I wore a dress with flat shoes (I had a long journey!), I think it looked smart enough

    Yes, we were told not to mention anything about the interview. I was a little annoyed to meet someone who was standing outside the main gates of the stadium, when I was walking back from the interview, who said that their interview was the next day and wanted me to tell them what I was asked?! What a chancer!

    Haha! I hope you didn't tell them!

    Everyone is starting to panic now, including myself! lol
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    (Original post by (~Rach~))
    Thanks I've got a long journey too, from Scotland, but my interview's in the morning so I'm travelling down the night before!
    I think I'll wear my skirt to be a little smarter ... my lack of suit jacket worries me a bit, but with paying for trains and a hotel I can't really afford one! Besides, I was meant to be prepping this weekend, not shopping
    I'm going from Scotland too! When's your interview? I'm driving down, trains and flights were too expensive . Luckily my mum works in a school so shes off work which allows me to take the car.
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    (Original post by George Agdgdgwngo)
    I'm going from Scotland too! When's your interview? I'm driving down, trains and flights were too expensive . Luckily my mum works in a school so shes off work which allows me to take the car.
    My interview's on the morning of Friday 15th.
    Yea, the trains are expensive, no advance tickets left at such short notice ... I sort of wish I could drive down but I only passed my test in November so nowhere near confident enough yet plus the fact that I don't actually have a car haha. When's your interview?
 
 
 
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