I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at University of York.
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Obvious internal communication failure during hiring process. I was hired with after submitting a CV that shows 20+ years of office experience, including managing an office by myself.
At the interview, when I was asked how I would handle particular problems that occurred when she was not available, the interviewer appeared shocked when I revealed that I knew how to handle them myself without asking for help, and that I would consider how to deal with problems on a case by case basis. I would be a pretty pathetic worker if after 20+ years of employment (as indicated on a 3-page CV!) I could not handle difficult situations on my own or make my own decisions.
It appeared that they were looking for a young, recent graduate with only a small amount of work experience and little self confidence, and that my prospective employer did not appreciate the benefit of having someone who could take care of things independently so she could get on with her important work - and possibly get promoted herself.,
The interview itself consisted of a tour around the building, a test on Microsoft Word and a panel interview.
I obviously did not get the job, but it is for the best as it seems from the above that I would have been dealing with an insecure manager.
Interview Question – Give an example of when you were not prepared for a task. View Answer
The University of York is a leading university and there is outstanding research done within its wall. There is a lot of enthusiasm and opportunity to grow. It is situated in the very nice and scenic city of York that attracts many visitors.
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