Queen's University Belfast
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- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at Queen's University Belfast as a contractor (more than a year)Pros
Flexitime, good holidays, very friendlyCons
Short term contracts, general admin department can be a little disorganised but that's no different to any universityRecommendsPositive OutlookNo opinion of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied online. The process took 6 weeks – interviewed at Queen's University Belfast in September 2014.Interview Details
After applying online, I was invited to an online assessment skills test (this involved data input, typing, basic arithmetic etc.) which was fine. I was then shortlisted for interview. I'd like to share my experience with you. I hope Queen's see this and I hope that other candidates have a better experience than I did.
So, the interview. I met all of the criteria on the person spec. and had experience in every element of the job description. I was well prepared, having enlisted in the help of a family friend, a top HR lady who knows her stuff and, as an interviewer herself, knows what makes a good candidate and what a panel look for. I really wanted this role at Queen's, so I did everything possible to prepare as best I could.
While waiting in the lobby with a couple of other candidates, one of them was called into a room by a lovely lady; smiling, welcoming and friendly. I really wish I'd had her on my panel - I honestly think the experience, and the outcome, would have been very different. I was called by another lady who didn't have the same characteristics.
I was interviewed by a panel of 3 - one man and two women - one of which was the above who brought me into the room. The old cliches were true here; the man on the interview panel was warm and friendly, obviously wanting his interviewees to feel at ease, while the two women - well, I just got the impression from the offset that they did not take to me at all. Through the interview, they were looking at me in a strange sort of way, like they didn't believe what I was saying, which was pretty unsettling when I already felt nervous. Now I don't expect interviewers to be pally, but they actually came across as almost hostile here.
I was told there were immediate vacancies for both grades, as well as a reserve list being compiled. This reserve list was not capped, and to be honest I don't understand why I wasn't even given a place on this. To not get a place on an uncapped list would suggest I performed abysmally at interview, which was absolutely not the case. I definitely feel this was totally unjust - I am well experienced, answered all questions and provided plenty of relevant examples. The family friend who helped me advised they were excellent and I was an exceptional candidate; I think she would know better than the Personnel Officer on the panel who gave me the feedback I asked for post-rejection.
The feedback I received was simply untrue and irrelevant nonsense. I was very upset by it as I felt optimistic that I would have at least got a place on the list, but I know of someone who (unhappily) works there who describes the working environment as very clique-y and uppity, and I think I got a real feel for this through my interview. I truly don't think I would have received an offer or a place on the list no matter what I would have said or did, for whatever reason, I would love to know (the actual truth that is, not the nonsense 'feedback' they tried to fob me off with). I feel discriminated.
A very disappointing experience and treatment from what is supposed to be an "exceptional" university and workplace.Interview Questions
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Queen's University of Belfast, also known as Queen's, is one of the UK's top 20 research institutions. The university is organized into 20 schools, including biological sciences, education, geography, history, law, medicine, and pharmacy. Associate colleges St. Mary's University College and Stranmillis University College specialize in teacher's education. Queen's enrolls some 25,000 students. The school traces its roots to the 1845 founding of Queen's University; it became a freestanding university in 1908. Notable alumni include actor Liam Neeson and Mary McAleese, the...