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I have been working at University of Reading
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Salary entry level and few vacancies.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at University of Reading (Reading, England (UK)) in March 2015.
Applied and was invited to interview. I was asked to deliver a 5 minute presentation for which I researched and prepared two weeks prior to interview. I was so excited to have been given the opportunity to work for such a respected university and was quietly confident as I had prepared so much and had all the skills/requirements/experience they were looking for. When I got to the campus I was asked to park in a specific location but someone else had parked there so I was directed to another car park on the other side of the campus and had to walk ten minutes - I got there just in time.
There were three people on the panel and all were very warm, welcoming and friendly. However the whole time I was being interviewed all of them constantly looked at the clock which was very off-putting and made me very nervous. Including the presentation I was in and out of the room within half an hour which completely shocked me - for a grade 6 position you'd expect an hour at the least. I was told I might hear by the end of the day (Tuesday) and definitely by the end of the week. I heard nothing until the following Thursday and got a brief email thanking me for attending but they'd offered the position to someone else. It totally knocked my confidence as it felt as if they'd decided in the first few seconds that they didn't want me - friends said it sounded like they had already earmarked someone for it.
Either way it was an upsetting experience. Interviewers don't seem to understand how much effort, time and money (taking time off work, weeks of preparation and a new suit in my case!) candidates spend on interviews. To treat someone so poorly is insulting at best, confidence-crushing at worst. I hope they read this and treat future interviewees with a bit more respect.
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The University of Reading is one of the top 10 research-rich universities in the UK. The institution, which has more than 17,500 undergraduate and graduate students, is also recognized internationally for its teaching. The main Whiteknights campus is the center of the university while the smaller London Road Campus is the original site of the school. Reading offers studies in a variety of subjects in arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. The university was founded by Christ Church, Oxford in 1892 and received a royal charter in 1926. In 2008 the school merged...