Today was some what a stressful day. Over the past week, I’ve been having headaches and pushing back preparation for this dreaded interview. Luckily, I spent about 3-2 days of interview preparation for a Research Technician post at Imperial College London, Charing Cross Hospital.
When I first received an email from Imperial College London, I was surprised, shocked, and basically in dis-belief. My parents weren’t too happy with me – seeing how surprised I was to get the interview, because of my low confidence/self-esteem. They were ecstatic for me to get this post, hence the added pressure to do well on the looming interview. Although, I had secured a post as a Healthcare assistant at a nearby Hospital, of which I pleased about, I would love to dabble in laboratory work. I’ve always been interested in research because how innovative, creative and inspiring the field is. Working in such an environment, where individuals strive for excellence is nothing more than inspiring.
You would think I would have expressed all of this in my interview, but I didn’t. I think the pressure, stress, and slight anxiety got to me. I answered questions to my best of ability at that time, but realised I missed key things that would have definitely boosted my chances. My interview was lovely, but brief (10-15 minutes). I wish I had elaborated more on my experiences, especially in research. I wouldn’t take this experience as a negative experience, but a learning curve. That’s the upside of having as much interviews as possible – you take away things to improve on, and you can only go up from there.
I am yet to hear back from Imperial on how I’ve done. I’m not feeling so confident, as there were many other candidates vying for the position. All well deserving of it I’m sure. But so am I. I have the experience, and I am someone who takes great pride in their work. I definitely strive for excellence, and I’m always looking to improve on myself by learning from those around me. All in all, I am happy, whatever the outcome. I know that by the grace and favour of God all things are POSSIBLE.
Interview Preparation Tips:
- Preparation is KEY. Read up on the company/organisation
- “Why are you applying for this role at this company/organisation, and why do you think you are suited for this role”
- Read the job/person specification given; read about key words on the specification to familiarise yourself to unknown terms
- Practice the general questions
- Identify the skills and experiences required for the job
- Get plenty of sleep
- Stay confident!
If you’ve got interviews coming up, I wish you all the best of luck!
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.