University Lecturer English Literatue 1500-1700
The panel of three people (Head of School, two subject specialists) each took turns leading the interview. HOS started with general 'why did you apply for this post', 'what can you bring to the role?', 'detail your past teaching experience' questions. The first subject specialist then questioned teaching practices in more detail (style, nature of teaching, students being taught) with a focus on teaching to first years.Finally, the second subject specialist questioned my research background. It should have lasted half an hour but ran to fifty minutes.
Most difficult question
The most difficult question asked for details of a 20 minute conference paper that I delivered 5 years ago and couldn't remember much about. Fortunately, whilst talking about current research I managed to be far more engaging and they seemed genuinely excited by my current project.
The campus is a difficult place to navigate (even with google maps) - give yourself a lot of time to find locations. With it being summer, there weren't even that many people around to ask for directions, and independent departments mean lots of people working there won't know where different academic schools are because they don't need to.
Experiences at the assessment centre
- Group / Panel
- Senior Management
- Verbal reasoning
- Assessment centre
- Group exercise
- Background check
- Competency based questions