Our latest contributor is BA (Hons) Banking and Finance student Andrew Munro who shares his hint and tips on making a good first impression at interview, as well as insights into his daily working life on placement at an NHS trust.
Where are you currently on placement and what is your placement role?
I am currently on placement at Central Manchester University Hospital Foundation Trust (CMFT).
My current role as a Finance Assistant is within the Income and Contracting team, in the Finance department.
What type of selection processes did you go through for your applications? For example, Psychometric tests, telephone or video interviews? Any tips for students currently searching?
Selection process for my role at CMFT was an online application, which the led to an interview. At the interview I had to do a small Excel task and then a presentation on myself.
The Excel task wasn’t too demanding, the hardest part was the presentation. I would recommend practising if you have to do any presentations at an interview as practising definitely helped me a lot.
What are your top tips for impressing at an interview or assessment day?
My first tip would be to dress smart, first impressions count.
Prepare for your interview do your research and don’t forget any materials that they ask you to bring.
I recently helped with the recruitment for next year’s placement students at CMFT. The ones who stood out were those who had done their research, and those who did not stand out were the ones with no prep.
Some also did not clock on that us placement students were also part of the interview process and were feeding back our opinions and what we learnt from those being interviewed, so try act professional for the full duration.
Previous experience will always looks good even if it is just a part time café job for instance; it shows you are willing to work.