Why Irish Universities Should Invest in Interviews of Medicine Candidates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“If I were to ask someone to list the qualities that they believe are central to being a good doctor, I imagine that they would most likely focus, in some form or another, on those relating to intelligence, dedication and personality. Naturally, you would therefore assume that the application procedures for medical courses nationally would assess candidates for such characteristics …” (more)

[Jake Gilchrist, University Times, 25 October]

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Any Questions?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2015 by steve

USA“Academic job interviews typically conclude with the interviewer(s) asking the candidate what questions he or she has about the position. It is a mistake to tell your interviewers you don’t have any questions – this can signal lack of preparedness and lack of interest …” (more)

[Melissa Dennihy, insidehighered, 6 March]


The interview as a student selection device – any good?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 20th, 2012 by steve

“How should a university decide which students to admit? Should it all be done on the basis of a formula, usually related to final school examination results? Or should there be a more detailed assessment, perhaps including interviews? …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 20 April]

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‘Interview techniques should be taught at third level’

Posted in Life on April 19th, 2010 by steve

“College students should be taught interview techniques to bridge a ‘major gap’ between academic qualifications and their ability to get a job. The recommendations were made by Graduate Careers Ireland, which represents careers officers in third-level institutions …” (more)

[John Walshe, Independent, 19 April]

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Preparing for the Non-Academic Interview

Posted in Life on May 30th, 2009 by steve

USA“Making the transition from an academic to a non-academic career involves confronting stereotypes about academics. When I was contemplating my first non-academic job I interviewed people in the profession I was considering to discover how to effectively make the career switch. During one interview the person I was interviewing told me, ‘You don’t sound like someone with a Ph.D.’ When I asked for clarification, she said, ‘You talk like a normal person.’ I didn’t get defensive when she said this. She wasn’t trying to be rude – she was just reacting to her perceptions of Ph.D.s …” (more)

[Christine Kelly, Inside Higher Ed, 29 May]