The 360 degree interview experience

Today marked a first for the Careers department when we ran the pilot of the Alumni mock interview workshops.

The workshops are designed for current students to give them an idea of what it is like to be on both sides of the interview table, as recruiter and as candidate, and to get a chance to talk to a SOAS Alumnus currently working in an interesting role.

Steve Lipscombe (BA Modern & Classical Chinese, 2010) who heads a team for the BBC’s NGO (Media Action) came in to chair the interview panel, supported by a member of the SOAS Careers team.

Each student attending the workshop took it in turns to be  a member of the interview panel, the candidate, or to complete a typical interview in-tray exercise.

Candidates were given feedback on their interview at the end of it, and some practical tips from Steve and the Careers Service at the end of the workshop.

All attendees found the experience really useful, particularly the opportunity to be part of the interview panel and also the practical, real-life advice from Steve, who was in their position not so long ago.

“Extremely helpful! A nice small-sized workshop.”

“Got really practical advice”

“I think it was very useful to be the interviewer for one session, to understand the perspective of the employer. Thanks a lot!”

“Very useful experience, especially for those with not much similar experience”

Steve is also part of the ‘Take an Alum for Coffee’ scheme, where you can buy him a coffee and find out more about his career path, so if you’d like to know more then take a look here.

And if this has whetted your appetite, why not book yourself onto the next session?

Philippa Hewett