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    Uni Interview Advice

    Okay I have a interview for a Job at a Uni working as a Web and Systems Assistant, this post has a high salary and I suspect I will be interviewing against Graduates and the like.

    The Job Advert is as Follows:
    Required to provide day to day administration and devolpment of the departments IT systems, e business solutions, user support, and training, as well as devoloping and maintaining the department's communication through it's website.

    Previous relevant experiance is essential, as well as the ability to handle enquiries from internal customers as a first point of contact.
    The other documents talk about Project Managment, a lead role in a web project, Microsoft Access experiance, working with the Business Systems Manager (strangly not anyone else), and using new systems (facebook, bebo etc) to further communication.

    Sounds like an amazing job TBH

    The questions I have are:
    1. What typical questions do Uni's ask? What would you expect? (the panel is the Business Systems Manager and a HR Exec)

    2. I suspect there will be a practical test what you reckon will be on (I suspect it will be more webby/Microsoft accessy than usual)

    3. I need to brush up on Access this week any recommendations?

    4. Anyone used PAMS/KINETICS? Whats it like, any querks that I could mention?

    5. Thers a pratical test, what do you reackon this will involve (I suspect it will be more webby/access based than the usual)
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    If Access is mentioned, I would imagine that this has to do with the ability to pull data from Access and present it in a webby front end. Converse is true, seen a lot of unis and colleges using webby front ends for data input.

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    Anyone know the typical questions university's ask? I know some of you work in them, so you must of had a interview

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    I have had several interviews at universities (one today! ) and would say do not focus too much on technical issues, but rather on what you can bring to the role and make sure you sell yourself! (of course if they get technical then you can go down that road).

    I find that you will likely get a panel with a Senior Manager, who has an overview of the role only, a HR person purely to make sure procedure is followed, your line manager who will likely ask the most questions and perhaps a non managerial technical specialist as well.

    Be prepared for some sort of test / exam. Also think of some questions to ask them.

    For project management see PRINCE2 its the internationally recognised standard.
    [ame]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PRINCE2[/ame]
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    I got it, YAYAYAYAYAY. Just got to phone them on Monday to confirm I want it and I start as soon as I can.

    The interview was really odd... but I had a good interview tips sheet which I will put in the wiki when i can.

    p.s Thank You to anyone that helped (in particularly Witch)

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    Well done!
    Definitely the pompoms
    I'm glad I could be of some help

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