Essex interview feedback 2019

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Essex interview feedback 2019

Post by mayakuhl23 » Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:14 am

Hi everyone

I applied to Essex and had an interview for the clinical doctorate course this year. I knew the interview didn't go well so I was not at all surprised when I wasn't offered a place. What did surprise me was the lack of feedback that I received. Firstly I had to request feedback and then received a 3 sentence email from them which I found to be incredibly vague and at complete odds with my perspective on my performance on the day. I requested some clarity on the feedback but never heard back. I've heard in previous years that they have offered proper feedback over the phone which leaves me wondering whether different candidates get differed levels of feedback which just seems downright unfair to me.....I was hoping to find out what people's feedback was like for those that interviewed this year?

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Re: Essex interview feedback 2019

Post by maven » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:25 pm

Why would you be surprised at needing to request feedback and being given a brief email response? I'd have thought that is more than most courses offer. They interview a lot of people!

And why on earth would it be "unfair" if different members of the panel give feedback in different ways, or they gave feedback differently to the previous year?

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Re: Essex interview feedback 2019

Post by Alex » Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:16 am

I am surprised at the level of entitlement that you have - you have been given feedback albeit brief, which considering how overstretched many courses are with managing general running of course and high number of interviewees, it is a miracle in itself! Some courses have no given feedback at all in certain years - when resource wise it has not been possible. It would be best to tolerate these feelings of unfairness now, as there can be a lot on the doctorate course such as placement allocations!

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Re: Essex interview feedback 2019

Post by ellie2603 » Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:43 am

Having been in this position myself I can sympathise, for a process where there is little direction or guidance throughout it can feel really frustrating to put so much into something, get so close and then still feel unsure on how to improve. It costs a lot of time, energy and money to attend interviews and, whilst I understand that courses are stretched, I think it is important to recognise how much it takes to put yourself through this. I believe it is respectful to applicants to give feedback on request after interview to help them understand their chances for the future. I don't think it necessarily needs to be long or detailed but a few pointers would suffice.
I have heard of courses giving phone calls with feedback and this suggests that it is possible to do. Obviously I am not privy to the goings on during selection but just wanted to suggest things from the applicants perspective.

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