When the University recruits new staff, candidates go through a fairly standard recruitment process that ultimately ends with a formal interview. Here at Lincoln, we ensure that a student is included as an official panel member. You will help ensure that all academic jobs with teaching duties, all senior management posts, and all support staff posts have the right people in place. These are the roles that impact your student experience the most, after all.
You will receive full training for the role, including interview techniques, equality and diversity training, and more! Once trained, you will join a network of other students and will be notified throughout the year of upcoming vacancies. You decide which panels you want to be a part of, so it's flexible around you! On average, Student Recruiters sit on 4 panels per year.
This opportunity is open to all students - there's nothing stopping you...
There are a number of benefits of getting involved. Not only will you gain loads of employability skills - helping to make you 'WorkReady' - but you'll also be able to brag about skills like:
Interview experience - see the whole process from a brand new perspective, and learn what defines a good or bad interview
Professionalism - this is a high-profile role in which you are taken seriously, working with a variety of staff
Broader knowledge of potential career paths - you learn first-hand about different job positions from across the whole University
Confidentiality - you will be privy to a lot of 'behind-the-scenes' conversations, and will be trained to respect procedures
Time management - you decide how much you want to be involved by fitting the scheme around your other commitments
Confidence - feel proud that your voice is heard
Each and every recruitment process is managed by the University's Human Resources department. They will be your first point of contact and can also put you in touch with whichever member of staff is chairing the interview panel. During your first assigned recruitment, a HR colleague will be able to walk you through the process and be there to answer any questions you may have.
"I would recommend this experience to anyone! Being an equal member on the panel means I get to see the whole process of interviews. The other panel members liked my questions for the candidates, seemeed to listen to what I had to say and took on board my thoughts and opinions when making the selection decisions. It's a good experience to learn more about the University, see how recruitment works, as well as the difference in what makes a good interview for different positions.
"For anyone new to the scheme, I would say do as many as you can. There is the option to meet someone else on the panel prior to it, just to feel more comfortable.
"I really value the experience of working in this professional environment and I have learned a lot more about potential career paths I might not have considered before."