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I have been working at Cambridge University Press full-time
Good working environment. Excellent perks. Excellent location. Study support. Supportive team. Strong values.
Procedure heavy. So many internal procedures.
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Cambridge University Press (Cambridge, East of England, England) in January 2018.
The closing date for applications was at the beginning of the month, and it stated on the advert that interviews would be held during one particular week. Once that week came and went I assumed I hadn't got through to the interview, but I did receive an invite the week after. This surprised me and I am still not sure why they decided to interview me so late, but my best guess is it was to fulfil their quota or other requirements to show they had considered "all candidates". The interview was fairly straightforward, only 40 minutes with a panel and it was very comfortable. They asked the questions they had on paper but also went into a chat with me about the CMS I use in my current job and whether I thought it was good or not. I thought the interview went well but when I hadn't heard back from them the next working day I knew I wasn't receiving an offer. They emailed me three working days after the interview with a template about how the successful candidate had a "better skill set suited to the position".
Thinking back on it, it is very clear that the hiring managers will have decided who they wanted before they interview anyone, or at the very least before the interviewed me. The competition for an Editorial Assistant role at Cambridge University Press is so high and it seems there will always be someone better than you. I wouldn't recommend applying or attending an interview unless you have at least 3-4 years experience in a similar role, unfortunately I took a day's holiday from my current job to attend an interview for a role I was never going to get.
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