There are several things that you should keep note of when conducting yourself during the recruitment process. These are not only essential in getting recruited but also important to really know how you can contribute to PPI London. These tips are shared with the intent of not only maximising your chances of being recruited but also ensuring you understand why you are applying for recruitment.
This account of PPI London is provided by Stella van Herry, a Secretary of PPI London 2020/2021, and Mutiara Ayu Shakira, a second year Bsc Politics and International Relations student at University College London and a Secretary of PPI London 2020/2021.
- Choose your preferred team/department and craft your motivational answers accordingly!
PPI London has, in total, 10 team divisions you can join into. Make sure to research the different job descriptions and programs of each respective departments (you can also reach out to the secretariat for more information), and decide which one you want to be a part of!
Some departments receive higher interest from applicants, and thus are more competitive. If you have a strong preference for a department, make sure you show this in your motivational answers! Be specific about your work and achievements, and tell the recruiters why you want to be a part of this department. For instance, if you’re keen on joining the Community Service department, you can write about your volunteer/fundraising experiences and this will be a plus point! Moreover, the Creative Media department will require you to showcase your portfolio, so make sure to keep that in mind and prepare all the administrative requirements well!
But don’t worry, everyone applying will be considered, and even if you don’t get into your first choice, our recruiters will allocate you to one that fits your experiences and skills perfectly!
They will take a look at your CV and get to know more about you during your interview!
- Prepare your CV and be yourself!
A lot of students applying to PPI London are first-year undergraduates. We understand that being straight out of high school, you may not have encountered a lot of situations in which you were asked to create a CV. However, please don’t let this demotivate you! We’re not looking for the perfect CV, but we’re looking to allocate you to the best department that aligns well with your skills, experiences, and interests!
Just be yourself and be honest! For instance, if you don’t have previous design experiences but still want to join the Creative Media department, this is completely fine! Your achievements will still be considered extremely valuable to the team, and you can start working on a couple of simple designs to submit to PPI London. During the interview, you can then defend your interest and tell us why you want to join the design team even with no prior experiences (I’m sure you have strong reasons for this!).
Finally, our recruiters are students like you, so we understand that you may want to explore and go out of your comfort zones. Therefore, in your CVs, just be yourself, and in the interview, defend your interests!
3. Prove that you’re a team player!
PPI London needs a team player who can work great in teams and communicate well with each member! Make sure to tell your interviewer that you are qualified for this, because PPI London is essentially a students organization run by students for students – we want to grow and prosper together as a team and would like for you to have that team spirit as well!
Lastly, just have fun! Again, this is a students organization. As long as you’re a student studying in London and have fulfilled all the administrative requirements, we want you to be a part of PPI London! We’re all super excited when a new recruitment cycle gets opened and are all looking forward to meeting new faces in our team.
Good luck, and make sure to apply to the 2021 cycle!
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