In just a couple of days I will be doing my interview for the PCP program and for the BC Ambulance Service. Prepping for interviews is A LOT of work. Especially if you are like me where I’ve never really had an “official” interview before. All my other jobs involved casual interviews, or getting hired from volunteering, or from hook-ups = no interviews, or the one time where I just “winged” it and not surprisingly, didn’t get the job.
To prepare, I did some research on the internet and wrote down 65 common questions that are likely to be asked for a paramedic position, I also did research on the organization. I knew that the interview will be a behavioural or STAR based interview (where I have to use personal experiences to answer the question). So I started digging into the encyclopedia of my life, only to find that someone had ripped out pages. I spent a good deal of my time locating those missing pages, picking at my brain. After several days, I managed to put together a 14 page encyclopedia of stories. Next step involved rehearsing the stories and to be able to pull them out as if it all happened yesterday.
Okay maybe I’m going overboard with my prep work, but I really want to get into the PCP program and I also want to get into BCAS… and not just get in, but to be ranked near the top. Another reason for all the prep work was to quench my nervousness, I found that by preparing (similar to what I do for university exams), it gives me confidence. I am now more excited than nervous and I look forward to seeing what questions they’ll hurl at me.
For those who are interested about the PCP program interview/assessment:
The interview for the PCP program is new. Our group will be the first lab rats to go through the new selection process. According to my friend who did her interview yesterday, there are a total of 80 seats available in BC for the PCP program with JIBC, and only 20 seats are available at the New Westminster campus (the campus I want to get into). Each candidate will be graded on a written and cognitive test, which is worth 40%, and 60% will be based on the interview. From your marks, you will be ranked out of all of BC. The people who land at the top of the list will get first choice on their preferred campus. If you don’t like the choices they give you and your prime choice of campus is taken. They will allow you to defer (only once) your entry to the next registration.
This all sounds like a good challenge, especially since the number of applicants this year is higher than ever. Nervous yet? 😉