The application process
If you've been in your role for a long time, you might be a little rusty on applications - particularly if there's an academic element. Since this is a competitive process though, it's important that you're at your best. To make sure you're prepared to show us what you can do, here's where you'll find out everything you need to know about the application process.
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Why we applied
You're embarking on something big, so it's good to find out from the people who came before you. But why did our current cohort apply? Let's find out.
Step 1: Your initial application
To formally register your interest in the programme, the first thing you’ll do is fill in your application form on Taleo. Whilst this stage might feel like a bit of a formality, please bear with us. It means that we have a definitive list of everyone who wants to apply and can start the process of finding the best and brightest applicants.
Step 2: The critical reasoning test and personality profile
Next up, you’ll take on two online tests: the Critical Reasoning Test and the Personality Profile.
The Critical Reasoning Test will tell us about your problem solving and decision-making skills, and how you personally balance accuracy versus working speed. The assessment is time recorded, not time limited. You can spend as long as you like on the assessment, though your accuracy and time taken to respond to each question will contribute to your overall performance. We’d recommend that you leave at least 45 minutes to do this, making sure you have a strong internet connection before you start.
The Personality Profile gives you the chance to show us the way you tend to behave. We’ll present you with a series of very brief scenarios, with two responses to choose from on a sliding scale. You’ll use the slider to tell us truthfully which sounds more like you. You won’t need any experience or previous knowledge: this is all about finding out how you respond to work situations. Again, we’d recommend you have a strong internet connection before you start, leaving at least 25 minutes to complete the test.
Step 3: The written assignment
If you’re successful in the online assessment stages, you’ll be sent a brief for your 1,500-word written assignment. You’ll be posed a question related to the course – for example, about your definition of leadership – and you’ll be asked to answer it from your own point of view and experience. You’ll also be expected to look up some basic academic theory around whatever question you’re posed, and reference that thinking in your answer. All this might seem onerous, but it doesn’t have to be perfect – we just want to get an idea of how you’ll approach academia. It also gives you a useful opportunity to see how studying suits you.
If you haven’t written an academic essay before though, or it’s been a while, don't panic. You’ll find some hints and tips in our application preparation guide