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iBioMed students share tips on completing the supplementary applicationJanuary 27, 2020

The supplementary application deadline is just around the corner. As a result, we asked current iBioMed students to share their insights on completing the supp app.

The supplementary application is a required part of the application process when applying to iBioMed. We understand that there can be a lot of questions when preparing for the supp app. That's why we asked current iBioMed students to share insights from when they were completing their applications

Here are a few things you should know first:

It will consist of 4 questions (3 video responses and 1 written response), and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Unlimited practice sessions are available for video responseshowever, once you begin your formal video interview, you will only get one opportunity to answer each question. For each video response you will receive 1 minute to prepare your answer and 2 minutes to verbally respond to your question. For the written response you will have 10 minutes to complete your answer from the time you receive the question. How you respond to these questions is an opportunity for you to show us how you project yourself in-person and in writing under a time restraint.

And, here's what our students had to say...

What kind of questions were asked to you in your supplementary application? 

“The questions I was asked revolved around teamwork and skills I developed for myself. “ 
-Fatima Gafoor, Level 1 iBioMed student

“The questions were mostly about collaboration, group work and creativity.” 
- Matt Wilker, Level 1 iBioMed student

“They were mostly about time management, communication skills and analytical thinking” 
-Negar Goodarzynejad, Level 1 iBioMed student

“The importance of extra-curricular in school and dealing with moral dilemmas” 
-Rebecca Gysbers, Civil and Biomedical Engineering (Level 3) 

How did you respond to these questions? 

I stressed the importance of learning new skills that can’t be learned in the classroom”  
- Rebecca Gysbers, Civil and Biomedical Engineering (Level 3) 

“I reflected on my experiences prior to the interview to use as examples” 
- Matt 
Wilker, Level 1 iBioMed student

“I planned out my response to make sure to give an example and reflect upon that example and connect it back to the question.” 
- Fatima 
Gafoor, Level 1 iBioMed student

“I backed up my assertions with real life examples. I tried to be as honest and genuine as possible.” 
- Negar 
Goodarzynejad, Level 1 iBioMed student

 How did you prepare for the video interview? 

“I used the practice option for about a month to get familiar with the questions and the timing.” 
- Negar 
Goodarzynejad, Level 1 iBioMed student

“I practiced with the sample interview questions beforehand” 
-Rebecca 
Gysbers, Civil and Biomedical Engineering (Level 3) 

“I researched possible questions so I had some ideas during the interview.” 
- Matt 
Wilker, Level 1 iBioMed student

“Practice, practice, practice! I practiced video interviews weeks before leading up to my interview.” 
- Fatima 
Gafoor, Level 1 iBioMed student

 How did the written and video questions differ? 

“The video application was more about soft skills while my written application was about my opinion on an aspect of innovation.” 
- Negar 
Goodarzynejad, Level 1 iBioMed student

“The written application was more critical thinking oriented.” 
- Rebecca 
Gysbers, Civil and Biomedical Engineering (Level 3) 

“The video questions were shorter and prompted short responses; the written questions allowed you to think and reflect more.” 
- Fatima 
Gafoor, Level 1 iBioMed student

Share any other tips or comments that might help future iBioMeds 

“Practice for the interview, and have confidence in your answers.” 
- Negar 
Goodarzynejad, Level 1 iBioMed student 

"Put googly eyes beside your camera, it will help you to make eye contact and avoid looking at yourself on the screen." 
- Rebecca 
Gysbers, Civil and Biomedical Engineering (Level 3) 

“Do not stress over what you think is a bad interview, everyone thought this after, yet we still got in!” 
- Matt 
Wilker, Level 1 iBioMed student

“Practice your video interview skills weeks before the actual interview!” 
- Fatima 
Gafoor, Level 1 iBioMed student

If you still have questions, the supp app is facilitated through KIRA Talent. Check out their website for more tips and tricks on how to ace your supp app. Good luck!