By joining the Cancer Research UK  you not only will work on your career, but also help to beat the cancer sooner. Cancer Research  schemes are ranked no. 2 on the Guardian 300 best employers list.

Cancer Research has a reputation for being a hugely diverse organisation offering the best University leaders a career in 5 different sectors: Fundraising and Marketing, Finance, Policy, Information and Communications, Scientific Strategy and Funding, Technology.

You can find  the details about Cancer Research Application Process below:


Cancer Research Application Process

There are usually 4 stages in the Cancer Research Application Process:

Stage 1: Online Application

Stage 2: Telephone/ Skype Interview (optional for some streams)

Stage 3: First Assessment Centre

  • Group Exercise
  • Written Assignment
  • Interview


Stage 4: Second Assessment Centre

  •  Psychometric Assessments
  •  Presentation
  •  Interview


Cancer Research Telephone / Skype Interview

Telephone interviews can be daunting. Especially, when someone lacks the confidence to talk to strangers on the phone. The awareness of this conversation being the first interaction with someone from the Cancer Research UK only makes it even more stressful. So it’s important to know how to snap out of that nervousness.

It’s a blunt thing to say, but as you might know, the only way to overcome this is to prepare beforehand. You need to take advantage of the time given, rather than approaching this as a casual conversation!

During your first Cancer Research Interview you will be asked a series of motivational and strengths based questions, so it’s good to revise your Online Application and have some answers ready beforehand!  The interview shouldn’t take longer than 40 minutes and will be conducted by 2 assessors.

Cancer Research Telephone/ Skype Interview has been known to be optional for the following streams : HR, Scientific Strategy & Funding, Fundraising and Marketing. You will be briefed by Cancer Research on the interview process to confirm this.


Cancer Research UK Assessment Centre

If you managed to give all the right answers in your Telephone/ Skype Interview you will be asked to attend an assessment centre day, which is going to be a full day.

The Cancer Research Assessment Centre is usually a mix of individual and group activities. The exercises will differ depending on the Graduate Scheme you are applying for, but it is recommended to be well prepared for both scenarios in order to truly stand out from the crowd.The Assessment Centre will be divided into parts. You have to pass both to get in.

During the Assessment Day, you will also have a chance to learn more about the company culture and get some  inside info from the current Graduates.

Group Exercise –  These exercises will vary,  but the general skills that the assessors are looking for is a good balance between teamwork and leadership skills. You might want everyone in the room to see your great leadership skills, but approach the group exercise rather as a test of your collaborative and teamwork abilities than a show of a directorship. The most common way of verifying these skills is through a group discussion on a divisive topic of or a scenario of hypothetical difficulties the company is facing.

Written Exercise – you will be asked to write at least one report based on the plethora of reading you would be supplied with. The trick is to analyze the information pack, carefully but quickly. At this stage it is important that you have understood the company’s culture and your chosen division thoroughly.

Interview –   Cancer Research UK Interviews are usually standard competency based, panel interviews during which you will have to chat with talent sponsors from the relevant area of the business. Thorough research on the desired values and behaviors is absolutely compulsory if you want to outshine other candidates at this stage.


Cancer Research Psychometric Tests  and Assessment Final Stage

This will be a second part of the Assessment Day, exclusive for the top candidates. Assessment Final Stage will involve a series of the following complementary individual exercises :

Presentation –  This stage could take two forms.  You might be given a topic to research and prepare your presentation beforehand, or you will be supplied with materials during the actual assessment centre and have limited time to prepare. Anyhow, it is important that you practice your presentation skills. If you are not a born speaker and feel like you could use a little bit more advice, you can check the Assessment Centre Guide, for more useful tips.

Interview –  this will be an additional interview with senior talent sponsors from the relevant area of the business.

Cancer Research Psychometric Test  – psychometric tests are a key component of  Cancer Research Application Process. Depending on the Graduate Program route the candidates are taking, they might be required to sit Numerical Reasoning Tests, Verbal Reasoning Test, Diagrammatic/ Logical Reasoning Test.

Cancer Research Numerical Reasoning Test

The multiple – choice Cancer Research Numerical Test assesses your ability to evaluate, analyze, and interpret numerical information that will be provided to you in charts, graphs, and tables. You will have limited time to find a correct answer, so all the calculations like percentages, ratios, and basic arithmetic should be executed quickly and accurately.

We know that you can do it, but If you really want to master the Cancer Research Numerical Test  – it can be easily learned through our online tests and video tutorials available on the website.


Cancer Research Verbal Reasoning Test

Cancer Research Verbal Reasoning Test comprises a series of paragraphs which you will be required to read and a set of questions matching the information provided in paragraphs. Your answer options will be True, False or Cannot Tell.

Cancer Research Verbal Reasoning Test is a timed assessment aimed at checking your comprehension and understanding skills during which you will be required to do a fair amount of reading, so make sure you will be sitting them in a place where you can focus.

By presenting you with the Cancer Research Online Verbal Reasoning Tests, the talent acquisition team wants to verify your understanding of the written word, as well as your dexterity when it comes to filtering out the key information from a bulk of the text. To understand, why you actually need to pass this test, please take a moment and imagine a pile of emails residing in your future Inbox, waiting to be read, replied and acted accordingly.  Not easy, huh?

To get the necessary confidence and speed up things, practice some similar tests to the Cancer Research Verbal Reasoning Tests now.


Cancer Research Diagrammatic/ Logical Reasoning Test

These tests will assess your sequence and pattern identification skills, logical thinking and ability to approach a problem and how good you are at solving it.  But be careful –  it’s easier said than done. You have a limited time to do it – a minute or less per question. The difficulty of questions is also likely to increase gradually. Therefore, good timing is vital.

Questions are comprised of numbers, figures, and shapes arranged in a particular pattern. Your task as the brainy Cancer Research employee -to – be,  is to deduce the underlying logic of patterns presented to you  in an exercise and guess what is next to follow.

To know how to correctly identify the missing steps, you need to practice these tests like a demon – so try now, to avoid regrets in the future.


Application Process

Stage 1: Online Application
Stage 2: Telephone / Skype Interview
Stage 3: First Assessment Centre
Stage 4: Second Assessment Centre




Prepare for your CANCER RESEARCH UK tests

  • Practice Numerical Reasoning Tests

  • Practice Verbal Reasoning Tests

  • Practice Diagrammatic Reasoning Tests

  • Practice Situational Judgement Tests

  • Practice Assessment Centre Tests

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