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BHBIA

FAQ - Best Newcomer

Deciding whether to enter

Q. If I apply and am eligible will I definitely get a place even if there are a lot of applicants?

A.

If the number of entrants exceeds the capacity of the event, the BOBI Committee would look to ensure that all those applicants who have close to 3 years' experience are able to take part as they will not have another chance to win this award. Applicants with less experience - who would still be eligible to take part next year - might be asked to step down and apply again next time. However we have never yet had to turn down any eligible applicants and do not expect to. (as long as companies stick to the limit of 2 entrants/company).

Q. I work in an agency and I’ve heard that some of the tasks are based on areas of work that are more relevant to clients. Will this put me at a disadvantage?

A.

The range of tasks is carefully designed to ensure that this is not the case. Some of the exercises cover ground that may be slightly more familiar to those on the client side, but this is balanced by other tasks in areas that may be more familiar to agency people. 

Q. I work in sales analytics and I am concerned that the exercises may be strongly market research focused. Will I still be able to make a meaningful contribution?

A.

Yes. The exercises will be planned so that applicants in all types of BI roles will be able to take part. They will not rely on specific knowledge or experience, as we recognise that people's job roles vary greatly. In some cases you may have a choice of an analytics-focussed or MR-focussed version of the task.

Everyone will find that some of the tasks play to their strengths and others are more challenging, and whilst different people find different elements harder, it tends to even out across the whole day.

Q. I work in a fieldwork company so I don't have much exposure to the whole MR spectrum - will I still be able to compete?

A.

Yes. The exercises will be planned so that applicants in all types of BI roles will be able to take part. They will not rely on specific knowledge or experience, as we recognise that people's job roles vary greatly.

We have recently updated the exercises to make them more relevant for people in fieldwork companies and last year's fieldwork entries were very positive about their experience of taking part.

Everyone will find that some of the tasks play to their strengths and others are more challenging, and whilst different people find different elements harder, it tends to even out across the whole day.

Q. Do I have to be in a UK business intelligence role?

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Your role should impact on UK business. If there is a global element to the role this is OK, as long as it involves significant UK work.

Q. I spent a year in consumer market research before moving into pharma, and have been in my current pharma BI role for 2.5 years. Am I still eligible?

A.

Sorry, no. Someone in this situation is not eligible as they have 3.5 years BI experience. The 3-year rule applies to total time in business intelligence, whether or not this is in pharma/healthcare. Entrants must have no more than 3 years' total BI experience in any type of organisation (at 31st December).

Q. I spent a year in business intelligence, then moved into a field sales role for a 2-year secondment and have now been back in BI for the last year. Am I eligible?

A.

Yes. As long as someone has no more than 3 years TOTAL BI experience (at 31st December) they can apply. It does not matter if their BI experience has been split up and therefore extends over a longer period. 

Q. I have previously worked in a fieldwork company, managing logistics - e.g. recruitment and sampling, does this count towards the 3 years BI experience?

A.

 Yes it does. The BHBIA recognises fieldwork as an integral part of the market research process and as such it counts towards your total business intelligence experience. Indeed we now regularly welcome Best Newcomer entrants who are currently working in fieldwork companies.

So, if your total time in BI, including the time spent in fieldwork roles, is more than 3 years you won't be eligible (you may like to consider entering the BOBI Challenge instead!)

Q. I will be on holiday on the day the competition takes place. Can I still apply?

A.

Sorry, no. You must be available on that date.

Q. I am about to move into a new role outside business intelligence. Can I still apply?

A.

Sorry, no. You must still be working in a business intelligence role on the day of the competition.

Q. Can I apply if I have taken part in the Best Newcomer Awards in previous years?

A.

Sorry, no. Candidates will only really benefit from taking part in this event once. We would advise you to consider entering the BOBI Challenge as part of a team instead (The BOBI Challenge runs every two years)!

The Best Newcomer competition

Q. Do I need to prepare anything in advance of the day and how much time will this take?

A.

No. There is no requirement for any advance preparation. We will email entrants a few weeks before with full details of timings, how to get there and anything you need to bring (e.g. we usually ask people to bring a laptop and pocket calculator).

Q. Will I be ‘put on the spot’ in front of colleagues and clients/suppliers?

A.

The competition is based on individual exercises so you will only be presenting to the judges (one or two judges at a time) or completing tasks on your own. None of the other entrants will be aware of how you have performed in any of the tasks.

Q. Will I have a chance to catch up on my emails during the day?

A.

We strongly suggest that you don’t come with any expectations of getting any other work done. It will be an intense day and you will probably want to take advantage of the opportunity to relax over lunch and network with colleagues from across the industry.

Q. Will I get feedback on my performance?

A.

Yes, the judges will record their comments and scores for each task and you will get detailed personal feedback to help with your development.

Q. Will I find out if I have a good chance of winning, as it may help me to persuade my boss to allow me to attend the Conference and BOBI Awards Ceremony?

A.

We won’t be revealing who the winner might be until the Awards night.

However, we appreciate that it can be difficult for companies to prioritise who attends the Conference (and normally people have to attend at least one day of the Conference to come to the Awards). We have now introduced a new ticket type specially for those taking part in the Best Newcomer Awards: Entrants will have the option to purchase a ‘dinner only’ ticket (with or without accommodation). 

We hope that this will allow a majority of entrants to be there on the night, as well as maximising the chance of the winner being present to collect their award. Of course it would be even better if you can convince your boss to let you attend the whole Conference!

Q. What if I come bottom? I don’t think I want to risk being the one to win the ‘wooden spoon’

A.

Only the winner and close runners-up will be announced publicly. Beyond this, no rankings will be publicised.

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