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24 hours until your interview...

It is 24 hours until your healthcare job interview and a mixture of nerves and excitement are starting to kick in. It’s all too easy to forget some of the more obvious preparations and so we’ve pulled together some useful pointers to help!

Plan your travel

Your interview might well be at a location you are familiar with, but if it’s not, you’ll want to know how long it’s going to take you to get there. There are many sites that’ll give you an ETA, but the ‘Plan my route’ function on Google Maps is particularly good. Its colour-coded system will tell you where there is congestion during your journey. It also takes into account planned road closures. 

If you can, taking a test-run at roughly the same time the day before will give you a realistic idea of the travel time. Don’t forget, if your interview is at a hospital and coincides with patient visiting times, you’ll also need to factor this in. 

Last minute prep

Review the questions you think you’re likely to be asked, and the responses you’ve already planned - download and print out our Sanctuary Health interview preparation tool where you can write down your answers. 

Remind yourself of your professional history and how it relates to the role; especially if you have experience within a specific area of health that sets you apart from other interviewees. If you’re interviewing for Radiography jobs, for example, focus on areas where you have excelled in Radiography and how that has impacted patient care.

You’ll also need to be able to talk about what motivates you: Why did you enter your profession? What do you like most and least about it? Where do you see yourself in five years time? How do you handle stressful situations and difficult people? What makes you the best candidate for the role? You’ll want to feel comfortable with your responses although try not to memorise them.

Ask a friend to go over possible questions with you, or, even better, do this with somebody else who works in healthcare. If you’re preparing for interviews for imaging jobs or sonography jobs and have contacts who work in these specialised fields, you will get better feedback from a mock interview with them than with someone who doesn’t, however much they want to help.
You can also check out our blog on how to provide stand-out answers at interview for some more tips.  

Choose your outfit

You’ll want to avoid being caught in two minds over wardrobe choices on the day, so pick out what you’re going to wear beforehand. Remember, employers will expect you to dress smartly, although this doesn’t necessarily mean a formal suit. 

Whatever you select, you’ll want to make sure what you’ve chosen hasn’t been snagged or doesn’t need ironing otherwise you’ll be adding to your list of things to do before setting off.  

What to take on the day

Your dedicated Sanctuary consultant will advise you on what you must take along with you for interview, but generally you should take:
  • A copy of your DBS certificate 
  • Photo ID (e.g. passport or driving licence)
  • Details of the person that you must ask for upon arrival
  • The job description and person specification
  • Exam certificates, examples of your work, and any further evidence of your past successes
  • A bottle of water
  • Money
  • Pen and notepad
  • Your mobile phone

Enjoy your interview

Now you can relax; enjoy the interview and sharing your achievements – remember you're already on the shortlist, making you a suitable candidate for the role. 

For more information on how to successfully prepare for your interview, visit our Career Centre or speak with your dedicated Sanctuary Health consultant. 

Good luck!

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