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Interview Technique

A few tips on how to prepare and what to expect


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Here are our top six tips for creating a good impression at an interview and giving you the best chance of securing the job.

  1. Do your homework

    Find out as much as you can about the organisation, department and position. Make sure you read carefully any information sent to you, including job descriptions and staff policies. Back this up with research on the internet. Showing that you have used your initiative and found out as much as you can about your potential employer is sure to impress the interview panel.

  2. Be prepared

    Think about the sort of questions you may be asked. Consider how you can expand on the information you have supplied on your application form. Have some questions ready. Asking no questions could give the impression you aren't interested in the job or the organisation.

  3. Role-play

    Get a friend to do a mock interview with you. It’s good practice and you'll be able to identify key areas of weakness, as well as gaining useful feedback.

  4. Be natural

    Try to be yourself. You should appear open and enthusiastic as well as presenting a positive, professional image. Make sure you smile and maintain eye contact!

  5. Listen

    Don't let your mind wander. Concentrate on the questions and don't be afraid to ask for clarification if there's something you don't understand.

  6. Be honest but positive

    Tell the truth, but try to turn negatives into positives. If you have had a bad experience, say so, but emphasise how it has helped you to develop as a health professional.

Some typical interview questions

Every interview is different and it's impossible to compile an exhaustive list of questions you may be asked. However, we've put together a few typical examples:

Why were you attracted to this particular career?

What are the key challenges faced by a person in this role?

How do you keep your professional skills and knowledge up to date?

Are you aware of our trust's policy on (a) infection control (b) continuing professional development (c) child safeguarding?

What do you anticipate will be the key changes in your profession over the next few years?

What are your main strengths and weaknesses?

Why do you want to work for this particular trust/ hospital/ healthcare provider?

What are your short, medium and long-term goals?

Why do you want to leave (or did you leave) your current/previous job?

How do you deal with stressful situations and working under pressure?

Are you a team player? How do you coordinate your work with others?

What kind of decisions do you find most difficult to make?

Can you give an example of when you used your social skills to benefit a patient or patients?
Give an example of when you have used your leadership skills at work.
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