NHS Job Interview Tips

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NHS Job Interview Tips
National Health Service interviews may be intimidating, so adequate preparation is key. (nurse on duty image by Pix by Marti from Fotolia.com)

National Health Service job interviews, like most, are incredibly stressful, although they need not be if you are prepared. It is likely that an interview panel consisting of a few health care professionals will be evaluating the job applicant. This need not be a source of concern or stress for the applicant as long as he views it as just one more person who may pull for him during the hiring decision process. The more people he sees within the organisation, the greater the likelihood he will be hired.

Manners of Speaking

Articulate all responses in a confident manner. Engage the interviewer by ensuring that you are staying on point and being concise. Try not to answer a question for more than two minutes, unless it is required. Relay your achievements in a manner that shows confidence while remembering the involvement of your colleagues in your success. Always correlate the key points that led to excellent job performance with your skills and how they relate to the position for which you are interviewing. Remember to address various panel members during your interview to showcase your communication skills. Ask questions that show you are interested and have a grasp of the job description.

Answering Work History, Team Member and Personal Weakness Questions

Explain your work history in a positive manner and finalise your statement with a strong sense of commitment to your position. If you were forced to leave a position due to matters beyond your control, explain the situation truthfully and concisely. Always try to relay a negative situation with a positive ending, when appropriate. Demonstrate that you are a leader, yet capable of taking direction. Follow up these statements with anecdotes from work experiences with colleagues. Answer questions relating to your personal weaknesses in a thoughtful yet positive manner. Ensure that you are not revealing a personality flaw that could cost you the position, but relay a weakness that may also be seen positively.

Answering Public Policy and Personal Life Questions

Stay up-to-date on current affairs before the interview. There is no substitute for being well-read on current medical policy issues. Answer policy questions without interjecting your own opinions unless asked. Discuss current and prior government initiatives that may affect your ability to perform your job. Do not guess when asked about a particular government health care initiative or policy that you have no information about. Try to relate the information to something that you already know and be ready with insightful questions regarding any new information presented during the interview. Always appear to evaluate new information in an unbiased and educated manner.

Answer questions about your personal life in a positive and engaging manner. Much of the interview is spent trying to understand who you are as a person. The interviewers are attempting to view you as a possible team member. Allow them the opportunity to learn your personality.

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