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Preparing for your NHS interview

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Here are four tips to help you make the most of your NHS interview:

 

1) Look up the EXACT location before the day of the interview.

Most NHS hospitals and facilities are large and complex. This means that the precise room for your interview could be located well within a maze of corridors. Rooms for this sort of activity will usually be more secluded and hidden than public areas, and this is why you should consult a map well in advance - there is usually nothing to stop you going along a few days before for a ‘trial run.’ Punctuality is everything when it comes to making a good first impression, and this should help to avoid unnecessary lateness.

2) Check out the parking situation in advance.

If you are going to drive yourself to your interview, you need to ensure that you can park and get to the location in good time. If parking is going to be an issue, this is a great opportunity to leave yourself plenty of time. By getting their early, once you have parked you can relax with a drink and go over your notes one last time. If you are going to be late, getting in touch with the interviewer’s office is an absolute must.


3) Find out more about your interviewer.

To fully prepare yourself for your interview, you should look or ask your recruitment agency for more information about the style and personality of the interviewer. If this is not possible, you may also be able to informally find other staff that know the person concerned - however you should be careful to do this discretely. Being up-to-date with all of the facilities latest developments and news will also do you no harm.


4) Be prepared to show some flexibility when accepting a position.

In an organisation that is as diverse as the NHS, there is always the possibility that you will not be offered the exact position that you applied for. This may not be a reflection of your ability, and it could all be down to the ever-changing needs of the department in question. If it helps, you should look upon an NHS interview as the opportunity to get into the exact role or similar, as there will always be opportunities for career progression.

By keeping the above points in mind for the day of your interview alongside job interview standards regarding appearance, politeness and engagement, you will have nothing to fear about your interview at the NHS.

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