7 Tips to Help You Shine in Your NHS Interview

Are you going for a promotion or new job in the NHS? Are you worried about your interview?

We’re not going to lie; interviews can be scary. Nobody likes them but it’s a stressful part of life that we all have to deal with.

Those that shine in job interviews are the ones who prepare properly and go into the interview visualising success.

So, don’t worry. Take a deep breath. Relax.

Here are our top tips to help you shine in your NHS interview and get you the job that you deserve.

1) List out your key skills

Why do you think you should get the job….and don’t reply: ‘because you need more money’?

There are probably a number of reasons why you’re going for a promotion, but one of them should be because you’ve got the skills to do the job well. Right? Good.

Now, write all of your key skills down in a list. Once you’ve got them all down on paper, it will be easier for you to focus on your answers to really show what you can bring to the role.

2) Focus on the job specification

It’s very important to read through your job spec a few times so that you know exactly what is required for the role.

Take this a step further and highlight key tasks and skills required within the job spec. Now you can start to match these up with your key skills.

Think of examples of how you’ve demonstrated these skills in your current position and write them down.

If you can, always relate your examples back to how it will provide value to the new role. If you can master this, then your interviewers will be itching to give you the job.

3) Prepare for a variety of questions

You can’t be 100% sure what you’re going to be asked in your interview, but it’s very useful to think of potential questions so you aren’t caught off-guard.

It’s likely that your interview will be based around scenario questions, so this is where your preparation around the job spec and key skills comes into play. But also think of different questions that they might ask, like – ‘Why are you interested in the position?’ and ‘What can you bring to the role?’

The more prepared you are the better and more polished your answers will be.

4) Keep calm

Easier said than done, we know, but you need to keep calm so that you can focus on what you’re saying. Take a deep breath before you go into your interview.

Ask for a glass of water in case you get a dry mouth. Sit in a comfortable position and don’t fidget.

When you’re asked a question, just take a second to think about your response; don’t just blurt out an answer because you might go off track.

5) Be professional

Some of you may have a good working relationship with your manager and the HR staff who are interviewing you.

It’s very important that you don’t let this influence how you prepare and perform in your interview.

Don’t take it lightly because you think you will get the job based on your friendship with other staff members. Knuckle down and take it seriously, because they certainly will.

6) Dress to impress

Looking the part can really make a difference in your job interview.

Even if you’re working on the day of your interview, don’t go to it in your uniform or scrubs. Take a change of clothes and get ready in the changing rooms beforehand. Smart trousers, smart blouse, shirt or jumper, flat shoes – these are a perfect combination for your interview. Nothing too boring or corporate, you just want to look smart and feel comfortable.

It shows that you are taking this seriously, and that you want to be taken seriously. Your interviewers will be impressed, we guarantee it.

7) Positive-Mental-Attitude (PMA)

If you approach your interview with positivity, visualise the perfect outcome, and show lots of enthusiasm, then this will reflect well on your interviewers. If you go into it thinking that you have no chance of getting the job, they will sense this and, chances are, it will affect your performance.

Go in there fully prepared, answers all of the questions as well as you can, and walk out with your head held high.

Have you had an interview in the NHS recently for a promotion or new job and have some tips you can share? Can you add anything different to the list? Are you a student going for your first position? Let us know in the comments.

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