Congratulations, you have got an interview
Now you need to make sure you are as prepared as possible. Here
are some tips.
What is the job?
Know as much as possible about what the position involves before
the interview. Be very familiar with the person specification. And
don't forget to re-read your application.
You should also read up about recent developments and debates in
your chosen field - and consider your opinions. Websites and
professional publications are good places to look.
Prepare for questions about yourself
And write down some answers. Here are some examples to get you
- What particular strengths (and weaknesses) could you bring to
- How do you manage stress / conflicts within the team?
- What do you like to do outside work?
Think about questions to ask the panel
A good way to come across as confident and enthusiastic during
an interview is to ask relevant questions that show the panel you
have given your application real thought.
Do not forget the basics
Make sure you know how to find your way there, because hospitals
can be quite difficult to navigate. Be punctual and, of course,
dress appropriately. This will send out good signals.
Managing the interview
However much preparation you do, going into an interview can be
nerve-wracking. But there are a number of techniques you can use to
make sure you come across in the best light.
This is not just about speaking calmly and audibly - it is also
about letting the panel know what point you are making, and why.
Make a point of deliberately linking what you say to the
requirements of the job you have applied for.
Structuring your answers with three or four main points and
keeping them concise will make life much easier for the
interviewing panel - which will be good news for you.
Leave modesty behind
This interview is about you, so don't say 'we' when you really
mean 'I'. Giving specific examples from your own experience is
important, because it shows an ability to learn and develop and
helps you steer clear of vague statements.
You may find yourself surprised by the questions, the tone of
the interviewers, or even the seating arrangements. But this gives
you the chance to show your ability to think on your feet.
- A panel still consists of individuals, so try to address them
- Although the occasional joke can be a good way of lightening
the atmosphere, it is important to show you take the prospective
job seriously. A balance is ideal.
Remember, the most important part of an interview is to sell
yourself, and to show why you are right for the job. But try to
show the 'real you' if you can. Whether you get the job will be as
much down to your personality and enthusiasm as it will to your
skills and experience, and the answers you give. Good luck.