General Management

Interviews

Posted by Rachel Coldbeck, 14 Dec 2017

It’s rapidly approaching Christmas, and not long after that will be time for the interviews. I thought in this post I might try and give some advice about the interview process and some good steps for the preparation:

  1. Be yourself! I have worked in the NHS for over 5 years now and I have learnt that the NHS staff are made up from a wide range of personalities. I have worked with those who are loud and quiet, and those who are introvert and extroverts. The NHS doesn’t want a ‘one personality’ team, to work well we need to be a mix of personalities and skills. Remember to be yourself!
  1. Keep up to date with the news. I’m guessing if you’ve applied for the NHS grad scheme, you are interested in the NHS. Keep up with the news so that you can apply it to any questions. There is lots and lots of news sources for information about the NHS and it’s always good to read a mix. 
  1. Don’t panic (always easier said than done!). People want you to do your best, and they want the best grads for the scheme. They won’t try to catch you out! 
  1. Know where you’re going. Not knowing where you’re going, or panicking at the last moment won’t help your performance. Be prepared in advance and leave enough time. 
  1. Use the resources open to you. There are blog posts, Youtube clips, twitter and Facebook. There is a massive range of resources with advice from current graduates. Other people will be making use of them so make sure you do too! 

The NHS is facing a challenging period, and needs the best leaders for the future. They really do want you to succeed – so good luck!

 

 

Rachel Coldbeck

Rachel Coldbeck

2017 intake

Prior to joining the scheme I worked as a mental health nurse within the NHS for 4 years largely within A+E Depts. Whilst working in different Trusts it was clear that leadership and management quality was really diverse and I witnessed the effect this had on patients and staff which prompted my application.  In my free time I am a keen brass band member and I am also continuing to work on a distance learning MSc in healthcare.

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