General Management

On the other side of interviews

Posted by Amy Richards, 26 Feb 2018

After going through many interviews in my life so far, ranging from a bar job interview where I was asked: ‘What cocktail would you describe yourself as?’ and of course the NHS Graduate Scheme interview, I have recently found myself on the other side of a few interview panels.

I work for a mental health trust and have been involved in the recruitment of a number of therapy roles. I remember the nervous feeling and anxious thoughts pre interview, but I actually felt anxious about being the interviewer! I wanted to make sure I allowed the candidate to feel at ease yet make sure I was consistent and fair across the board. The lead interviewer gave me a great piece of advice: ‘For us it might be the 8th time we have asked that question today, but for them this is their one chance of answering it and showing off their knowledge and skills in that area’. We had to keep our energy levels high to give each candidate the best shot.

I was shocked by how tiring it was, I was looking forward to the interviews; but after 2 full days, with 8 hours per day of interviews, often having no breaks and then staying afterwards for a feedback session, I was knackered! The graduate scheme is not a typical 9-5. There are days when you have to stay until the job is done, but it is worth it when you get the right candidate and you personally have contributed to that.

It was really interesting seeing how different candidates reacted to each question, seeing people struggle, come to a blank, but then recover and come up with a brilliant answer. There was a question around resilience which people seemed to struggle with, but it was one of the most important questions as resilience is so important in the current NHS climate.

Amy Richards

Amy Richards

2017 intake

After studying law and deciding against a legal career, I looked for opportunities in the public sector and found the NHS Grad Scheme, which combined my passion for caring for people and my desire to develop my managerial skills. I am looking forward to a challenging opportunity to be involved in overcoming the issues the NHS is currently facing. Outside of work I enjoy films, team sports, yoga, running and am always planning a new travelling adventure!

More by this author

General Management

A wonderful welcome to the graduate scheme

Posted by Amy Richards

27 Oct 2017

General Management

What is an IAG?

Posted by Amy Richards

08 Dec 2017

General Management

On the other side of interviews

Posted by Amy Richards

26 Feb 2018

General Management

Partnership working with the police

Posted by Amy Richards

15 May 2018

General Management

A week in the life of an Assistant Service Manager at a Mental Health Trust

Posted by Amy Richards

18 Jun 2018

General Management

Towards the end of my first placement

Posted by Amy Richards

08 Aug 2018

General Management

Being a buddy

Posted by Amy Richards

05 Oct 2018

General Management

Night shift

Posted by Amy Richards

26 Jun 2019