NHS job interview preparation and tips

The NHS is the largest employer in the UK. But it doesn't matter if you're applying to be a receptionist or a senior psychologist, you'll still need to make sure your interview stands out from other applicants and really makes you shine in front of the interview panel. As the primary health care provider in the UK quality in the NHS and their staff is paramount; you should expect to be interviewed be a panel of interviewers and expect to be asked lots of questions, especially for important job roles.

However, the NHS posts job interview tips for its applicants to prepare in some cases. These tips may not be relevant for every position but there a sure way to get you started. We've listed below some of the NHS's top recommendations for attending on of their interviews.

NHS Job Interview Tips - Preparation

Know every detail of your CV or application and expect to be asked questions about this. Take a copy of your CV with you and make sure you know all your contact information in case they request this.

Research the role beforehand so you know exactly what your responsibilities will be and how you can respond to certain questions.

Prepare your outfit the night before - make sure it's ironed and clean. Always wear smart formal clothes for NHS interviews.

Ensure you know the location, date and time of your interview well. Arrive in a timely manner, around 10 minutes before the interview is about to begin, but don't arrive too early.

NHS Job Interview Tips - Interview

When attending the interview make sure you present yourself positively in the first instance - shake hands with interviewers and smile politely.

Let the interview panel know how keen you are for the job but don't oversell yourself.

Be honest. Impress the applicants with your skills and don't make up any tall (or even small) tales in the hopes this will get you the job. Don't over exaggerate your achievements and be confident in your current strengths.

Using your research of the role in your preparation for the interview, tell the panelist about relevant experience - let them know the skills you have, characteristics or qualifications to take on the role. Provide examples of all skills (i.e., good communication skills) but only list examples that are completely relevant to the position.


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