How to Successfully Prepare for NHS Nursing Interviews?

By on August 27th, 2021

How often have you walked into an interview feeling terrified? Well, you are not alone. Interviews can be nerve-racking and the NHS nursing interview is no exception.

You can give the wrong answers, even though you know the right answers. Multiple things can go wrong. But the truth is, if you are well prepared for the interview, there is nothing that can stop you from getting the job. If you are looking for an opportunity for a nursing career in the UK and want to ace your NHS nursing interview, here is how you should prepare for it. 

Introduction: Just like any other interview, the NHS interview also will start with you having to introduce yourself. Here is where you can shine through and stand out in front of the nursing panel. When preparing your introduction, ensure to highlight your career so far, mention your achievements and experiences, and your best qualities in line with the job role. You can also talk about any special cases you have worked on, or anything related to the current job role that you think will make a good impression.

Job: Once you have introduced yourself and the panel has a fair idea of who you are and what you bring to the table, they will dive into ‘Why did you apply for this job?’ When answering this question, think about what interests you most about the job. Don’t be timid to tell the panel what you liked the most when you read about this job.

Employment Overview: The hiring panel wants to ensure you are the best fit for the job. They are trying to understand why you chose nursing as a career path. Here you can take them through your previous employment. Your responsibilities, challenges, what kept you going and so on. While talking about the challenges and how you overcame them, remember to speak about your previous workplaces positively.

Skills and Experience: When the interviewer comes to this part,  they will ask questions related to your skills and experience, remember to frame your answers in line with the job description. Sell your skills by giving the interviewer examples of how you achieved a positive outcome in your previous workplaces. While doing so, ensure your contributions are mentioned clearly.

Patient Safety: The NHS is committed to the safety and well being of every patient. While you prepare for questions around patient safety, do remember to take a look at the NHS core values. This will give you an understanding of what is expected of you. 

Clinical/Ethical Scenario: This is a crucial part of the interview. Take your time to answer this one. The interviewing panel will give you a clinical or ethical scenario where you will be asked how you will approach the situation. Take a moment to understand the situation well and then answer with compassion and confidence.

Interview Questions: Lastly, the panel will allow you to ask any questions you have before ending the interview. Take this opportunity to clear your doubts about the job role, department or anything at all.

Once you have prepared for your NHS interview, there is nothing to worry about. Ensure to dress smartly, be on time and always remain confident. 

If working in the NHS is part of your plans, Global Nurse Force can guide you every step of the way. For further advice and support on relocating to the UK, please email us at [email protected], and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have!

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