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      Job interviews require preparation just as the interview provides the employer the chance to know about you and a chance for you to convince your employer on why they should employ you. The NHS is not an exemption even though many trusts have the particularity of their interview questions.

      Earlier to your interview (which is after a successful job application. Check how to get a job faster with trac), you will be given a link to Zoom or Microsoft Teams or Skype (some will give it to you on the interview date). Kindly ensure the following:

      -Prepare to have your ID (mostly international passport) beside you.

      -A good network

      -You are permitted to use a handsfree/airpods/headphone and all.

      -Dress smartly

      – Avoid distractions during the interview. Be seated and focused on the camera. Don’t cheat or give an impression of one. You are mostly adviced to be the only one in your room.

      – Don’t cram the Questions below, Just use it as a guide

      This post will outline expected questions that have been sourced from past candidates and from conversations with experienced HRs. You can use the comment section to discuss possible answers or ask more questions. It’s a post to help one another.

      Question draws:


      This list was drawn from a PDF named post CBT and edited to meet current realities. If you know the person who compiled it, kindly send us a message at admin@healthworkersbio.com so we could attach credits to the author.

      – Explain your career from the year you graduated until now
      –  Why would you like to come to the UK? (do not mention money here, go for career development, opportunities to grow, etc)
      – 6 Cs of nursing or same question in a different form, what do you think are the essential qualities
      of a nurse? (care compassion communication courage competence and commitment)
      – Tell me about your current job role and your past career history.

      – Why is team work so important in nursing?
      – What do you understand by accountability?
      – What precautions would you take to minimize infections in the hospital?- Have you read the code of conduct? (you don’t have to learn it by heart, pick a topic in the code and talk a bit about it)
      – Think about the main challenges you’ll have to overcome if you come to the UK, if they ask tell them what things you’ll need support with and how you are planning to overcome these challenges
      – Think about ways to build rapport with new colleagues
      – Think about how you assess pressure damage on a bed ridden patient, what would you do to prevent pressure damage/ulcers, and how would you treat them if they appear
      – Think of an example of something you do everyday that could be considered ‘evidence based
      practise **This is a TRICKY question***PLEASE BE CAREFUL with your answer:
      Interviewers will know you knew this question was coming if you learn a definition from a book and you give them a book definition, it will be obvious you studied the answer and they will not give you points for it. Please explain with your own words and naturally what evidence based practise means. DO NOT give a typical example like hand washing, everyone gives the same example and the panels know you searched the question online. Look for a random example of an evidence based practise.

      – How would you deal with complaints from a patient or relative? (communication is key here, be
      understanding, polite, try to solve it, if you can’t escalate to manager)
      – Describe a scenario you had to challenge your colleague and how did you solve it
      – What would you do if you are checking the controlled drugs and something is missing? (talk to
      colleagues, talk to manager, search everywhere, talk to pharmacist, incident report, document it)

      -What are the responsibilities of a nurse on a normal shift?

      – How would you manage work overload on a crazy day at work

      – They asked about my nursing career path so far

      – The nursing qualities I have to offer

      – What makes a good team

      – Why i want to work with them

      – Concerns I have about relocation to the UK

      – How to maintain patient’s dignity

      – How to maintain the standard of nursing care

      – How do I prioritize patient’s care

      -They asked me about how to maintain a patient’s health records

      – Also, was asked if I would disclose my patient’s health information with relatives

      – They also asked about to tell them the clinical system in the UK

      – Asked how my experiences has helped me in my career

      – How I would to adapt to the differences between my home country and the UK(this is as regards to nursing. They didn’t say, but I just didn’t think personal adaptation is what they wanted to hear)

      – To tell them what I know about their two major hospitals (this is for trust that have more than one hospital, so when you get an interview with them, please read up on the hospitals and which one
      you would want to work with and reasons)

      – Which of their hospitals I would like to work and why I chose that

      – Tell us about yourself

      – Tell us about your experience

      – What do you think you’ll find in the UK different from your country. They emphasised on the Nursing side

      – Which hospital would you like to work in and which ward

      – They showed me a picture of an old woman who looked sad and asked how I would manage her

      – Why do you want to work with them

      – Using their values, I should give example of the application of any in my practice.

      – How I’ve managed a difficult patient.

      – What can be my challenges of working in the UK?

      – What can my employers expect from me?
      (What will I bring to the table if employed.)

      – Between medical and surgical wards if one is given opportunity to choose which one is better to work in, in the UK?

      – What do you know about the hospital?

      – Tell us about the time you worked as a team

      – Tell us about a time you walked into the ward to meet a patient collapsed on the floor

      – Explain your career from the day you started till now

      – Why do you want to work for this NHS trust

      – Example of a time when you worked as a team

      – What is your typical day at work like

      – How do you prioritize your patients

      – How do you know good standard of care has been given

      – A scenario where you applied “patient first”

      – How do you manage workload in a crazy shift

      – How you communicate with a patient that cannot talk or see or have any impairment that could be a hindrance to communication

      – Think about a few things that may get you stressed at work. How you overcome stress. In all these questions talking to your team is essential, Communication always goes first.

      – If they ask you if you’d do something you’ve never done before, or something you’ve never had
      training to do, you are definitely NOT allowed to DO IT UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, you will need to ask for help and tell your supervisor you can put the patient at risk and you should not do it.

      Please give a personalised answer to that question and why you think it wouldn’t be safe, if you say “i will tell my supervisor i cant put my patient at risk” they will also know that you knew the question because
      everyone says the same.

      – How would you know you have provided good standards of care? (patients recovery, patients feedback, managers feedback, etc)

      – How can you best ensure patients dignity when caring for them

      – What’s the most important contribution you’ve made to your team in your current job?

      – What qualities do you have that makes you fit for the post.

      – Why do you want to work with us

      – What prompted you into choosing nursing

      – Can you tell us about an article you read recently that you implemented and it improved patients care

      – I was asked why I would communicate with my patient, like what the essence of nurse patient communication is

      – Why you want to work with them

      – Was also asked why relatives are involved in patients care

      – Nmc roles and responsibilities

      – Give instance of where it happened

      – The challenge you will have while working for them

      – What skills and expertise you will bring to them

      – I was asked to talk about my educational experience and work experience

      – What to do if patient refuse care

      – Then, they asked me to talk about a typical day at my present place of work.

      This post will be reviewed from time to time to keep it updated on more questions. Goodluck.


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