Your interview - what to expect

Our experience shows, while many nurses interview well, there are a number of nurses who have good clinical skills but due to their inexperience and nervousness at interview do not always demonstrate these skills. To enable candidates to present themselves in the best light possible we take a multi-faceted approach to recruitment.

Therefore, when we recruit into staff nurse posts we undertake a range of assessments during your interview day. We have identified the clinical and core skills that we require and we give you the opportunity to demonstrate these in a variety of ways and over a longer period of time than a formal interview would permit. This allows us to spend longer with you and provides us with the opportunity to see what you can do, not just what you say you can do.

During the recruitment day we undertake four main exercises:

  • A clinical and core skills test.
  • Documentation checks.
  • An interview by panel.
  • Expression of preferences.

What to bring with you to the recruitment day

When we invite you to attend the recruitment day we ask you to bring a few things with you:

  • Photo identification such as passport or ID card (original and a photocopy)
  • Proof of Nursing and Midwifery Council registration (original and a photocopy)
  • Your original university certificates and a photocopy
  • Pens
  • Calculator (you can use a mobile phone).

How to prepare for your interview day

  • Re-read the job description and remind yourself of the key attributes needed for the role
  • Re-read your application form
  • Read the KMPT website to keep informed of current issues relevant to nursing
  • Practice skills that you feel are essential to the role. This could include clinical skills such as care planning or medicines management
  • Don’t try to second-guess the competences your are being assessed on
  • Follow instructions: each task will have clear instructions and objectives
  • Try to get as much rest before the day as possible, as it is likely to be quite intensive and tiring.

And last but not least: be yourself, don’t act!

How to perform on your interview day

  • Show your enthusiasm
  • Assume you are being assessed at all times. You are!
  • Be pro-active: ask questions, join in discussions, but don’t dominate the conversation
  • Listen carefully to instructions and ask if you are not clear about what you do
  • Make sure you are aware of the time constraints in any exercise and complete the task in the time given
  • Don’t panic if you feel you haven’t done well in an exercise, it’s your overall performance
  • Arrive on time. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to join the event if you miss registration.

Finally, good luck! We look forward to working with you!

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