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Preparing for your interview

Be informed

It’s a good idea to use the time before your interview finding out as much as possible about the role you’ve applied for and the area you would like to work.

Knowing as much as possible will put you at an advantage in the interview process. You will be able to think about what qualities you have which will make you an ideal candidate. This in turn will prepare you for some of the questions you may be asked in the interview.

You can gather this knowledge by:

  • rereading the job description, person specification and the job advert
  • looking at information on this site

You can also start planning how you might travel to work: 

  • how long will it take?
  • if you are travelling by public transport, will you be able to get to work in time for an early shift, or home from a late one?
  • is there transport at weekends and/or on bank holidays?
  • will you need to park at work?

Be prepared

Get everything you need ready in advance, to make the day itself less stressful:

  • decide what you are going to wear the night before the interview
  • think about the impression you want to make and choose your clothes accordingly – think smart and professional
  • make sure you have all the documentation you need to present on the day – we will send you the details in your invitation email
  • plan your journey – if you are driving we recommend parking in the Babraham Road park and ride, about one mile from the hospital and a pleasant walk or short bus ride away
  • make sure you have the department’s contact details with you in case of any delays

The interview

You will be interviewed by two members of staff. One of these will be a senior clinical staff member from the clinical area you have applied for.

Tips on coping in the interview

  • When listening to and answering questions, it’s a good idea to make eye contact with both interviewers
  • However direct your reply to the interviewer that asked the question
  • If you are feeling nervous or put off by the interviewers taking notes, pick a spot in the room you can focus on while answering
  • If you are unsure of what the interviewer has asked or have not understood the question, don’t panic – ask the interviewer calmly to repeat or rephrase the question
  • Remember, the interviewers would rather you were honest and admitted to not understanding – this shows courage and commitment