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NHS job interview Should I take my CV?

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mumznet Sat 31-Dec-16 07:30:36

Hi all
Been having some interviews already in the NHS but not permanent so looking for other roles.....I saw one lady at the interview and she had brought her CV along.....something I have never done
Should I take it or not ? In the application form there is no CV just supporting information.

I've had a few interviews band 2-4 and at the top in some but not getting anywhere.....how can I stand out ??

JeffJarrett Sat 31-Dec-16 07:41:29

I've worked in the NHS for almost 10 years, had a couple of different jobs but never took my CV.

When I went for my initial interview, my sister was already working for another Trust and she told me to ring once I had been shortlisted and ask to visit the department at some point before the interview to meet them informally and discuss the role. "Show your face" so to speak.

They do seem to like that in the NHS, everyone I've worked with has done it, and it definitely helps as you can put your personality across and sell yourself to them twice wink

Good luck OP.

rewardformissingmojo Sat 31-Dec-16 07:48:36

Your interviewers will have a copy of your application form. I can't imagine your CV would have different information. I second Jeffs advice to book an informal visit.

ElphabaTheGreen Sat 31-Dec-16 07:57:23

No need to take a CV. Presumably you will have applied/will be applying through the NHS Jobs website. As a regular NHS interviewer myself, I always take a print out of the NHS Jobs documentation for each interviewee so have all their info in front of me, and have never felt the need to ask for a CV. I interview bands 2-6 for clinical roles, so if someone brings along their CPD file, I will have a look through that, but a CV isn't required.

ElphabaTheGreen Sat 31-Dec-16 07:59:09

And YY to making an informal visit once shortlisted. In many interviews I've conducted, the successful applicant was the one who visited, learned about our setting first hand, and referenced their visit in their responses to our questions.

mumznet Sat 31-Dec-16 15:28:26

thanks everyone,
my last two interviews I was successful I never called or visited the department before hand,

in the first interview she offered me a lower band post and I didn't have to interview again -I've heard that is not allowed but hey! shock

So if I only call is that okay sometimes with work and multiple interiews there isnt always time for a visit? or should I be making the effort?

ElphabaTheGreen Sun 01-Jan-17 07:48:20

Make the effort for a visit, definitely. It has made all the difference for our last several applicants. On one interview I did, it was very close between all the applicants so it came down to us choosing the successful applicant because she was the only one who made the effort to visit. The feedback we invariably give to unsuccessful applicants is that they make the effort to visit the place they're applying to, especially if clinical.

mumznet Sun 01-Jan-17 17:37:58

thank you all.

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