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NHS job interview advice

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Babybump2018 · 12/07/2023 21:58

I have a job interview coming up for the NHS as a HCA for paediatrics ☺️ Has anyone got any advice/tips for the interview please?

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Rollinghill · 12/07/2023 22:03

Make sure you mention the Trust core values, and have examples of how you embody them.

Babybump2018 · 12/07/2023 22:05

Thank you 😊

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PurdyOnions · 12/07/2023 22:13

Visit the unit / ward prior to your interview - it shows you are motivated and genuinely want the job.

Babybump2018 · 12/07/2023 22:24

@PurdyOnions really? I was thinking to arrange a visit, but I wasn’t sure if I was allowed 🤔 thank you

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ThisWormHasTurned · 12/07/2023 22:26

I agree - trust values, learn the 6Cs and definitely do an informal visit. My line manager said in the next round of interviews ‘I’m not impressed with the applicants, none of them did an informal visit or contacted me to discuss the role’. So I’m really glad I did!

Babybump2018 · 12/07/2023 22:31

@ThisWormHasTurned thank you so much! I will contact them tomorrow to arrange a visit 😊 eek!

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jellymaker · 12/07/2023 23:07

See what is on the website for the trust. At our Trust we have to ask questions from a specified list which is available on our website. Its all values based. Think of lots of scenarios where you can demonstrate your values. Eg. Tell me about a time when you disagreed with a colleague. How did you resolve it. Tell me about a time you improved something in your job, Tell me about a time you went the extra mile etc.

TappingTed · 12/07/2023 23:10

Look at the application person specification and the job description and think about examples of how you can show you are that person or have those skills.
Be real, have a genuine interest in children and their families and supporting people during tricky times. Talk about person-centred care encompassing the family and carers and even staff too.
Good luck

Babybump2018 · 12/07/2023 23:31

@jellymaker thank you 😊

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Babybump2018 · 12/07/2023 23:32

@TappingTed thank you 😊

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DearGod24MoreYears · 12/07/2023 23:35

Know about safeguarding and raising concerns

valentinoandme · 12/07/2023 23:37

Since it's in paeds, I would familiarise yourself with safeguarding stuff eg if you noticed a mark on a child, or concerning behaviour from caregivers, what would you do?

Babybump2018 · 12/07/2023 23:45

@DearGod24MoreYears @valentinoandme thank you both! 😊😊

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Sunshineandrainbow · 12/07/2023 23:46

They might ask about prioritising tasks.

FunnyCradock · 13/07/2023 01:20

Definitely trust core values (that always scores points!)
Plus escalating risk (report & document) eg management of a deteriorating child.
How you would manage safeguarding concerns (report & document)
Equality, diversity & incluson generally comes up.
Confidentiality & record keeping.

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