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Research about the organisation and familiarise yourself with their departments, hierarchies and how they work. Check their website, read journals or publications about the company. Have they been in the news?  The more information you have about the organisation, the easier it will be for you to see how you fit in and if this is the right organisation for you. If you have been told or can find out who will be interviewing you, a bit of research about them could potentially help reduce your nerves.  LinkedIn is a good source for this information.

Familiarise yourself with vital information regarding the services they provide, type of business, their customer base and how long they have been in business.  Thanks to the internet as you can do your homework and get basic information about your prospective employer. It shows how much time and effort you put in and that you really care about the organisation.

Review the job descriptions, interview requirements and any information that is important for your success.  Looking at the job description and the skills required for the role should give you a steer on what kind of questions could be asked about your abilities and experience.  Remember that some skills are transferable between various roles.  An example of these will be communication and leadership skills.  List the possible questions and note down your answers.  Practice with your family or friends.  If you are unsure about the answers, this is the time to do a bit of research and get correct information.  The interview is a chance for you to show your knowledge and skills but also your personality so if you developed personal projects  relevant to the role you are applying for, do include them in your preparation for the interview. This is something you can shine about at the end of the interview when you are asked to add any information you feel will boost your chances of being hired.

Common interview questions include the following:

Tell me about yourself

Tell me why you believe you are the right candidate for this role

Your strengths and weaknesses

Any accomplishments in your current or previous role

Research career progression and training opportunities for your role.  Doing so will not only show the interviewer how serious you are about long term plans but you will also respond appropriately to questions about your future plans or ideal career progression.  Is there any particular course or qualification you think would be relevant to the role you are applying for?  If it feels right during the interview, you could express an interest in possible learning opportunities

Documentation may be required at interview so check your email correspondence to find out if the interviewer requested any identification documents, certificates or updated CV. If requested ensure you bring them to interview.  Keep a neat file with all documents they are likely to be requested by Employers and update it on a regular basis even when you are not actively search for a role. By doing so, you are actually getting ready for any situations you may find yourself in.  Nurses have to keep annual mandatory training certificates, DBS, Revalidation documents and many more.  Keep them all in one file.  They may want to see the original documents for identification purposes even if you have already sent copies.

Plan your journey in advance. Obtain details about interview venue well in time. You may use google maps to avoid getting lost and arriving late.  Check the best mode of transport to the venue, parking, roadworks or if there are any planned events which may increase traffic on the day. Roadworks may slow down traffic so plan to leave early.  No excuse is acceptable for being late at interview.  This can affect your eligibility for the role even if you meet all other requirements.  Interviewer may have planned numerous interviews on the day so if you are late this may disrupt their plans and therefore cancel your slot.  Time keeping is key to success.

Find out about the dress code as this may vary for various reasons.  The last thing you need is a frantic panic on the morning of the interview as you look for a suitable outfit.  Planning what you need to wear a few days beforehand will allow you to focus on the final preparations.  Relaxation and a good night sleep will help you feel refreshed and alert.  Every interview is different but the most important thing is to stay calm and confident through the interview. Good luck.

About the author

Happy Gosego Cross

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Studied General Nursing and qualified in 1985.  Proceeded with Bachelor of Education in Nursing Administration degree, worked abroad and in various UK Healthcare sectors including Nursing Homes, NHS hospitals, Private Hospitals and non clinical sectors. Held various positions in the NHS such as senior staffnurse, clinical research nurse and as an Agency nurse.  Worked in non-clinical areas as nurse-telephone-interviewer, recruitment and assessor.




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