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All candidates that are being interviewed have met the essential and desirable criteria. Your chances to get that job you have worked so hard now depend on how well you do in your interview. Four steps model keeps you focused and is a simple approach to excel in your interview.  

      

  • Plan
  • Prepare
  • Practice
  • Perform

Plan

Meticulous planning will increase your chances of success. Planning should not be just about giving answers to interview questions. It should be covering following areas:

  • Improving your CV: Keep adding (audit, paper, abstract, guidelines, new technology, awards)
  • Add value to yourself and make more “in-demand”: everyone invited for interview will have CCT. What extra do you offer? What do you add to the trust/department? Extra qualification/experience/roles?
  • To develop personally: body language, eye contact, speak confidently
  • To demonstrate clinical excellence (having CCT only makes you eligible to work independently) Demonstrate abilities beyond clinical expertise and job is yours.
  • Plan about your life as a consultant in your chosen hospital and area

Prepare

Preparation for your consultant interview should include reading around

  1. NHS issues
    • Issues relevant to your speciality2
    • What is new and upcoming?
    • What is accepted norms?
    • What is debatable/controversial?
    • Relevant college recommendations and controversy
    • Challenges faced by your speciality
  2. Preparation relevant to hospital/trust you are being interviewed
    • Prepare a dossier or list of good and not so good thing about the trust
    • What are the challenges faced?
    • What are the success stories?
    • Any famous/not so famous people in the trust/area
    • Read minutes of the board meeting (freely available on trust website)
    • Google search trust and people in the hospital/trust you would be working for: what is exciting? Worth praising? Need improvement?
    • Google key people (trust chief executive) or other panel members to know what their interests are? Any common interests?
  3. What are the publications from the organisation? If none, why not? Would that match you and your needs or contradict you? Why? If contradicts, how can you turn it in your favour? You may not have interest in writing ethical approval but you can contribute by patient recruitment.
  4. Check that the trust has not been in news for good/bad reason
  5. What are the common questions asked at consultant interview: Prepare lists
  6. Prepare lists of questions that can stump you? These are usually like weaknesses, strengths, what is so good about xxx

Practice

Now for the acid test.

  • Practice to perfection.
  • Do not read but speak aloud. Hear what you are saying: Are you audible? Not too fast or slow? Not showing anger? Appear insightful?
  • Keep answers simple short and succinct. Do not give long answers (they get boring). Hear yourself: check that no fumbles, no empty words, no clichés.
  • Body language and posturing

Perform

  • Walk with confidence and keep your head up
  • You need to integrate NHS issues in your answers to demonstrate you are aware of them. This does not mean knowing every page of NHS plan or new consultant contract. It simply means having a conversation with your interviewers and to convince them that you care.
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FIRST IMPRESSIONS

4 STEPS TO SUCCESS

MYTHS AND FACTS

7 WEEKS TO SUCCESS

WHEN TO START PREPARING

WORDS TO USE AND AVOID

APPLICATION FORM TIPS

WRITING THE PERFECT CV

SECURE THE CONSULTANT POST

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