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 You should start preparing for your consultant interview at least one year before your CCT if not two. This gives you plenty of time to identify what you are missing in your CV and work on these areas. Starts looking around for jobs in different sites e.g. NHS jobsite, indeed etc. Identify what kind of job is available and what is being asked in terms of requirement/ skill sets. This should help you guide identify areas you may want to focus on. No point developing a skill sets in a hospital that you would like to apply if someone is already offering Service A if that is your area of expertise. If you would like to get a job in specific area, find out if there would be an opening, what would the organization be looking for in prospective  appointee? If you have those skill sets, great. If not, work on them. You could also find out if an organization is coming up with a job (new post, retirement) and  approach the current consultant to find more (time scale of appointment, needs of the trust).

If you have not thought about your consultant application in time, here is seven week plan to ace your interview.

Week one

Choose where you want to spend the rest of (or most) of your working life. Consider pros and cons. Look for life outside of work for that perfect work life balance. Don’t forget schools, gym, libraries, town centre, village centre or city centre your personal interest when making that decision. Also think about relocation and house prices. Think about your spouse/partner and the job prospects. 

Week two

Search hospital trusts, search trust thoroughly. Do they offer what would you like to have in your career progression? Do they have services you could fit in or would you be able to fill in the gaps in service and provide that you could be the batch to start a new service. What is the hospital culture generally? Is it difficult to gauge but current SpR can give you some pointers. Search hospital website and read success stories or any disasters or anything reported in the media.

Week three

Work on your CV, add everything in one common version. Make several versions to suit specific needs.  Tailor it to different hospital jobs or different kind of job for example you will have a different CV for an academic post or research post where you should be focusing more on your publication, research and teaching early in the CV. Whereas for tertiary care hospitals you would be focusing more on your specialized area of work. Again you will need to demonstrate your higher qualifications beyond CCT as such PhD or MD or relevant publication. Format your correctly without multiple font changes throughout. Check for typos and grammar get it reviewed by someone you can ask or use professional services (highlight our CV review service).

Week four

Research and address issues. Know what are the burning topic going on. Read local, regional and national issues. Find out if your chosen trust is having similar success or challenges? Are they similar across the NHS? How do they achieve success and how did they meet with difficult areas? Why are they struggling if they are what can be done to make it better. Check the CQC ratings, Datix, look at HES data, Dr Foster. Read Royal College publications to find out if the trust is mentioned in any manner? Keep short notes, pick key words and make lists.

Week five

Ask around from recent appointees what their medical consultant interview was like? How did they do, why? How did they prepare? Did they read any books? Did they attend any courses? Anticipate questions, do you find unusual questions? Practice giving answers, record yourself. How was it like? Record, listen, improve and repeat. Have you come across any difficult questions or areas you are struggling? You can use our uploaded your answer service. Start making list of consultant interview questions.

. Also make lists:

  • Mistakes
  • Strength
  • Weakness
  • Examples of leadership
  • Examples of team working
  • When you made a difference
  • How you avoided a disaster
  • How you achieved success or completed a project
  • What makes you angry
  • What makes you happy
  • Qualities you are proud of
  • What would you change if…

Anticipate questions. Invariably there would be a question asking you to give examples of xxx

Make lists of these. Some examples:

  • Changes you introduced
  • You supported a colleague
  • You worked in a project
  • Something you have read
  • Team working
  • Your contribution made a difference
  • You rescued a failing project

Week six

Time to put all of this in several practice sessions.  More the merrier. Learn from each session. Find a consultant (you are working with or your educational supervisor). Ask your colleague you can trust to give you an honest opinion/feedback. See if one of your fellow colleagues is also preparing for consultant interview and buddy up. Sailing is lot easier with someone who is also in the same boat, you can practice together and you can share notes. Both of you should be able to improvise on each other. Record yourself to see that you do not speak lot of empty words.

Examples of empty words: errr….Ummm, Oh, Oh that’s a trick question

Week seven

Look at the interview invites. Know the interview location. If you are driving, look at the route. If you are using public transport, check that no industrial action is planned. If you need to get a new dress, buy and try. Dress up for your big interview (practice) but do not wear a brand-new dress or shoes. These may not fit and make you conscious of the discomfort. This can shift your focus and cause anxieties. Be aware of body language. If you need to travel a long distance, consider reaching the site a day before and book a hotel. This way you are well rested before interview and do not get undue stress on the day due to travel issues or to find venue.your answerS

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