Overview of My Interviews
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P = In-Person interview was offered
S = Skype interview was offered
A = I attended the interview
J = Job was offered
S = Interview was attended via Skype
P = Interview was attended in-person
? = I did not inquire about the Skype interview option
Questions about Experience:
- Tell us about your experience.
- Have you ever worked in the UK?
- In which departments have you worked so far in your career?
- What was your role in your last job?
- What responsibilities did you have in your last job?
- How was your experience at your last job?
- How was the patient load?
- Did it ever get too hectic?
- If so, how did you deal with it?
Questions about Working:
- Will you be able to adjust to the working conditions here?
- How will you adjust?
- Do you work well in a team?
- Do you get along with your colleagues?
- Have you ever had a problem with any colleague?
- How did you deal with it?
- Do you get along with nursing staff?
- Have you ever had a problem with the nursing staff?
- How did you deal with it?
- Do you ever lose patience at work?
- Do you get angry at work?
- Do you get angry at home?
Questions about Interests:
- What are your future academic interests and why?
- Do you know the pathway for your future academic interests?
- Have you taken any membership exams after graduation?
- Why have you applied for this job?
- Why do you want to work at our trust?
Questions about Growth:
- Is learning important?
- How can we learn as a doctor?
- How have you learned as a doctor? Give us examples.
- Have you ever learned anything from your colleagues? Give us examples.
- Have you ever learned anything from the nursing staff? Give us examples.
- Have you ever made a mistake at work? Tell us about it in detail.
- How did you learn from your mistakes?
- Were any changes introduced into the system after this incident?
- What do you expect to learn from this job?
- What do you expect to achieve from this job?
Questions about Procedures:
- Which procedures can you perform?
- Can you perform them without supervision?
Questions about Ethics:
- If you ever saw your consultant doing anything illegal, what would you do?
Questions about Knowledge:
- What is Clinical Governance?
- What are its pillars?
- What is an audit?
- Do you know the steps of an audit?
- Have you ever been a part of an audit?
- Have you ever seen anyone at work conduct an audit?
- What is the difference between audit and research?
- What is research?
- Have you ever been a part of a research?
- Have you ever seen anyone at work conduct a research?
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Questions from the Human Resources Department:
- If we offer you the job, will you accept it?
- When can you start working for us?
- Do you have any more interviews after today? If so, when?
- Are you single or will you be moving with your family?
- Will you need hospital accommodation?
- Do you have any questions from us?
This is what you should ask them:
- Will I get any teaching opportunities?
- Will I get to attend daily morning meetings?
- Will I get to attend any courses?
- Will I have a supervisor to assist me with audits and research?
You should ask any question which shows your interest in the job from an academic point-of-view.
I applied for 181 jobs.
I had 22 interview offers.
I attended 8 interviews.
I got 4 job offers.
What I Learned from My Interviews:
1. Only apply for jobs in which you are interested. Otherwise, you are wasting your own and the interview panel’s time.
2. Memorize a few basic definitions like Audit, research, clinical governance. Know the steps of audit and the 7 pillars of clinical governance.
3. Go through emergencies from Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine. But don’t worry yourself too much. Most panel members are not asking scenario-based questions. Out of the 8 interviews that I attended only 3 asked scenario-based questions.
4. Stay calm. Be yourself.
5. Dress formally.
6. As soon as you accept a job offer, it’s best to politely decline all other interview offers, to give other candidates a fair chance and to be fair to employers as well, to not waste their time.
When I was preparing for my interviews, Dr. Omar Alam’s blog post about interview experiences helped me a lot.