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Our guide to a successful interview


Going into an interview is usually slightly nerve-wracking and preparation is the key to success. Here is our guide to preparing and researching for your interview with the NHS.

Prepare some examples of your practice, learn about the organisation and prepare some questions to ask the interviewer.

First impressions count. Make sure you arrive or log on to the call in plenty of time, dress appropriately and be confident in introducing yourself.

During the interview

  • Make eye contact and be clear and concise in your question responses
  • Structure your answers with examples from your own experience
  • Do not assume that the panel know the detail of what is in your CV and make sure you understand the organisations values
  • Sell yourself – give examples of 'how' you have achieved a positive outcome
  • Remember to ask questions and be positive at all times


Key resources to help you prepare and plan for your NHS interview


Star Technique

The STAR technique (Situation, Target, Action, Result) is an excellent model to use to make sure your answers are concise, relative and structured.

Action Words

Using "action words" in your answers and examples such as 'identified', 'created,' or 'initiated,' can really demonstrate to an employer how you are able to put your skills into practice.

The 6 Cs

The 6Cs of Nursing are embedded into the everyday life of a healthcare professional: Care, Compassion, Competence, Communication, Courage, and Commitment.


Draw on your experience in your profession and answer the questions with relevant examples of your work and scenarios.

Ask questions about the job and the Trust

Asking relevant questions about the job itself will help you learn more about the role. For example “Can you tell me what you like about working in this field/hospital?”, “Can you tell me about the learning and development opportunities?”, “I’m keen to know about the team dynamics and where I might fit in, can you tell me how you might help me integrate?”

Be prepared to demonstrate your understanding of the NHS values or values of the employing organisation and how you would apply them in your everyday work.

Don’t rush. Think about your answers. If there’s something in the question you don’t understand, ask for clarification.


Interview preparation

Here are some useful resources to aid your interview preparation


For more information or to access our online interview guide

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