We are constantly working to help prepare IMGs for NHS interviews. In light of this, we would like to bring your attention to Value Based Interviews (VBI). Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) started to use Value Based Interviewing in 2013 and it has recently become a strong focus for most NHS interviews.
The Cambridge Dictionary defines ‘values’ as ‘the beliefs people have, especially about what is right and wrong and what is most important in life, that control their behaviour’. A value-based interview is a style of structured interview in which the employer seeks to learn about the candidate's values. The movement sought to ensure that the organisational values of the NHS were reflected in the day-to-day care that’s provided, through designing and delivering value based interviewing as part of the recruitment process. The NHS recognise that the values and attitudes of their staff can have the greatest impact on the quality of patient care and patient experience. VBI has proved effective in hiring individuals who share the same core values of the NHS which will increase the quality of care received by patients.
Determining your own personal values may seem like an easy exercise, but it can be difficult for some to critically reflect and vocalise them.
If you are struggling to put words to your core values, here’s a value evaluation process you might find useful:
Ensuring you perform well in a value based interview will require some preparation. Once you have established your own values and the values of the NHS you will be able to effectively prepare your answers.
You may be asked direct value based questions such as:
‘Talk us through a situation where you were successful? Why do you think it was a success?’.
Here you could talk about a situation where you put the needs of a patient first (a key NHS core value). For example, Doctors can often find themselves in a situation where their personal needs and commitments clash with their work ones. If you can explain an event whereby you put the needs of the patient above anything else, you will be successfully showing that your values align with the NHS’s as you considered this situation to be a success.
Alternatively, you can display your values by weaving them into answers given in other sections of your interview. For example, you are likely to be given at least one clinical and one ethical scenario, an example of an ethical based scenario question could be:
‘If a colleague came to work under the influence of drink or drugs, what would you do?’
You can answer this by stating that your priority would be to keep patients safe as their needs should always come first and because of this you would report the situation straight away and make sure they didn’t encounter any patients. You can see that this again would display your core values whilst answering the ethical question.
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