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What can I expect from an NHS interview?

  • November 08, 2021

We have got an abundance of resources available here at BDI Resourcing that you can use in order to feel prepared for your NHS interview. If you require some tips and resources do send an email to [email protected].

Biographical questions

Whether you are interviewing for a nurse or a doctor position within the NHS the first section of your interview will involve a biographical type of question. They will be looking to find out about your experience to date and what type of roles you have done so far in your career. When being asked about your experience to date we advise that you use the acronym CAMP to help form your answer.

C – Clinical, you should discuss your clinical experiences to date first, this can include the type of environment you have worked in. For a doctor this would be the type of hospital, department or type of patients you see.

A – Academic, make sure you start with the most relevant qualifications, for an international Doctor this would be the qualifications you used to obtain your GMC registration. You may also want to mention any qualification obtained in your home country including and specialty training you received.

M – Management, if you have been tasked with supervising any junior staff you should explain your responsibilities.

P – Personal, this may include your current motivations to work for the NHS or any other motivations.

It is important to cover things you have done up to date and not go into detail about what you wish to do in the future as you will get the opportunity to do this later on. In this section you want to paint a clear picture of where you are at right now in order to prove that you are a perfect fit for the role you are interviewing for.

Clinical Scenario

The next section of your interview is likely to be about a clinical scenario. We have got scenarios specific to all specialties that we will be able to provide. How to answer this type of question depends on your specialty so we really do recommend taking advantage of these resources so that you are able practice for this section before your interview.

Ethical Scenario

Following on from this you are likely to be given an ethical scenario and asked how you would handle the situation. Again, we have plenty of examples that you can use to practice how to answer this type of question. We have lots of ethical scenarios that are regularly used in NHS interviews, so we strongly recommend familiarizing yourself with these.

Audit and Clinical Governance

At some point during your interview, you are likely to be asked about your understanding of Audits and Clinical Governance. If you are an international doctor, you may not have been involved in these in your previous positions, but the NHS do expect all doctors to at the very least be aware of them. Most Doctors will play an integral part in conducting them as well. Thus, you should familiarize yourself with the seven pillars of clinical governance if you aren’t already. These are:

  • Clinical Effectiveness and Research.
  • Audit.
  • Risk Management.
  • Education and Training.
  • Patient and Public Involvement.
  • Information and IT.
  • Staff Management.

Future Goals

NHS employers really love to hear that your future goals involve progressing your career in the NHS. It’s really important to express your passion for your speciality and if your long-term goal is to progress to consultant level do make sure you make this clear. Make sure to express your desire to want to relocate to the area, especially if you are coming internationally as this will reassure the NHS employer that you are dedicated to stay in the area.


When you get to the end of your interview make sure you have a set of questions ready to ask your employer. It is really important to ask lots of questions as it expresses your keen interest in the job and shows you have done lots of vital research on the hospital and department you wish to work.

Some examples of questions you may ask include:

Can you tell me what a normal day in the department will look like?

What kind of training and support will I be given? 

Finally, you can pick something out from the CQC report and ask for more details.

Value Based Recruitment

It is important to be aware of value-based recruitment throughout your interview.  Your values should align with those of the NHS in order to portray that you are a great fit for the position. To read more about value-based recruitment in order to be fully prepared for your interview click here. 

How can we help?

If you are an international Doctor that requires assistance in relocating to  the UK email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you in securing an NHS post and on your relocation journey to the UK.

Are you a member of our Facebook group? When you join IMG Advisor, you join a community of doctors all looking to relocate to the UK and join the NHS. We post a series of blogs and vlogs to the group each day. We will also be on hand to answer all of your relocation queries.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel! We have over 60 videos covering everything you need to know about relocating to the UK and joining the NHS.

Listen to BDI Resourcing on the go with IMG Advisor the Podcast! You can listen to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Buzzsprout. We have a number of episodes with tips and advice on relocating to the UK and the routes you can take to achieve this.

Finally, we have just launched our new Instagram, so if you are a member, feel free to follow us to view our posts and IGTV: @bdiresourcing


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