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What to Expect When You Have Your NHS Interview

  • July 21, 2021

Here at BDI Resourcing we are constantly working to match Doctors to appropriate posts within the NHS. Once this has been achieved, we will continue to provide support throughout the interview stages and even assist your exciting relocation to the UK! We are always asked about what can be expected from an initial interview with an NHS Trust. Using our years of experience, we have put together a six-stage guide on what you can expect when you get your NHS interview.

  1. Clinical Background

In most NHS interviews they will start by asking about your clinical background. In this section it is important to discuss the roles and responsibilities you had in your previous employment. What they will be looking for is that you have the appropriate experience to match what is outlined in the job description. We advise that you explain all the roles you have had to date to convey that you are suitable for the role.

  1. Your In-depth Experience

Secondly, from our experience we have found that they will then go on to ask in-depth about your clinical experiences. Here we would recommend that you define certain procedures that you have participated in; giving details on methods and equipment used. The purpose of this is to portray that you are competent and again are a great fit for the role. Be prepared to discuss in detail some procedures specific to your specialty ensuring you represent your passion and enthusiasm for the job throughout. 

  1. Clinical Experience Scenario Question

Furthermore, what will usually follow is a scenario question specific to the specialty. It is important that you practice how to answer this style of question. Here at BDI Resourcing we can provide you with extensive interview preparation tips which can include some scenarios for you to use to revise your answers. It is important to draw on your experience and provide a logical and safe method of tackling the situation, they are looking for an answer that will fall in line with patient safety regulations.

  1. Ethical Scenario

Similarly, to the above you will probably be given an ethical scenario and be expected to outline how you would approach the situation. We would again advice to give a logical and safe method of tackling the situation.

  1. Audit and Clinical Governance

Following on from this, they will check that you have an understanding and perhaps some experience with Audits and Clinical Governance. Clinical Governance is a framework through which NHS organisations are accountable for continually improving the quality of their services. The main components of Clinical Governance are:

  • Identifying what can and does go wrong during care
  • Understanding the factors that influence this
  • Learning lessons from any adverse events
  • Ensuring action is taken to prevent recurrence
  • Putting systems in place to reduce risks

To read more on this please see our blog on Clinical Governance.

  1. Future Goals

We have found that the NHS will likely ask about your long-term goals. BDI Resourcing believe it is important to express your passion to work in the NHS to show that you desire to stay in the UK and develop your knowledge and abilities in your specialty. We suggest that you come up with some personal goals you wish to work towards whilst in your NHS role. This could include some equipment you wish to use specific to your specialty and the role being interviewed for. From our experience it is important to again convey your passion for your specialty as they will be looking for a reliable and enthusiastic Doctor that wishes to stay in the position long term rather than switch to another.

  1. Questions

Finally, we advise that it is always important to come prepared with some questions excluding salary-based queries; two or three is the ideal. One good topic to enquire about is progression opportunities, this shows that you are forward thinking and are eager to constantly grow. You could also ask about specific procedures and whether you would have the chance to work with certain equipment again specific to your specialty.

I have outlined below a list of BDI Resourcing’s blogs and vlogs that discuss NHS interviews further.

  1. A breakdown of our top tips, the importance of first impressions and the normal question structure of an NHS Interview:
  2. Questions you should be asking at the end of your interview:
  3. Example NHS Questions with Exemplar Answers:
  4. Microsoft Teams Interviews:
  5. Ethical Scenarios asked:
  6. Vlog: NHS Interviews:
  7. Clinical scenarios:
  8. NHS interview Preparation:

How Can We Help?

If you’re an international doctor looking to relocate to the UK to work for the NHS or if you have any questions regarding interviews please email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you in securing an NHS post and on your journey to relocate to the UK.

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Listen to BDI Resourcing on the go to IMG Advisor the Podcast. You can find 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.


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