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NHS Trusts ask at interview

a) introductory questions

b) non-clinical scenario questions

c) clinical scenario questions. 

It is helpful to be CBT passed and review your CBT training materials. 

others https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/joining-the-register/toc/toc-2021/cbt/

Thank the interviewer for interviewing you just once. Do not thank them for every question. Avoid saying that is a good question. 

Online interviews do not have any notes; it is easy to recognise when the interviewee looks away at notes. Generally, you would be automatically eliminated. Look at your interviewer all the time. 

Read about the hospital.

Go to their website, study their structure and values, and note things about the hospital that are the same or different from your hospital. When asked "why you want to work for us"  or what you know about our hospital, it is good to know.

Know the location of the Trust. Read about the locality and what it offers, and be passionate about why you would wish to relocate to the area. 

-Read the job description. 

Think about things on this that are the same or different from what you do now.  

Be able to talk about your work in detail. 

Give examples of cases you look after daily, medication used, and procedures performed. If your first language is not English or you are currently not working in an English-speaking hospital and do not work in English, it's essential to know the English words. Your interviewer must ensure that your English skills are suitable for safe and effective practice.  

Read some general information on nursing in the UK.

- NHS England Structure


-Record-keeping Guidelines - NHS


-Safeguarding in the NHS


The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) code of professional standards for nurses and midwives.


Clinical Governance in the NHS


Read about specific terminology used in the UK: 

Read the CBT learning materials again

Specific scores and assessment tools used in the UK 

Waterlow score (pressure sore prevention) card see 


Falls assessment sees:


-The 'Malnutrition Universal Screening Tool' ('MUST') 




-How to prevent pressure ulcers (SSKIN)


Glasgow Coma Scale / Score




Finally, think about  "Non-Clinical Questions"

Think about your strengths and weaknesses and what you enjoy doing at work and home. Things you may have done that have made a big difference to someone else. Work achievements you had, for example. 

  Consider the qualities and values a person would need to work as a nurse. Why do they need these strengths and values?  


Do you wish to have a practice interview? contact Profco

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We wish you the best of luck for your interview. 


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