How to prepare for NHS interview

Its always best to attend interview by going to the respective trust. It shows your dedication and you get to have a look at the trust. Also, I feel chances of getting the job is almost 95%. However, if you can’t for any reason you can attend via telephone or skype.

Things to remember

  • Dress Code: Formal
  • Take the necessary documents with you
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes earlier to complete the registration
  • Interview panel normally includes: 1 or 2 Consultant and a HR guy
  • Interviews normally last 30-45 mins.


What type of question to be expected:

About yourself:
1st and foremost you would be asked to tell a little bit about your background, your future goals etc. Just be confident and be spot on.

Clinical questions:
Obviously, this section depends on the type of post you are applying. Here are some important topics for Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Acute medicine: DKA, Anaphylaxis, ACS, Head Injury, Fall in elderly, Headache, Acute joint pain etc.

From where you should prepare:
Oxford clinical handbook of medicine (Last emergency portion, Have a good look at the charts), Oxford clinical handbook of Foundation Programe.

Non -Clinical:

  1. Normally they may or may not ask this type of question. I was once asked a question “A17 year old female patient came to you with complain of a lump in her private part, Howwould you proceed to examine ? “Basically what they wanted to know if I had idea aboutPermission, Confidentiality, Correct documentation etc . So, You can also expect some questions like this.
  2. Quality Improvement:
    This is a very important part. Here you would be asked about the followings:
  3. Audit cycle/Clinical Governance
  4. Research
    Please read about these topics from the net, because these are very frequently asked
  5. Ethical:
    Sometimes you can expect 1 or 2 ethical questions: Drunk colleague, Angry patient.Just answer these questions how you prepared in PLAB 2.
  6. You may also have asked how good of team player are you? Your weakness, strength etc.

During Interview

  • Always listen to the question properly, if you haven’t understood don’t hesitate to ask.
  • Don’t rush, Take your time.
  • Try to get as much information as possible.
  • They want to know if you know the answer as well as the priority.
  • Always follow the ABCDE protocols, just as in PLAB 2.
  • Don’t try to show off your knowledge about drug dosage, if you know what to give that would be fine.
  • Know when to ask for senior help or referral.
  • You can have a look at the interview samples given at the end.


Here you would be given chance to ask if you have any questions. Use this time and ask about important stuff:

  • F2 competency signed?
  • Further chance of being involved in Audit?
  • Shadowing period?
  • Salary?
  • E- Portfolio ?
  • Accommodation?
  • Rota ?
  • Study leave and budget?
  • Relocation package?

By this time I assume you already impressed the panel and they want to give you the job. Please don’t accept the offer instantly. Say that you would think and let them know. If they ask you if you have any future interviews, tell them yes ( If you have obviously ) but also mention This job is your priority.When can you start working? Give a rough idea. maybe after 2 months considering you get the visa and everything timely.Feel free to ask anything you want to ask regarding the job.

Well done ! You secured yourself a job… Now celebrate and party


Some resources for NHS interview experience:




This is one of the interview by one of my friend Dr- Rayhanoor Zennat Bably posted in my group:

So guys, just wanted to share the questions that I had been asked during my 1st interview for a Fy2 post in A&E dept at Kings college hospital.

So the interview panel consisted of 4 ( 2 consultants, 1 speciality registrar and 1 HR personnel) It began with one of the consultants who threw me some general interview questions as below:

  1. Tell me about yourself
  2. Why did you chose Kings college hospital?
  3. Why A&E
  4. What’s your career pathway?
  5. After 2 years time where would you want to see yourself ?
  6. Any particular expectations from Kings?

After him, the speciality registrar took over the panel. She gave me 3 clinical scenarios, one by one.

  1. A 50yrs old female Pt, known case of multiple sclerosis has come to the A&E with the complaints of 2 days h/o vomiting and fever. The ambulance crew is just taking her out of the ambulance. And the nurse informed you that she has a i dwelling suprapubic catheter for a long time. And her pulse is 130, bp 70/53, RR-24, temp-37.9, pus in the urine. You’re going to see the patient now. What would you do?


  1. A 60yrs old man comes with central chest pain and his ecg is ready for you(one of the consultants hand overs the ecg reading to you).what’ll you do next? (Ecg was for anterior STEMI)


  1. A 70 yrs old man comes with breathlessness. He’s a chronic smoker. ABG is done and you’ve got the result in front of you. (Again the consultant gives you a piece of paper saying O2 sat 40%, ph-7.13, paO2- 8kpa, paCO2-12kpa, HCO3-32. What’ll you do for this patient?


After her, the last part was from another consultant who asked me few questions:

  1. So do you have any question for us?
  2. This job is full time, are you okay with that?
  3. When will you be able to join us? That’s all.


I hope this helps to get an idea what to expect in the interview.
Thanks and best of luck

Dr-Istiakh Ahmed Chowdhury
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust


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