NHS Job Searching & Interview Experience

I’ve got Full GMC registration in May’18. But it’s not mandatory to get full GMC registration before applying. Most of the jobs don’t required this. So my advice is to start applying as soon as possible preferably immediately after passing PLAB 2. I applied for almost 150+ jobs. It’s a long, tiring job. No need to be worried though.

How to start:

First, make a profile in NHS jobs. Need to provide information about-

  • Personal Information
  • Qualification
  • Employment History
  • Referees
  • Supporting InformationMonitoring Information


In some sections, you may not have anything to write. Just fill up with all the things you did. That will be enough to get you some interview calls.
Almost all trusts take roughly one month to shortlist the candidates after deadline. In the meantime, you may get some emails telling that you weren’t shot-listed for that job. Don’t be disheartened. You need only few interview call to get your dream job.
After one month, you will start getting interview calls. Congratulations, because you are halfway there. Being short-listed means you’ve almost got the job. Now, go to tracjobs and confirm date & time of interview.
Now, comes the interview part what you’ve waited so long for. The interview is very structured. Almost in every interview, there will be one/two consultant & registrar and one person from hospital HR. They will let you know about that in interview invitation email. They will be super friendly. No need to worry.

The first part of interview is Introduction::

Here, they will ask you to guide them through your CV. Very easy- start with educational qualification, then your clinical experience along with related responsibilities & practical skills, any courses/ presentations that you’ve done. Then if you’ve done any voluntary works to show leadership & organizational skills and lastly anything personal like hobby. Most of the time they specifically ask about your clinical experience.
Then, they will ask about your future plan. How this job will help you to get that. They also ask why you are interested in a specific specialty or specific hospital/trust. So, know about your trust & specialty before interview & how they are relevant to your future goal.
Then, sometimes they ask some questions like(I was asked all those questions)-
  • What is your strengths & your weakness
  • Tell us about a stressful situation that you’ve handled well
  • Tell us a situation when you disagree with your consultants & how you managed it
  • How will you treat a patient if the patient disagree with your diagnosis
  • What is your best achievement outside clinical medicine

The second part of interview is for assessing clinical knowledge::

They will ask you about two clinical scenarios. Don’t be afraid. It will be super easy and you’ve already handled all those scenarios in hospital. So even if don’t read anything you will be able to answer the questions.
For preparation, go through Emergency sections of oxford handbook of clinical medicine. Focus more on diagrams in that section. Start each station with ABCDE approach. Rest you will be able to finish. Rarely, they ask about dosage of medications. So no need to panic.
Sometimes, they ask about audit & clinical governance. Go through oxford foundation handbook. You will find those topics in page 25 & 59. Just give a read & you will be fine.
Questions that I was asked in different interviews-
Clinical scenarios-
  • Hematemesis/Hypovolemic shock management
  • Supracondylar fracture management
  • Chest pain(Evaluation & management)
  • Evaluation & management of patient with shortness of breath
  • Evaluation & management fracture neck of femur with PE

The third part of interview is about you::

If you have any questions that you want to ask related to post or any other things now is the time. You should always ask about something to show that you are really interested. Some common thing to ask about-
  • Shadowing period
  • FY2 competency signing
  • Study leave
  • Study budget
  • Maintenance for COS
  • Accommodation facilities
  • Rotation among specialties

Things to remember:

  •  Trusts usually an email to all short-listed candidates to attend interview. It’s better if you can attend interview in person. But if you are outside, you can send an email telling your reason and ask them to arrange interview over Skype. Most of the time they do.

For more info:

# How to Apply for Jobs in the NHS  The Interview : Part 1 

# The Interview : Part 2

So that’s all
Best of Luck

Dr. Qamar Uddin Hejazi


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