Making a positive first impression is crucial, so ensure that you present yourself in a professional manner. Here are our top tips for a successful online job interview:
Familiarise yourself with the interview platform (computer, tablet, or phone) in advance to avoid any surprises on the day. Our team will contact you beforehand to test the connection and address any concerns you may have. If you're using someone else's device, conduct a thorough test on the same day as your interview.
Choose a quiet room with good lighting for your virtual interview on platforms like Microsoft Teams, Skype, or Zoom. Sit directly in front of the screen and remove any personal items from the background. The interviewer's focus should be on you, not distractions. If conducting the interview in an internet café, look for a booth or divider to maintain privacy and minimise distractions.
Clear communication is vital, so ensure your prospective employer can hear you well. Select a quiet room away from street noise, close doors and windows, and silence your mobile phone. Inform your family members not to interrupt you during the interview. Also, close any unnecessary programs on your computer to avoid disruptions.
A job interview can be nerve-wracking, but it's important to remember that the company believes you possess the skills and abilities they are seeking, which is why you've been granted an interview. Preparation is key to success.
Here are some tips to help you feel more at ease during the interview:
Be online on time:
Know the job:
Prepare potential questions and practice your answers. Here are a few examples:
Tell us about your nursing/medical experience: Discuss your experience, highlighting the types of patients you currently care for and the differences between shifts. Provide insights into the culture of your current hospital.
What areas of nursing/radiography/physiotherapy do you most enjoy: Express your satisfaction in specific aspects or departments, emphasising the tasks you find fulfilling.
What areas of do you least enjoy: Be honest about areas you find challenging but explain how you manage and perform well in those areas.
Why do you want to come to the UK: Reflect on the reasons you want to leave your current location, considering factors like inequality, lack of security, or limited opportunities for advancement.
Prepare your own questions: Compile a list of questions you would like to ask during the interview.
Some examples include:
Once I have completed my NMC/HCPC adaptation period successfully, what courses or higher studies can I pursue?
How do the shift patterns work for the hospital and the specific department I will be placed in?
Regarding the mentorship scheme, when can I complete the course, and when will I be assigned a student nurse?
Are there any special events or social occasions for the nurses in the unit, promoting interaction outside the clinical environment?
What are your expectations of me when working in the unit, and what qualities do you consider outstanding in your staff?
First impressions matter:
Avoid dominating the conversation:
Let the interviewer lead the discussion and take the opportunity to get to know you. Talking excessively is a sign of nervousness, so aim for a balanced dialogue. Provide specific examples: When discussing your accomplishments, back them up with concrete facts. Specific examples carry more weight and demonstrate your capabilities effectively.
Maintain a positive attitude:
Armed with these tips, you'll be well-prepared to make a positive impression during your interview.