All courses within The School of Health and Social Care include an interview as part of the application process. Worried about how to prepare for these? Here are my top tips to help you feel interview-ready.
Your interview day is likely to combine an overview of the course and a campus tour with a group exercise and an individual interview. Interviews can definitely be daunting but I've found that preparing properly and remembering to take lots of deep calming breaths on the day makes me feel more confident and relaxed.
To start with, make sure that you re-read your personal statement on your UCAS application form to refresh your memory. Remember that this statement got you through the door and people will be keen to hear more about the achievements and experiences you mention.
Ensure you read around the subject to fully understand what the course and the profession involves. This can be done in a number of different ways, such as:
- Reading specific documents/webpages that are key to that subject area, for example the NHS Core Values or Nursing & Midwifery Council [NMC] website.
- Researching the role of the healthcare professional on the NHS Health Careers website, looking into the day-to-day life of individuals working within that profession.
- Looking at the University of Gloucestershire School of Health and Social Care webpages for information about course structure, course modules and facilities.
- Reading literature such as books or current research papers relating to the subject area.
Doing in depth research can really build your knowledge about the course you are applying for and the career pathway after you graduate and help you think of questions to ask the interview panel. Don't forget that an interview isn't just about you being asked questions but also about you having the opportunity to ask your own questions too and show your enthusiasm for the course!
Next, I would suggest having a look on the internet at examples of general and course specific interview questions and preparing answers for them, focusing primarily on questions specific to the course. For example, 'Why do you want to be a…?' or 'What is the role of a…?'. It's also a really great idea to have a go at practicing these out loud, either to yourself (you can record these and listen back to them) or to trusted friends or family. I know this can feel a bit weird but, trust me, it helps!
It's highly likely that group work will be part of the interview, so it's a good idea to think about how you work within a group and how you might approach that situation. Try to remember to be yourself, listen to others and be supportive.
And on the day of the interview, the key things are… be prepared, be passionate and relax. Interviewers want you to do your best, so if there is something you don't understand during the interview don't be afraid to ask for them to clarify and, most importantly of all, try to stay calm.
For more help, get in touch with me or visit our interviews page.