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Selection and interviews

Once the advert has closed the recruiting manager will start the process of shortlisting. This may take a few days, depending on the number of applications but we aim to finish all shortlisting within two weeks of the closing date.

All applications are scored against the job description and person specification for the role.  If you are successful you will be invited to attend for interview.  If you have not heard anything from us within four weeks of your application, please presume that on that occasion you have not been successful.

Applications are sent to the recruiting manager anonymously for shortlisting so that it is carried out fairly.

Our HR department will invite applicants to interview on a specific date and will ask you to confirm your attendance.  Your invite will include details of the interview panel and any additional tests that form part of the selection process, as well as when and where to come for your interview.

Preparing for your interview

Our Trust is all about people and individuality so we want you to relax and be yourself throughout the recruitment process. Remember, we’re not trying to catch you out, we just need to make sure you have the right skills to deliver the results that our patients, and your colleagues, expect.

Here are some useful tips on preparing for your interview:

  • Think about the questions you might be asked: we base interview questions on the job description, person specification and the information in your application form.
  • Prepare some examples: think of some examples that show how you meet the person specification criteria. Make these brief and to the point.
  • Do your research: it helps to know as much as possible about what the role involves, what goes on at the Trust and in the department you’re applying to.
  • Prepare some questions: Think about what qquestions you might ask. Don't forget that this is also your chance to see if the role is suitable for you. Don't be afraid to ask questions, for example about the role or development prospects.
  • First impressions count: think about your appearance and ensure you look smart. Be friendly but professional, smile, even if you're nervous inside – it helps you to relax and makes you look more approachable and enthusiastic.
  • Plan your travel arrangements: Your interview could take place in any of our locations. Make sure you have the right one and you know how long it takes to travel there. Our Springfield Hospital site is very large so you should make sure you know where on the site your interview is taking place. Ask for a site map in advance or look on our website.
  • Avoid distractions: Concentrate - make sure you switch off your mobile phone!
  • Be aware of your body language: make eye contact with everyone in the room but don’t overdo it. Smiling over introductions will help you to relax and ensure you appear approachable. Don't fold your arms during the interview; it can be seen as negative and gives the impression that you're not interested.

Your interview

The recruiting manager will be on the interview panel, along with other employees of the Trust.

The panel will ask you questions relating to the role and your experience score your responses and will make a decision about whether or not you have been successful in your application for the position. They will contact you either way to confirm this and HR will also confirm once we have the interview pack.

  • Think about how you answer your questions. Don't ramble, but don't be so brief that the interviewers have to continually prompt you for more information.
  • Try to keep to the point and make sure you are actually answering the question.
  • If you do not have relevant experience of a situation, don't be afraid to say so, but suggest what you would do in that situation or think of another way to demonstrate your ability or the skills they are looking for. Equally, if you don't understand a question, ask for clarification.
  • The interviewers may ask you questions about the information you submitted on your application form. They are likely to ask you about your current or last role and about any gaps in your employment.

Letting you know

The recruiting manager will tell you at your interview how and when you will be notified of the outcome of your interview.

If you are successful, the recruiting manager will usually ring to let you know. If you are unsuccessful you will receive an email letting you know and giving you the opportunity to contact someone for further feedback.

Filling out your application

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Applying for a job here

All our vacancies are advertised in current vacancies on our site and at NHS Jobs

We do not accept CVs for the majority of vacancies, so it is vital that you fill in the online form correctly: it is the only document we have to help us decide whether or not to invite you to interview.

Sometimes we restrict vacancies to internal staff only, but this will be shown on the advert.

Top tips for filling out your application

  • Read the instructions in the advertisement and application form very carefully and make sure that you complete all the sections of the application form. The information you give in the 'application for employment' section will be used to decide if you should be shortlisted for interview.
  • if you have any questions about the role that are not answered by the job description, please get in touch with the named contact in the vacancy advert for an informal discussion..
  • It is really important that you read the job description and person specification throughly before you apply for any position. You need to be able to prove that you meet the requirements of the role you are applying for and your application should show how you meet each of the criteria listed as essential for the role.
  • Tailor your application to the role: don’t just add your CV to the supporting statement section. The 'supporting information' section is your opportunity to sell yourself; use it to your advantage. You can include any information here that has not been covered elsewhere on the form. 
  • Make sure your personal information is up to date and make sure you explain any gaps in your work or educational history. 
  • When you have completed your form, make sure you read it throught for any errors or omissions before you send it: you cannot make any changes once you have submitted your application.
  • Check the closing date of the vacancy.
  • Don’t forget to check your NHS Jobs’ account: check your emails and NHS Jobs’ account regularly as this is the way we will contact you with updates on your application.

work with us


We believe that good staff and good patient experience go hand in hand and the people who work with us are at the very heart of delivering an excellent service to our patients.

You will see from the wide range of benefits that we offer that we will look after you throughout your career with us.

Over the next five years we will continue to transform the way we provide services, investing over £160million in building state-of-the-art mental health hospitals which will be amongst the very best in the world. This is a great time to join us.

Our very wide range of job roles and opportunities combined with our reputation for excellence in mental health services make us an attractive place to work. We are always searching for staff who embody our values and are innovative, adaptable and committed to providing our patients with superior, evidence-based care. By coming to work with us you will be at the heart of an organisation with a rich history, well-established community links and an international reputation in healthcare.

With more than 100 clinical teams across the Trust, you will have the opportunity to work with highly motivated and dedicated professionals, including doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, occupational therapists, psychotherapists and psychologists; so your work will have a real impact.

View our latest vacancies.

Apply to work on our Staff bank

Get the chance to earn extra income (0.2 point of each band) including inner London weighting paid on a weekly basis.

  • Ability to work extra hours when you choose including while on annual leave provided that you do not breach any working time regulations requirements.
  • Professional Development and supervision opportunities from working in other wards/departments.
  • Great networking opportunities by working with different teams.

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