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selection and interviews

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.

 

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