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The interview process has a variety of purposes, both for the
interviewer and interviewee. These include:
Different specialties and Deaneries organise the interview process
in a range of ways, and you should be told what to expect when
invited for interview. You may, for example, be given three short
structured interviews at different stations, including perhaps a
portfolio / CV station and a situational judgment station.
The interview allows you to show, after careful consideration of
your specialty choice, how your skills match those required to be
successful in your choice of career. Most importantly, during
the interview process, you should try to remain calm, and to be
It is important, when preparing for an interview, to familiarise
yourself with the person specification and job
description. Think about how you will demonstrate that you
meet the criteria for the post, and prepare in advance some
examples of personal experiences that are relevant. For each
experience, consider the following questions:
The interviewer will also be looking at the way you present
yourself as well as your achievements both academically and
professionally. It is important to create a good first impression
through your physical presentation and manner.
Situation - Put the situation into context:
briefly describe the situation so that the example can be clearly
Task - Go into more detail: when, where, how
many, how often...
Action - State what action you actually took -
what was your contribution?
Result - Describe the outcome: what were the
positive / learning points? How did you reflect (evaluate) the
Use the sample questions to help prepare you for your
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