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06 August 2008 @ 12:51 am
interview questions  
I qualify next month. (God, it sounds weird to be saying that. I'm so used to saying "next year", or "in six months" or something.) Anyway, as you do, I've been job hunting.

Preferably I want to stay within the NHS - foolish, I know - but sadly there are no jobs within the Trust where I've trained. Not a one. We've been told the best we can hope for is bank work. Many of my student colleagues have applied for and managed to get jobs in the private sector, but I'm a bit more stubborn than that and the week before last I went for an interview in a different Trust. I'm quite fortunate, really, as I live right on the border of two counties and the mental health units in the two hospitals closest to me - different Trusts, the one where I've trained and another - are geographically equidistant. Whilst operationally many things differ between the two Trusts, a job is a job and so I applied.

I just thought you might be interested to know the kind of questions I was asked at interview. I was interviewed by two people and they asked me seven questions.

  1. What have your experiences through your training taught you about yourself?

  2. Who is vulnerable when considering mental illness and what can you do about that?

  3. What would you do if you were approached by a patient who said they wanted to tell you a secret?

  4. A patient is being verbally aggressive towards you and other staff on the ward, what do you do?

  5. A patient comes to you and says they want to make a complaint about one of your colleages who is always abrupt with them. What do you do?

  6. You observe a colleague speaking to a patient in a threatening manner, what would you do?

  7. What can you tell me about section 17?

I won't bore you with my answers, I just thought you might be interested in the kind of things that may come up at interview for you, too.

For what it's worth, I got the job. Next month, I'll be working as a band 5 staff nurse on an acute ward.
Now that is just surreal.
 
 
 
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scattydovescattydove on August 6th, 2008 06:42 am (UTC)
I actually wouldn't mind seeing what you answered (if you don't mind sharing) I was recently successful at getting onto a MH nursing program at York Uni and start in October. I was sat here answering those questions myself and am just curious as to...not how many I got "right" (because i suppose there's no right answer per se) but how on track I am.

Thanks for sharing though. That was really helpful :)
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scattydovescattydove on August 6th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
Ahhh ok...it's nice to see that I was thinking along the same lines with 2,3,4 and 5. I didn't have a clue about 7 as I haven't really looked at the Mental Health Act at all...and, like you, was quite unsure about 6 :-\ But yes, it was very helpful to see the kinds of questions they ask, so thanks :) I guess there's plenty of time for me to refine my answers and prepare for that time myself.

I forgot to congratulate you earlier as well on being successful :) I'm sure you'll do great!
staceywhostaceywho on July 30th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
i was curious as to how you answered the questions too but unfortunately i cant read them, i have my first interview in a couple of weeks so im trying to prepare as much as i can x
Nix: Nursespiralstatic on October 1st, 2008 07:25 pm (UTC)
CONGRATULATIONS
For qualifying AND finding a job.

I'm only *just* getting to my second placement of Branch, and I have all assignments due in December.

Have you got your pin yet?

Ps. Sorry for the late reply.
Mental Health Warriorifr on October 1st, 2008 08:11 pm (UTC)
Re: CONGRATULATIONS
Thank you. :)

And yes, I have my PIN and I'm now £76 poor for the privilege!
Nixspiralstatic on October 1st, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
Re: CONGRATULATIONS
Heh...you would swear they didn't actually want nurses.
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