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    Because it's interview time for a lot of applicants atm in nursing/healthcare and also because i am procrastinating from doing my essay i thought i'd compile a little guide on how to prepare and survive an interview for nursing or an allied healthcare degree!

    What to do 1 week before your interview

    1. Prepare what you're going to wear, dressing smart- comes across as smart! Be sensible, you may have a tour of the campus or nursing school and this may involve a lot of walking so possible avoid heels!

    2. Plan your travel and if possible, have a 'practice' trip there. Sometimes going to an interview can be the 1st/2nd time you may have visited the institution, and public transport and traffic can cause problems! Make sure you know how you're going to get there, exactly where you're going and how much time will be needed! You don't want to be late!

    3. Make sure those close to you know you have an important interview coming up. A good support network is very useful to lean back on!

    4. Get your documentation sorted out! Find those old GCSE certificates, or a-level ones they may be needed. Make sure you know what you need to bring with you, and keep it safe!

    5. Make sure you've told your school or workplace that you may need time off and what for, however i'd reccomend not leaving it a week before the interview but ASAP!

    What to do 5 days before the interview

    1. Start some research! Go visit the following websites, and make a list of topics you notice or are brought up to do with healthcare or your chosen subject
    www.nmc.org.uk
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/default.stm
    http://www.nursingtimes.net/
    http://nursingstandard.rcnpublishing.co.uk/
    http://www.nhs.uk/Pages/HomePage.aspx
    http://learning.bmj.com/learning/channel-home.html
    http://www.nice.org.uk/
    http://www.rcn.org.uk/
    http://www.newscientist.com/
    http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/index.htm
    http://www.youtube.com/user/departmentofhealth
    http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publichealth/index.htm
    http://www.bhf.org.uk/
    http://www.mariecurie.org.uk/

    Now, with these subjects you're interested in, do some furthur research, maybe a bit of google, or in your library, if you were asked your opinion on a contempory subject in health today, what would you say?

    2. Get a good friend, and sit down and get them to ask the following questions:

    1. Why have you applied to become a nurse/physio/ot
    2. Why this university?
    3. What is your understanding of what a nurse/physio/ot does?
    4. Give us an example of good teamwork, and why it worked well
    5. What would you consider your good and bad values, and how do you think these can relate to nursing/physio/ot

    Plan your answers, but also consider what your answer truly is. Be honest, genuine and also be open to feedback from your partner. Are your arms crossed, are you umming and ahhing a lot, speaking too quietly or too fast?

    What to do 3 days before your interview

    1. Read through your PS, make a list of questions they may ask from it

    2. Plan a night out after your interview with mates!

    What to do the night before your interview
    Spend at the most 30 minutes getting your bag packed, documentation sorted, and organise where you can find it, then RELAX!

    What to do the morning of your interview

    1. Have a nice strong hearty breakfast, porridge, sausages and eggs..whatever!

    2. Find a nice book or magazine to read on the journey there if it's a long one!


    What to do 5 mins before your interview!

    1. Try some relaxation techniques, deep breathes through the nose and out the mouth

    2. Try some visualisation technique, you as a qualified nurse helping a patient out, feeling happy and confident




    anything else i can add?

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    Talk about your favourite role model - Nurse Joy:



    They'll get the message.
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    Smile and make eye contact!
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    www.csp.org.uk for physio!! Having an idea of the different branches of physio is useful- most people don't realise about women's health, mental health etc.

    Make a list of your strong and weak points- communication, teamwork etc, and examples of how you have demonstrated those before at school/ work/ scouts etc. You can then apply that to a 'what are you strengths/ weaknesses?' question, as well as a 'what would you bring to your cohort?' question, and a 'why would you make a good XXX?' question.

    Assuming most people applying will have done some form of work experience- make a list of what you saw/ did on your observation, so you can use that as an example.

    Make sure you have photocopies of your documents as you will most likely need this.

    Make sure you have some snacks and a bottle of water (may sound obvious but....!).
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    Try and remember the exact moment when you first realised you wanted to be a nurse - any experiences that you have had in the past ? eg like caring for your nan who was sick etc.. They like personal stories. Than just 'I want to be a nurse because.. I like to care for people and be helpful... blah blah'

    Some other questions they will ask:

    Children's Nursing

    - How do you think you would cope with the death of a child
    - What would you do if you found out a child was being abused?
    - Why child nursing and not adult?
    - What experience have you had so far with children?


    More questions

    -What is the role of a nurse?
    -How important is communication in nursing?
    -Why adult branch?
    - Tell me a bit about yourself...
    - What will you bring to the course?
    - Name a stressful situation you have been in and how did you cope?
    -How important is team work? examples of when you have worked within a team?
    - Why nursing and not another healthcare career?
    - Name some examples when you have provided care & experience of any health care setting.
    -Why are you suited to Nursing?
    - What are your inspirations?
    - What research have you done about the course?
    - List the qualities that make a good nurse...
    - How do you cope under pressure?
    -Current nursing issues in the media (related to your branch)
    - What are your strengths & weaknesses?


    1-2 weeks before interview type lots of these questions out and write short bullet point answers underneath, it will help you remember what to say in the interview but don't learn answers word for word as they will probably be able to tell.

    Just remember to be yourself! Show them who you really are and why you really want to be a nurse. Only you can get that across. No one else!
    Think of all the applicants they interview and they probably ask the same sort of questions - they want to hear unique answers! So personal stories can be good for that!

    GOOD LUCK!
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    Bring a pen and paper- for my literacy test they didn't provide one!
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    (Original post by Subcutaneous)
    Because it's interview time for a lot of applicants atm in nursing/healthcare and also because i am procrastinating from doing my essay i thought i'd compile a little guide on how to prepare and survive an interview for nursing or an allied healthcare degree!

    What to do 1 week before your interview

    1. Prepare what you're going to wear, dressing smart- comes across as smart! Be sensible, you may have a tour of the campus or nursing school and this may involve a lot of walking so possible avoid heels!

    2. Plan your travel and if possible, have a 'practice' trip there. Sometimes going to an interview can be the 1st/2nd time you may have visited the institution, and public transport and traffic can cause problems! Make sure you know how you're going to get there, exactly where you're going and how much time will be needed! You don't want to be late!

    3. Make sure those close to you know you have an important interview coming up. A good support network is very useful to lean back on!

    4. Get your documentation sorted out! Find those old GCSE certificates, or a-level ones they may be needed. Make sure you know what you need to bring with you, and keep it safe!

    5. Make sure you've told your school or workplace that you may need time off and what for, however i'd reccomend not leaving it a week before the interview but ASAP!

    What to do 5 days before the interview

    1. Start some research! Go visit the following websites, and make a list of topics you notice or are brought up to do with healthcare or your chosen subject
    www.nmc.org.uk
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/default.stm
    http://www.nursingtimes.net/
    http://nursingstandard.rcnpublishing.co.uk/
    http://www.nhs.uk/Pages/HomePage.aspx
    http://learning.bmj.com/learning/channel-home.html
    http://www.nice.org.uk/
    http://www.rcn.org.uk/
    http://www.newscientist.com/
    http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/index.htm
    http://www.youtube.com/user/departmentofhealth
    http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publichealth/index.htm
    http://www.bhf.org.uk/
    http://www.mariecurie.org.uk/

    Now, with these subjects you're interested in, do some furthur research, maybe a bit of google, or in your library, if you were asked your opinion on a contempory subject in health today, what would you say?

    2. Get a good friend, and sit down and get them to ask the following questions:

    1. Why have you applied to become a nurse/physio/ot
    2. Why this university?
    3. What is your understanding of what a nurse/physio/ot does?
    4. Give us an example of good teamwork, and why it worked well
    5. What would you consider your good and bad values, and how do you think these can relate to nursing/physio/ot

    Plan your answers, but also consider what your answer truly is. Be honest, genuine and also be open to feedback from your partner. Are your arms crossed, are you umming and ahhing a lot, speaking too quietly or too fast?

    What to do 3 days before your interview

    1. Read through your PS, make a list of questions they may ask from it

    2. Plan a night out after your interview with mates!

    What to do the night before your interview
    Spend at the most 30 minutes getting your bag packed, documentation sorted, and organise where you can find it, then RELAX!

    What to do the morning of your interview

    1. Have a nice strong hearty breakfast, porridge, sausages and eggs..whatever!

    2. Find a nice book or magazine to read on the journey there if it's a long one!


    What to do 5 mins before your interview!

    1. Try some relaxation techniques, deep breathes through the nose and out the mouth

    2. Try some visualisation technique, you as a qualified nurse helping a patient out, feeling happy and confident




    anything else i can add?

    you really do have too much time on your hands!
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    you really do have too much time on your hands!

    Anything to avoid doing an essay
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    Make your answers personal, this makes you stand out alot more unlike the generic answers to questions, which alot of people use!

    Common sense really but people dont think sometimes, also try and get a longer rather than shorter answer in, it makes you feel better about the interview and gives way to more questions and discussion on something you know about, just make sure it makes sense lol

    Also remember to think of questions to ask them at the end, it looks bad if you have nothing to ask (Also make sure you dont ask things your supposed to know)
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    (Original post by Subcutaneous)
    Anything to avoid doing an essay
    hahaha fair play!
 
 
 
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