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    (Original post by Sazam)
    Thank you for replying! I feel a bit silly for applying for so many jobs.. If I look young am I likely not to get the job? I've done work experience at a hospital and volunteer at an Alzheimer's society..

    Can you give me any tips on how to play my strengths?
    You just have to go for it. You might not get any, you might get them all (in which case you get your pick of the crop)- which position would you rather be in?

    Not at all, but just think about it if you were the employer. You've got someone fresh out of school, no HCA experience, few experiences at all actually since they are just 18. Then you have someone who is 24, been on the job market for a while, has more life experience even if they don't have previous HCA experience - more likely to stick around with you for longer.

    Contrary to this, at one of my interviews, i mentioned to the lovely lady conducting the interview, that "I know I'm young, and just out of school but I am really committed and determined to work hard, do my best etc," and she said she actually preferred applicants with little HCA experience, because it meant they weren't stuck in their ways, and would learn how to do things to the standard she wanted.
    Then at another interview, I was told I needed more experience in a paid role, because volunteer work wasn't good enough, and didn't expose me to the more challenging aspects of the job. Swings and roundabouts.

    Unlike a medical school application there is no real way to manipulate the game so you have the best chance of winning. You are already ahead of most other people, decent GCSE's and predicted top A-levels, and plenty of volunteer work, and have made the effort to get into hospitals.
    What I would do, is if your confident speaking, ring ahead. Ring the contact number, and just ask some questions. It doesn't really matter what they are, as long as you make a good impression on the phone, and they know your name. Then hopefully whenever they do go through the applications, they'll see and remember your name. You just have to appear like you really want it, and don't be afraid to throw the sympathy card down.
    I would normally say, "Hi, I'm blah blah, I've just applied for blah blah, and I hope you don't mind me calling, but I just had a couple of questions...how many applications have their been, how many are you interviewing or whatever, as I say, my name is blah blah, and I really hope I make the cut for interview, it being so competitive or whatever...well anyway, my name is blah blah so you'll hopefully come across me soon..!" or whatever. The point is they remember your name.
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    guys after results day, say you get A* A* B or A* A B is there still a chance you'll be accepted into undergraduate medicine or would you have a better shot at resitting? then re applying
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    (Original post by mattan)
    guys after results day, say you get A* A* B or A* A B is there still a chance you'll be accepted into undergraduate medicine or would you have a better shot at resitting? then re applying
    Only Keele would consider A*AB. You could apply there next cycle plus resit for a shot at the unis who don't mind that (BSMS, Plymouth, Exeter IIRC).
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    (Original post by Sazam)
    I dont know what a sig is so I just kind of went through your profile? Haha.

    You're a healthcare assistant? That is so cool, I have an interview next week and am super nervous. With so many people applying, I'm just worried I'll look too young and inexperienced and won't stand a chance.
    What should I expect in the interview/ assesment?
    If you don't mind me asking which hospital do you work at, I'm in London too
    Look for one of the threads I created, it's called Revents Freedom of Information....etc..

    Yeah, good luck with your interview! Talk about a time you looked after someone, can be anyone really, talk about medical work experience you did, importance of confidentiality, and that you can prioritise tasks and what not


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    I've applied for a ton of local "health related jobs" including a carer job. They called me today but I was driving so my friend picked up and the lady was from AlliedHealthcare (I applied for a job there). However I said I'd call back but by that time they'd closed! I leave for holiday tomorrow so I wont be able to contact them for 3 weeks! What's the chance I was offered an interview? I mean people generally don't call up to reject you right?
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    (Original post by Maccman)
    I've applied for a ton of local "health related jobs" including a carer job. They called me today but I was driving so my friend picked up and the lady was from AlliedHealthcare (I applied for a job there). However I said I'd call back but by that time they'd closed! I leave for holiday tomorrow so I wont be able to contact them for 3 weeks! What's the chance I was offered an interview? I mean people generally don't call up to reject you right?
    Yeah it was probably an interview. Just leave a message, and illustrate keenness to work there, and the shame how it's bad timing.
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    I just had my first interview as a hca in a mental health ward and I got the job!!!! :dance:
    So i thought I'd tell people about my experience.
    My interview was nothing like so of the others, i didn't do any assessments or any practical things. It only took around 20 minutes to have an interview with a panel of to. They asked me:
    Tell us about yourself
    why HCA
    what experience do you have
    and then they gave me some scenarios and asked me how I would react. I was very calm and quick but if anyone wants any advice or help feel free to contact me
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    (Original post by babychocolate)
    I just had my first interview as a hca in a mental health ward and I got the job!!!! :dance:
    So i thought I'd tell people about my experience.
    My interview was nothing like so of the others, i didn't do any assessments or any practical things. It only took around 20 minutes to have an interview with a panel of to. They asked me:
    Tell us about yourself
    why HCA
    what experience do you have
    and then they gave me some scenarios and asked me how I would react. I was very calm and quick but if anyone wants any advice or help feel free to contact me
    Congratulations! :woo: How long did it take for them to respond post-interview?
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    (Original post by frogs r everywhere)
    Congratulations! :woo: How long did it take for them to respond post-interview?
    My interview was at 9:30 and they called me at 2:30 so around 5 hours.
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    Is it worth working as a decontamination assistant instead of HCA as those jobs are so hard to get!!


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    (Original post by babychocolate)
    I just had my first interview as a hca in a mental health ward and I got the job!!!! :dance:
    So i thought I'd tell people about my experience.
    My interview was nothing like so of the others, i didn't do any assessments or any practical things. It only took around 20 minutes to have an interview with a panel of to. They asked me:
    Tell us about yourself
    why HCA
    what experience do you have
    and then they gave me some scenarios and asked me how I would react. I was very calm and quick but if anyone wants any advice or help feel free to contact me
    Congratulations!
    If you don't mind me asking, did you much Healthcare experience before applying and how old are you (don't feel obliged to answer this)?

    I've had 2 HCA interviews, but I lack experience in healthcare and I suck at interviews lol
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    (Original post by TheRedPineapple)
    Congratulations!
    If you don't mind me asking, did you much Healthcare experience before applying and how old are you (don't feel obliged to answer this)?

    I've had 2 HCA interviews, but I lack experience in healthcare and I suck at interviews lol
    Keep applying for HCA jobs. The more interviews you gain, the more practice you will get for your medicine interviews. They may not ask you about various ethical scenario or the roles of a Doctor, but HCA interviews will allow you to become familiar with communicating in a setting where you're being assessed.

    You don't need much experience for Band 2 jobs unless they specifically ask for it in the person spec. Even then, you could use your long term volunteering or even work experience.
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    (Original post by TheRedPineapple)
    Congratulations!
    If you don't mind me asking, did you much Healthcare experience before applying and how old are you (don't feel obliged to answer this)?

    I've had 2 HCA interviews, but I lack experience in healthcare and I suck at interviews lol
    I've volunteered in a care home once a week for 2 hours for almost a year and I also did a weeks worth of work experience in a different one. They both specialised in mental health so I had some sort of experience in a mental health setting. I'm 18, I've only just finished year 13.

    Don't give up, carry on applying, I had to apply to 15-20 jobs before I got this one interview. Also the job was in a smaller ward to might not have been as competitive ( but thats just a guess)
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    Ah thanks for the advice, ill keep at it... ive only applied for about 8 so far with 2 interviews.
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    (Original post by TheRedPineapple)
    Ah thanks for the advice, ill keep at it... ive only applied for about 8 so far with 2 interviews.
    That's pretty good going. I applied to around 40 various health care related jobs, and only got like 4 interviews!
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    (Original post by ameelia22)
    That's pretty good going. I applied to around 40 various health care related jobs, and only got like 4 interviews!
    Your 1000th post woo!
    When will you be start working?
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    Hey im a successful reaplicant this year and have two unconditional offers. Any advice needed pm me. Cheers
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    (Original post by frogs r everywhere)
    Your 1000th post woo!
    When will you be start working?
    I have my induction these next 2 days!
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    (Original post by ameelia22)
    I have my induction these next 2 days!
    Congratulations!!! Did you only apply from NHS jobs or are there other ways??


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