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    (Original post by Eager Beaver)
    Passed both the practical and numeracy & literacy tests for HCA post. Now all I have left is the interview! I'm kind of nervous for this, any tips and pointers on what they may ask me?
    Well done hope you get the job. Well on mine they asked about basic duties I would have to carry out, how I would deal with a complaint from a patient and if a pertinent comes in a wheel chair via ambulance and is heavy then how would you go about transferring him to the bed lol. Also PPE is patient protection equipment (e.g. Gloves when taking blood, aprons when serving food etc ) don't worry it's really straight forward. Just know the job description and person spec well


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    (Original post by Eager Beaver)
    Passed both the practical and numeracy & literacy tests for HCA post. Now all I have left is the interview! I'm kind of nervous for this, any tips and pointers on what they may ask me?
    Patient* not pertinent :\ lol


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    (Original post by Dr.Ugs)
    Well done hope you get the job. Well on mine they asked about basic duties I would have to carry out, how I would deal with a complaint from a patient and if a pertinent comes in a wheel chair via ambulance and is heavy then how would you go about transferring him to the bed lol. Also PPE is patient protection equipment (e.g. Gloves when taking blood, aprons when serving food etc ) don't worry it's really straight forward. Just know the job description and person spec well


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    Thanks a lot! I didn't even know about PPE at least I do now! I will review the person spec now as well, along with the job description
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    (Original post by Eager Beaver)
    Thanks a lot! I didn't even know about PPE at least I do now! I will review the person spec now as well, along with the job description
    I didn't know of it either lol they told me the answer when I told them I didn't know in my interview


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    (Original post by Eager Beaver)
    Passed both the practical and numeracy & literacy tests for HCA post. Now all I have left is the interview! I'm kind of nervous for this, any tips and pointers on what they may ask me?
    Look up the trusts values and vision and if its not one of the first questions they ask, find a way to bulldoze it into an answer, it sounds impressive and shows you've done your research!
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    (Original post by ameelia22)
    Look up the trusts values and vision and if its not one of the first questions they ask, find a way to bulldoze it into an answer, it sounds impressive and shows you've done your research!
    (Original post by Dr.Ugs)
    I didn't know of it either lol they told me the answer when I told them I didn't know in my interview


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    Thanks for all the help guys How long did each of your interviews last?
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    (Original post by Eager Beaver)
    Thanks for all the help guys How long did each of your interviews last?
    Mine was 10 minutes long


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    (Original post by Dr.Ugs)
    Mine was 10 minutes long


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    Seems daunting, my interview is tomorrow by the way! What did you guys wear? I'm thinking that a suit is too informal...
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    (Original post by Eager Beaver)
    Seems daunting, my interview is tomorrow by the way! What did you guys wear? I'm thinking that a suit is too informal...
    Don't worry about it you will be fine. I wore smart clothes, blazer, white shirt, black trousers; generally what you would wear at any interview. At first I felt OTT but then I saw other applicants looking extra smart with ties and high heels lol


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    (Original post by Dr.Ugs)
    Don't worry about it you will be fine. I wore smart clothes, blazer, white shirt, black trousers; generally what you would wear at any interview. At first I felt OTT but then I saw other applicants looking extra smart with ties and high heels lol


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    I wore something similar this morning. And thanks for all your help! At the end of the interview I was told that I secured the job, so happy !!! Hopefully all the experience this job gives me will put me in good stead for the next cycle.
    Hows everything going job-wise with you? Did you also get a HCA post?
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    (Original post by Dr.Ugs)
    I'm a reapplicant taking a gap year and yourself?

    Well of the NHS website where it says "supporting information" you enter your personal statement; I make mine tailored towards the person specification that they provide in the advert so I tick all the boxes. Just apply for all the jobs with a salary up to £20k; that's how I found a lab assistant post

    Just keep applying you will get some interviews


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    Yup, I'm a gap year reapplicant too.
    Thanks a lot for the help, i'll do what you said. I applied to loads of HCA jobs on the directgov website yesterday as well. Hopefully, i'll get one soon.
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    Yup, I'm a gap year reapplicant too.
    Thanks a lot for the help, i'll do what you said. I applied to loads of HCA jobs on the directgov website yesterday as well. Hopefully, i'll get one soon.
    Best of luck have you done your UKCAT?


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    (Original post by Eager Beaver)
    I wore something similar this morning. And thanks for all your help! At the end of the interview I was told that I secured the job, so happy !!! Hopefully all the experience this job gives me will put me in good stead for the next cycle.
    Hows everything going job-wise with you? Did you also get a HCA post?
    Congratulations! I hope you enjoy the job and its a fantastic experience to mention. Unfortunately, I couldn't get a HCA job, hardly any to apply for in Manchester. But I have three interviews coming up; ward clerk, decontamination assistant and medical lab assistant. I'm hoping to secure the lab assistant one was you get more money and it seems more scientific as I get to do blood tests and stuff haha

    Have you done your UKCAT?

    How you feeling about results day?


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    (Original post by Dr.Ugs)
    Best of luck have you done your UKCAT?


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    Thanks and no, I have got it in september! What about you?
    Also, i cant find the 'more information' section on the NHS website, the one you were talking about before. Could you tell where it is specifically, or send me a link?
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    Thanks and no, I have got it in september! What about you?
    Also, i cant find the 'more information' section on the NHS website, the one you were talking about before. Could you tell where it is specifically, or send me a link?
    I don't think you will be able to acces the link if not logged in to my account. Here is a screen shot.

    When you click on apply now and tick the declaration box you will see multicoloured headings and the one saying "additional information" iswhere you enter the PS. Name:  ImageUploadedByStudent Room1375835575.301488.jpg
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    Anyone else postponing ALL medicine plans such as UKCAT, personal statement, looking for job...till after results day?

    I just have this crippling fear that I wouldn't get 3 A's and I can't bear to make any blind preparations...

    How do you guys do it?

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    (Original post by SuziieB)
    Anyone else postponing ALL medicine plans such as UKCAT, personal statement, looking for job...till after results day?

    I just have this crippling fear that I wouldn't get 3 A's and I can't bear to make any blind preparations...

    How do you guys do it?

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    I have postponed all of the mentioned apart from finding a job as that takes the longest. I know what you mean, I haven't even started preparing for my UKCAT nor wrote even a plan for my PS coz I feel I won't be able to apply after that AQA chem5 exam; I think I will get AAB but don't worry!!! There are unis that will accept resitters so everything is not doomed

    I would highly recommend applying for jobs now as it can take a while. I have been applying since may (3 a week) and have not got one yet. Now I apply for more as I have more time. I suggest you do the same as UCAS deadline may pass and you won't have a job to state for your PS. NHS website is the place to be right now

    Welcome to the club btw


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    (Original post by Dr.Ugs)
    I have postponed all of the mentioned apart from finding a job as that takes the longest. I know what you mean, I haven't even started preparing for my UKCAT nor wrote even a plan for my PS coz I feel I won't be able to apply after that AQA chem5 exam; I think I will get AAB but don't worry!!! There are unis that will accept resitters so everything is not doomed

    I would highly recommend applying for jobs now as it can take a while. I have been applying since may (3 a week) and have not got one yet. Now I apply for more as I have more time. I suggest you do the same as UCAS deadline may pass and you won't have a job to state for your PS. NHS website is the place to be right now

    Welcome to the club btw


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    Sorry to interrupt the conversation :P
    But do you know which unis accept resitters? Scared I might get AAB too


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    (Original post by Dr.Ugs)
    Congratulations! I hope you enjoy the job and its a fantastic experience to mention. Unfortunately, I couldn't get a HCA job, hardly any to apply for in Manchester. But I have three interviews coming up; ward clerk, decontamination assistant and medical lab assistant. I'm hoping to secure the lab assistant one was you get more money and it seems more scientific as I get to do blood tests and stuff haha

    Have you done your UKCAT?

    How you feeling about results day?


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    Thank you . Ahh, there are hardly any HCA posts in my area too - I was just lucky to get the first job I applied for. And no my UKCAT is next month, I guess that's the next hurdle! As for results day, I just can't tell, the day could go either way.
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    Sorry to interrupt the conversation :P
    But do you know which unis accept resitters? Scared I might get AAB too


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    You are not alone check the "medicine resit success stories" thread, I have listed all the unis that will consider you in there


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