Jill Evans from the Aneurin Bevan Health Board tells us her 6 top interview tips
If you have an interview coming up, and need some extra help to get yourself the job, Jill Evans, the Senior Education & Development Manager from one of our top Apprenticeship employers, Aneurin Bevan Health Board, has shared some top interview tips with us.
The Health Board serves a diverse community and recruiting a workforce that reflects this is important to them. As a result, Jill is particularly interested in people who want to make a difference so here are her top tips:
1. What advice would you give to someone preparing for an interview with yourselves?
Go through the person specification and job description. Underline the statements that indicate the skills, experience and personal attributes required for the role. Look back on your career or experience to date and list examples that illustrate how you meet the requirements for the post. If you have no previous experience in healthcare think about how the skills and experience that you have is transferable to the role you are applying for.
It’s important that you are clear about why you would like a career in health and what your personal values are. The values of the Health Board are:
- People first
- Personal responsibility
- Passion for improvement
- Pride in what we do
Once you are at the interview get yourself comfortable and don’t be afraid to ask if you don’t understand a question. Try not to rush your answers.
2. How would you advise someone to dress for an interview?
A smart appearance is important to us as this is what will be expected in the workplace. You need to look tidy, clean and comfortable, but we certainly don’t expect you to spend a fortune on a brand new outfit!
3. What would you look for in someone’s body language?
We would look for someone who smiles when they walk in to the interview room and makes good eye contact with all members of the panel. We would expect someone to show they are listening attentively and is open and friendly. We wouldn’t expect to see someone with their arms crossed, shoulders hunched and head down.
4. What tips would you give to someone answering the question ‘Tell me about yourself’
This is a great opportunity to show more of your personality. It can be helpful to answer this question with a mix of personal information such as any hobbies or achievements outside of work, especially if they ‘add value’ to what you do in the workplace such as learning Welsh. It can also enable you to talk a little about your career path to date and why you feel this post is right for you.
5. How would you advise someone to finish off their interview?
Thank the panel for the opportunity to meet with them. Ask any questions you would like or revisit any questions.
6. Are there any specific tips/ things you look out for?
Plan your route to the interview – if it’s in a hospital setting then parking can be notoriously difficult. Think about how long your journey will take you? Allow time for delays beyond your control, such as traffic jams. Practise the route, if necessary.