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Interview advice

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
My mum has an interview for a job at a hospital next week. It's the same job just at a different place (dental nurse). Anyways, my mum's never had an interview before and there's going to be 3 of them! They're all women though so maybe that will make it less intimidating. Anyway, I was wondering if anyone had some advice I could give her (I really want her to get it because the place she's at at the moment is crap - they pay peanuts and they're constantly understaffed. I'm pretty sure she doesn't get the legal amount of breaks and they have to get changed into their uniform there, which is a poxy toilet at the back). So anyone with experience, particuarly in the medical side of things with advice would be great. Such as what kind of questions will come up etc. And also, are they likely to ask why you're leaving your old place? Would it be bad to basically say you're leaving because the place is crap (obviously in better words)? Or would it look unprofessional? Thank you!!

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    What kind of Dental nursing job? I know you said hospital, but is it max fax, oral surgeons or community? I'll ask mum if you like, she's a Dentist and does a bit of interviewing for her trust.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Errm, I think it's surgery - like major extractions and stuff because people are usually referred to hospital when it can't be done at their surgery. She is trained in sedation (but she didn't pass the exam and she took it 3 times and she's the only nurse at the surgery trained to do it), her dentist that she does sedation with is giving a reference (she's the only dentist trained to do it too, they both do it together on mondays). I'll have to check but I'm pretty sure it's surgery. It might be community too though, I can't remember what she said. Maybe it's a bit of everything.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    In the interview they will want to know a bit about her experience, and some examples of when she's been good at her job.

    Because it's very similar to the job she's currently got, the interview should be pretty straight forward. If it's a hospital job rather than a general practise one there might be a little bit about public health, so the importance of teaching people good oral hygiene etc.

    Best advice would be not to get intimidated, the clinical people on the interview panel may well be as nervous as she is because interviewing people really isn't their speciality - they are far better with patients. If she can think through the answers to some questions, or even practise with you before hand it will seem so much easier on the day. Even if the questions are completely different.

    An example of a time you've dealt with a difficult/stroppy/frightened patient.
    What's the role of a dental nurse.
    What experience do you have of dealing with emergencies
    Example of team work skills
    why do you want this job

    That kind of stuff. Generally people find if they can um and er their way through a few questions with someone non threatening then the interview is less daunting.
  • Olly_BOlly_B Mod-u-like Posts: 222 Settling in
    Hi Ballerina,

    There's loads of good advice on interviews on The Site's Getting a Job section. Perhaps you can point your mum in that direction.

    The number one question that I think she should prepare for is "Why do you want this job?". A lot of interviewers use it as an opening question because it allows the candidate to talk about themselves (always their specialist subject!) that helps them to relax a bit. It also often highlights things that the interview panel may want to discuss later.

    So get your mum to prepare to answer that question. And part of that answer is the reason why she is leaving her current employer. Which is your next point.

    You asked whether it would be bad to say "because the place is crap"? My answer would be both yes and no. If your mum simply say "because the place is crap" then it sounds like she just likes to bad-mouth somewhere, or perhaps she didn't get on with other people.

    If she identifies what was wrong with the place then that is a good sign. So if she explains why she came to a reasoned decision and decided it was time to move on; then that's fine.

    Hope that helps...


    Olly
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    I would suggest that that she doesnt' mention that its crap at all and instead says that she wants a new challenge in life and is interested in working in a hospital as its a new environment with more exciting and complicated proceedures and that now she feels that she has gained lots of experience in her current job which is transferable.

    I would also do some back ground research on the hospital what type of trust it is how it is performing and the type of dental services they offer.

    Another question could be what a typical day is like maybe?

    or how well they get on as a team etc etc
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Interviews are quite easy to handle as long as you come prepared and with confidence. Check out this website for a wide range of Interview tips.

    http://www.alec.co.uk/interview/index.htm
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thanks everyone. Well the hospital is currently being rebuilt and then they'll knock the old site down, so she could talk about that. I suppose she should just say she's ready for a change?
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Ballerina wrote: »
    Thanks everyone. Well the hospital is currently being rebuilt and then they'll knock the old site down, so she could talk about that. I suppose she should just say she's ready for a change?

    The best way to go about it is to make the people she works for feel that she is leaving for the better and not because of the worst.For example she could say that she wants a bit of change in her life and her job is one that she would like to change.
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