Non-Medical Interview Tips

Sara Sabin Posted by Sara Sabin on March 08, 2016


So you’ve decided what to apply for, done your research and got your CV in shape. Congratulations, you’ve got to interview stage! Now what?

Most non-medical interviews will have a competency based assessment element. This means that you give concrete examples of situations you have already been in, which demonstrate the skills that your potential future employer is looking for.

  • Do not waffle
  • Do not go in unprepared

Competency interviews require you to put in the effort up front.

  • First, you need to research lots of examples of competency based questions.
  • Second you’ll need to think back over your history to find examples that show you’ve got the relevant skills and abilities.

A useful matrix to follow is STAR for each example:

Situation – the circumstances.

Task – your role.

Action – this showcases the skills that the question is testing. What you did, how you did it, why you did it.

Result – give your story an ending.

Putting this into an example context:


Situation – I was working in my Foundation 2 year in the A&E department at King’s Hospital, as part of a team of 7 doctors.

Task – on a particularly busy Saturday night we were short staffed. Someone in the waiting room collapsed and started convulsing.

Action – I asked the desk staff to keep the patients relatives calm, I gave CPR, someone else in my team helped, asked for advice from SHO in charge etc

Result – patient was fine, filled out paperwork.

You can see that this fictional example is extremely specific. What you are trying to do is make the interviewer feel like they were actually there, watching you in this situation. That makes it sound genuine.

Remember if you say you have a skiil, you must be able to back it up with an example!


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