How to Prepare for your Interview

If you're preparing for an interview for one of our health and social care courses, you can find out below what to expect on the day and pick up some tips on how to get ready for your interview and/or literacy and numeracy tests.

Our top 5 interview preparation tips

  1. Do your research - research the profession and keep up to date with current issues in the media. Think about the reasons why you have applied to do the course, and what qualities are essential for health professionals.
  2. Practice with test papers - the example test papers below will help you get a feel for the kind of questions you will be asked on your tests (if applicable). Why not print them out and have a go at answering the questions?
  3. Check your application - refresh your memory by reading back through your initial application so that you can confidently explain your reasons for applying for the course. 
  4. Research interview questions - think about the kind of questions you may be asked in your interview, and consider how you can use your past experience in your answers. You may also want to take along any work you think will be relevant to support your application.  
  5. Plan ahead - make sure you know where you need to go on the day and how you're going to get there. Leave yourself plenty of time to avoid a last minute rush.

The Adult Nursing selection day will be made up of a full day of activities, including literacy and numeracy tests, group discussions and interviews. A full intinerary for the day will be sent to you by email when you are invited to attend.

Sample test paper and answers

The sample test paper below will give you an idea of the kind of questions you will be asked during your literacy and numeracy tests.

The Child Nursing selection day will be made up of a full day of activities, including numeracy and literacy tests, individual interviews, and an interview by young people who access health services regularly.

Sample test paper and answers

The sample test paper below will give you an idea of the kind of questions you will be asked during your literacy and numeracy tests.

The Mental Health Nursing selection day will be made up of a full day of activities, including numeracy and literacy tests, group interviews and individual interviews.

Sample test paper and answers

The sample test papers below will give you an idea of the kind of questions you will be asked during your literacy and numeracy tests.

The Midwifery interview will take place over a half day. It will begin with a midwifery programme discussion followed by a literacy assessment, and a mini multiple interview. You will also have the opportunity to talk to a midwifery student ambassador about their experiences as a student at Christ Church. A full itinerary for the half day will be sent to you when you are invited to attend the interview.

Sample reflection

The sample below will give you an idea of how to write a reflective piece to include in your portfolio. In your reflection, you should demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of midwifery and the role of the midwife. You can do this by reflecting on a few (4-5) different experiences you have had and then relating these experiences to your understanding of maternity services and the role of the midwife.

The Radiography interview will take place over a half day where you will have a presentation about the Radiography programme, a campus tour with a radiography student and a multiple mini interview.

A full itinerary for the half day will be sent to you when you are invited to attend the interview.

There are no tests for entry on to the Diagnostic Radiography programme.

As you consider applying for this programme you will be expected to demonstrate good writing skills and some knowledge base on social work and social issues. As you make the choice to come on this programme there is an expectation that you have some understanding on aspects of human behaviour societal and contemporary issues in social work and social care.

As an applicants you required to demonstrate some understanding of the knowledge and skills required for social work practice. This includes for example having an awareness of poverty, issues of class, race, disability, gender and social policy issues and debates including some of the essential skills required for social work practice.

To help you prepare for your interview, we have provided a list of books and resources below:

  • Adams, R. (2010) The Short Guide to Social Work. Bristol: The Policy Press.
  • Adams, R, Dominelli, L., & Payne, M. (2009) Social Work themes: Issues and Critical Debates, 3rd edn. London: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Barrington, F. (2015) Known to Social Services. East Longmeadow: Faraxa Publishing. Beckett, C. & Maynard, A. (2013) Values and Ethics in Social Work, 2nd end. London: Sage
  • Cree, V. (2003) Becoming a Social Worker. London: Routledge.
  • Doel, M. (2012) Social Work: The Basics. London: Routledge.
  • Hilton, S. (2015) More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First. London: Penguin Random House.
  • Horner, N (2012) What is Social Work? Exeter: Learning Matters
  • Jones, O. (2011) Chavs: The demonization of the Working Class. London: Verso.
  • Palattiyil, G., Sidhva, D and Chakrabarti, M. (2016) Social Work in a Global Context: Issues and Challenges. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Pierson, J. (2010) Tackling Social Exclusion. 2nd edn. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Rowling, J.K. The Casual Vacancy. London: Little Brown Group.
  • Teater, B. (2014) Applying Social Work Theories and Methods. 2nd edn. Maidenhead: Open University Press.
  • Thompson, N. (2009) Understanding Social Work: Preparing for Practice. 3rd edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Trevithick, P. (2012) Social Work Skills and Knowledge: A Practice Handbook. 3rd edn. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

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The Operating Department Practice (ODP) interview will take place over a full day where candidates will have a presentation about the ODP programme and a campus tour with one of the ODP teaching Team.

Candidates will be divided into groups of 4-5 and will discuss a given scenario relating to an “Air Crash” where they will have 30 mins to decide on an outcome of who should be saved and the reasons for their decisions. During this time, members of the teaching team and a service user will be observing and making notes on each candidate’s performance and contribution to the overall  task, looking for rationale and evidence of appropriate values in making their decision. These observations will then form the basis of questions in the individual interview.

In addition candidates will complete two short written scenarios around the principles and values of NHS Constitution (DH, 2015) and the 6C’s.

In the afternoon candidates will undergo an individual interview. The interview panel will consist of one member of the ODP teaching team and a Theatre Education representative from one of the NHS Trusts where students are clinically placed for the programme.

 

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Last edited: 07/11/2017 13:44:00