What are the questions usually asked in interviews for senior house officer jobs?BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7456.s2-b (Published 03 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:s2
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While interviews are clearly variable, I think you can divide the topics up into sections.
You will be asked to go through your curriculum vitae (CV)
Give your experience to date in jobs or posts
Talk about your relevant skills
Talk about your future career plans
Research—if you have done any, what was it about, what were the results, what did you learn?
Audit—what projects have you done and what were the results, what did you learn, was audit loop closed?
What is audit?
What is clinical governance?
• You may be asked a specific clinical management question relevant to the post—for example, management of acute asthma, seizures, arrhythmia
NHS—be familiar with...
National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)
Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) and Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection (CHAI)
Doctors' hours, European Working Time Directive, and the Hospital at Night project
Modernising Medical Careers
And of course...
“Why do you want this job?”
“Why should we give you this job?” In other words, “What makes you so special above the other 200 candidates?”
“Tell me about your stamp collecting, modern dance, Olympic gold medal in judo, or culinary expertise that you have mentioned in your CV.” (Hint: never leave this bit blank and ALWAYS show you have a life away from medicine on your CV—but not too much)
“Finally, Dr Bloggs, is there anything you want to ask the panel?” (Hint: use an intelligent phrase such as, “No, I don't think so—I have found out all I need to know already about this post and unit by visiting and talking to the junior doctors and consultants.”)
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