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How should I prepare for a consultant interview?

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 22 August 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3258
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. The BMJ

Consultant interviews can be daunting, but preparation is the key to success, Abi Rimmer hears

You’re joining a family

Julie-Ann Maney, a consultant in paediatric emergency medicine in Belfast, says, “This interview is the culmination of years of training. The best advice I was given as a junior, and the advice I still offer, is “the training scheme is the longest interview you will ever do.”

“When you join a consultant team you are joining a family and you’ll have to fit in. The trust or health authority want you to be able to do the job. Your new colleagues want that too but, more importantly, they want to know if you’re a nice, kind, and reasonable person. Will you have their backs when they need you? Will you swap into a Friday night on call because they have a family emergency?

“Be prepared for the interview. Know the management structure and the who’s who of hospital bureaucrats. Meet the clinical director or whoever is stated in the advertisement. Consider a mock interview with someone who’ll be brutally honest and constructive with their feedback. On interview day, dress to impress, …

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