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An interview is the chance to show a future employer why you are the best applicant for the position. The job of the interviewers is to select the most capable individual for the role. Preparation before an interview can be the key to being successful.
Researching and preparing for an interview
Develop a strategy
Prepare answers to the following questions
Meeting with a consultant in the speciality you are applying for, and if possible meeting with an interviewer before the interview, can be beneficial.
"Think about what attributes you have and how you would suit this role. Review each key competency and think about how you can show you have the potential to fulfil each one with training. Give examples of situations you have been in. It is important to be honest and really focus on the areas you have shown potential in." Junior doctor, Auckland.
Interviews can vary in type (eg, panel vs 1 on 1, formal vs informal) length and structure, depending on the speciality.
"The thing to remember is that they are looking for people who will come out of the training at the end as competent consultants, i.e. you aren't meant to be at that level yet but you need to show how you are the kind of person that would be." Junior doctor, Auckland.
"The ability of the applicant to answer the questions at the interview cogently, with good examples makes a real impact with the interview panel." Training programme co-ordinator, Auckland.
Typical interview questions
Approx 10% of communication is conveyed by the words we say. What you say is essential to facilitate communication, however, what you do while you are saying it has a really powerful effect on the message that the other person receives.