Preparation for interview and indeed for study on a healthcare course is aided by engaging in frequent discussions with friends and family about medical issues appearing in the news and media, including topics relating to the understanding and wider perception of the profession, both within the NHS and outside.
You should also use your time on work experience effectively by gaining insight into the demands placed on staff, the problems they encounter and the strategies that they employ to handle difficult situations as well as the benefits they obtain from caring for people and working in teams. Again, opportunities to engage in discussion of these issues must be taken. The interview may include an exploration of your understanding of the profession and your motivation for embarking on this career.
You should also consider what ethical situations you may encounter during your training and careers and how you may approach them.
Our interview process may also address many more topics including self-insight, reflection, problem-solving, dealing with uncertainty, communication, teamwork, resilience, empathy and honesty. In common with all organisations selecting people to work in the NHS, our recruitment is values-based.
Interviews will take place on Campus at the University of Birmingham, normally within the Medical School. Interviews will typically last around 20-30 minutes, but in the event of any over-run candidates should allow at least one hour.
Interviews take place on set dates during set periods of the year. Please do not arrange any travel until your interview slot has been confirmed.
The easiest and most convenient way to access the University is by train. The University has its own railway station - ‘University (Birmingham)’ and this is a 7 minute train ride from Birmingham New Street Station.
Car parks on campus are pay and display. They can be located on Pritchatts Road and Vincent Drive; these are the closest to the Medical School. You can find up-to-date visitors' information on our website.