CV Interview Skills

Course Outline:

CV Interview Skills: Give yourself the edge at interview

(*6 CPD credits)

Medical career interviews can be difficult and competition for places is keen. Preparation is the key to success. This interactive and practical course highlights the steps to take to prepare for your interview and how to present yourself to maximum effect on the day. Training Courses for Doctors has considerable experience working with doctors offering guidance and support to individuals to achieve positive outcomes at interview.

Learning Objectives
By the end of the course participants will be able to;

1. Recognise the importance of good interview preparation and state the three main elements of this and explain the key phrase “show don’t tell” with reference to an interview situation

2. List the qualities, behaviours and skills a panel is looking for interviewees to demonstrate

3. Identify strategies and techniques to use to cope with nerves in an interview situation

4. Recognise different question types and identify specific potential questions designed to test suitability for the post and produce appropriate answers to demonstrate relevant knowledge and skills

5. Demonstrate knowledge and skills learnt during the sessions in a supervised mock interview scenario

6. Describe four ways in which self-confidence can be improved

7. Describe six assertiveness techniques and when to apply them

8. Recognise the importance of non-verbal communication and describe behaviours which can demonstrate and help to project a confident and assertive image

9. List presenters’ common mistakes when they stand up and speak

10. Identify and describe techniques to employ to deliver an effective presentation as part of the interview process.

09:00: Welcome, registration and coffee.
09:30: Preparation: We begin by examining the major pitfalls interviewees face in preparation: Under-preparation, over-preparation, wrong preparation. In order to correct this, we look at the three elements of good preparation:

  • Know yourself, your CV, and your portfolio.
  • Spend time looking at key questions and how to answer them.
  • Do mock interview/clinical scenario/viva practice.

You will get the job you want by demonstrating to the interview panel that you are the best candidate in terms of personality, skill and experience. A key phrase here is “show don’t tell”. Let it be clear by the way you conduct yourself in the interview that you are a good communicator rather than by telling them so.

10:45: Refreshment break.

11:00: Key aspects of the interview:
What are they looking for ? Key qualities; Personality, experience, enthusiasm, flexibility, honesty, team working, and leadership potential.
Interview myths: You are better off being interviewed first/last, internal candidates are favoured, bigger panel means harder questions, etc.
Coping with nerves: Deep breathing techniques, Psycho-cybernetics.
How to dress: Keep it simple, dark colours lend authority, groom carefully
Types of questions: Open retrospective, topical, and aggressive questions
Non-verbal communication: How to sit, keeping gestures within the Body Corridor, what to do with your hands.
Specific questions and appropriate answers: Techniques for effectively answering questions designed to test your knowledge of NHS issues.

  • Take us through your CV
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • What is your leadership style?
  • How do you relax?
  • How do you handle rejection?
  • Tell us about a difficult colleague you had to deal with.

12:00: Mock interviews /communication scenarios: Supervised mock interviews in a safe environment with individual coaching as required. Question & answer session, summary

12:30: Lunch.

13:30: Developing Self – Confidence and assertiveness
How is self-confidence developed? We look at four ways to improve your confidence;

  • Mastery experiences – things you do well.
  • Vicarious experiences – learning from others.
  • Social persuasion – positive feedback from patients and colleagues.
  • Managing emotional states – skilled thinking under pressure.

14:00: Assertiveness Techniques : identify own strengths and areas for improvement – Self-assessment assertiveness questionnaire . We discuss six assertiveness techniques: clarification, basic, empathetic, discrepancy, negative feeling, and consequence assertion strategies and when to apply them.
14:30: Non-verbal communication We look at the behaviours to demonstrate confident and assertive body language – good eye-contact, no fidgeting, no barriers, dark clothing and a controlled blink-rate all help to project a confident and assertive image.

15:00:  Refreshment break.

15:15: Delivering a presentation: We look at strategies and techniques to help you give your best possible presentation. This is what to do when you stand up & speak; presenters’ worst fears: forgetting, facing a “hostile” panel ; presenters’ top mistakes: fiddling, umming, talking to the screen , etc; coping with nerves: breathing techniques & other strategies ; as you begin ; deep breaths: your position in the room , a strong opening ; dress, body language & voice projection: how to be credible;
Engaging your audience & handling questions: keeping their attention.

Question and answer session; summary discussion and close by 16:30.

*application for accreditation by The CPD Certification Service pending .

Further details
Bookings are welcomed from all clinicians and healthcare professionals. This is a generic course aimed at those preparing for interview for their next post and who require practical guidance and advice on how best to present themselves for interview in order to secure the post they want.

The fee for this course is £199:00; there is the option to make a 20% deposit to secure your booking and pay the balance no later than 8 weeks prior to the course date. Please note this deposit is non-refundable should you be unable to take up your place.

Attendees will receive a CPD certificate of attendance and a copy of the course presentation slides.

Please contact us if you have any questions about this course by emailing or by calling 07757 405063.