The appointment as a medical consultant in NHS is seen as the pinnacle of the medical career and rightly so. However, the role of the consultant in the new NHS has evolved to include increasing managerial responsibilities as well as an increased role at the sharp end in a consultant delivered (and not led!) services. Most would agree that it is the non clinical skills that separate good from the average candidate in the medical interview. Thus you should be uptodate in your knowledge of management and political topics. A sound knowledge of NHS structure and a political awareness will provide a framework within which you can apply your leadership and managerial skills. In your role as consultant, you will be very often called upon to develop and improve services, manage a team, deal with difficult colleagues, provide opinion on an ethical dilemma, participate and encourage teaching and research and resolve conflict.
In every answer you give, look for the opportunity to show the panel just how much wider reading you have done. You want to convince the panel that you will bring enhanced benefits to the organisation. Candidates will be remembered if they are distinctive, have something interesting to say and can make a unique contribution. Therefore consider what have you got that makes you special and what makes you fit in.
Remember success is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration. Good luck!
A face-to-face interview is the toughest part of getting you a job. Further, if you are from a science or a medical background, the situation becomes worst. Science is a vast subject and you need to cover a great deal of topics before going for an interview. If you are a medical professional or a doctor then, you must know that a doctor’s job involves competence, technical expertise, integrity and social ethics. Therefore, a medical job interview is considered to be one of the toughest job interviews.
This article covers a few questions that are generally asked in course of a medical interview. You need to go through this list and prepare potential, impressive answers for them. The first question is the most commonly asked questions. I have mentioned an answer to it.
7. The day before your final exam, one of your family members has expired. How will you deal with this situation? How will you manage your studies in such a crisis?
8. A young woman suffering from AIDS comes over to your clinic and requests you not to inform her spouse about it. What will you do?
9. A 7 year old child is suffering from cancer. The kid’s life expectancy is approximately five months. How will you tell her parents about it?
So, these were some of the question you may encounter on the road to become a doctor. You should answer them in a composed manner. And remember, besides being a doctor, you are a human too! So keep up the dignity of this post.
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To help you prepare for your Management Consultant Interview, here are some typical questions you can expect to hear...
Definition: Takes personal responsibility for decisions having considered both the short and long term implications.
1) Describe a situation where you were required to 'think on your feet' and come up with a quick decision in response to a colleague or customer:
a) What was the situation?
b) What was your immediate response?
c) What decision(s) did you arrive at?
d) What was the final outcome?
2) Tell us about a time when you had to analyze a problem based on incomplete information and decide on a solution:
a) What was the problem?
b) What was the information available?
c) What was the information missing?
d) What was your decision?
Definition: Working with others to accomplish objectives by respecting the needs and contributions of those involved.
1) Can you give us examples of how you ensure that your team works as a cohesive unit towards goals?
b) How define goals?
2) Can you give us an example of working with other areas of the office to ensure the efficiency of the business?
a) How were these measurement standards and/or feedback systems developed?
b) What useful information has the feedback given you?
c) Give one or two examples of how you personally have used this feedback?
d) What benefits has this delivered - for the business? For the customer?
Behaviour/Skill: Making Things Happen
Definition: Delivers results in line with strategic and operational plans. Has a 'can do, will do' approach to delivering consistently high performance and inspires others to also achieve high standards.
1) Describe a project or task you managed which required you to organise scant resources to achieve an important deadline:
a) How did you determine your priorities?
b) Did you have to modify the plan?
2) Give an example of a time when you had to "juggle" a number of important activities or priorities at once:
a) What problems did this present you with?
b) What steps did you take to deal with the situation?
c) What was the final outcome?
These are typical questions which you can expect to be asked...so prepare with real examples and ensure you 'wow' the interviewer.