Before an interview try and be as prepared as possible. Research the position and practice answering questions they are likely to ask.
Activity: Pick five questions. Write down your answer (try to use research or examples to back up any claims that you may be making). Practice reading the question aloud. Now give the question or answer to a friend and role play an interview scenario. This will help you build the skills needed to think on your feet in a less stressful environment (ie the interview room!). Ask your friend to highlight any points you had forgotten from your initial answer.
1. Tell us briefly about your past experience and it’s relevance to this post.
2. In previous posts, you will have watched seniors managing other members of staff, assistants and students. What strategies have you observed that will be useful to you?
What have you seen that you would not want to emulate?
3. You are working on a ward. The sister finds you to tell you that the junior you are supervising is incompetent. How would you handle this situation?
4. If you were responsible for organising the On-call and Emergency Weekend Physio Induction for new band 5 staff, how would you run it?
5. You are on-call and at 8.30pm the HO calls you about a day 3 post-op colorectal laparotomy patient with an extensive history of COPD, on home oxygen and nebs, has suddenly deteriorated with SATs of 76% on 2l via a medium flow mask. You have been called to see them as they have just done some ABGs showing:
What other information would you require?
Would you attend the call out?
What might your treatment plan consist of?
Any further comments?
6. You arrive for work on a Monday morning to find your band 7 is on Annual Leave and your colleague band 6 is off sick, leaving 2 juniors and a new 2nd year student in the team. What would you do.
Then At 10.30am you receive a bleep telling you that a member of your team is urgently needed to attend a complex discharge meeting for a patient and their family. What do you do?
7. The ward sister approaches you and tells you that the junior you are supervising is ‘’incompetent’’. What do you do?
8. Based on you previous experience, what examples have you found of good supervision?
And likewise, any bad examples?
9. Something you’ve read in the news lately
10. What are your weaknesses
11. What are your training needs.
12. Give an example of a situation you managed poorly
13. Give an example of a complex patient you managed where there was a good outcome.
14. What qualites will you bring to the trust?
15. How would you deal with inappropriate referals?
16.What challenges may you face as a new band 6/ new band 6 in the trust?
17. Give an example of how you have contributed to service developement – how you implemented it and barriers you had to over come. How did you measure its effectivness?
18. How do you monitor the effectivenss of your treatment
19. What CQUIN and QUIPP are
20. A member of your team calls in, here son is sick so she can’t come in. How would you deal with this.
21. What are the differences between band 5 and 6 roles
22. What is your understanding of: clinical governance/ clinical audit/ CSP/ HPC/ cognition etc
23. Have you had to field a complaint – how did you deal with it?
24. Outcomes measures appropriate to the job
25. Barriers to good MDT working/ how to establish good MDT working
26. Why do you want to work where you have applied
Private Practice Questions
Private care home, Part time inpatient Physio
1. Details of my education and training.
2. What is your role as a physiotherapist? (Job description)?
3. What are your qualities useful for this job?
4. What will you do if someone refuses physiotherapy?
5. How will you ensure that the privacy and dignity of the patients is met with during your therapy sessions?
6. How will you ensure that all the equipments are well maintained up to the manufacturers standards?
7. How will you prioritise your case load?
8. Role in moving and handling?
9. 5 years on how you see yourself?
NHS for a BAND 6 post.
They had told me to do a 10 minute presentation (OHP or PPT) on Recent clinical advances in neurological physiotherapy? Which of these have had greatest impact on the neurological pathway and how will they determine commissioning of services?
After that they had an interview panel of the clinical lead and ward Matron asking questions.
1. There is a change in your workplace. How will you deal with this change and convince other colleagues of the change?
2. This post is a post of job share. How will you work with the other therapist to ensure that the work, caseload is well distributed?
3. What qualities are essential for a team to work well? Our team is going to be from a multidisciplinary to interdisciplinary team. How do you think it will be better interdisciplinary team?
4. Scenario- One of your junior Bands 5 physio is not regular in his work. Because of his unprofessional attitude there is excessive work load on the rest of the staff. What will be your immediate action? How will you deal with this scenario?
5. A stroke patient is in the wards. 4 weeks post TACI. He requires 2 people to make him sit and requires hoisting. What will be your goal in him for next 4 weeks and how will you communicate with the MDT to ensure that his rehabilitation progresses smoothly?
6. What have been the changes in NHS in last 3 years relevant to field of neurology?
7. Give me an example that you have commissioned a service in your workplace. What were the barriers to the service commissioning?
8. What are the different outcome measures you have used in field of neurology? What were the advantages and disadvantages of them?
9. Explain what you understand by equality and diversity. How will you ensure that it is being followed as a trust policy?
10. Explain what you understand by safeguarding of adults? What will you do to ensure that adults have been safeguarded in your workplace?
1.What qualities do you feel you could bring to the practice?
2.(Regarding an NHS outpatient contract) How would you reduce DNA’s?
3. Tell me about muscle energy techniques and when you might use these in your practice?
4. 75% of our work load is insurance cases, how do you feel you will cope with spending the majority of your time liaising with insurance companies and with patients that have ongoing chronic problems?
5.How would you rehabilitate an ACL post op?
6. You will be working with an elite development football squad (Boys 16-18),
a) What protocols would you ensure to maintain professional standards at all times.
b) You have been receiving ‘banter’ that you are dating one of the player’s. This is untrue. How would you deal with this situation?
7. You are working pitchside and attend a player who is lying on the floor and isn’t moving. You did not see the mechanism of injury. What would you do?
8. You are working pitchside and a player has taken a knock to the head. They are fully conscious, responding spontaneously however appear disorientated and report neck pain. They are able to actively rotate 50% left and right. No pins and needles or numbness. They are refusing to come off the pitch. What do you do?
9. What is your understanding of ABCD in an emergency pitchside setting?