Consultant Interview Skills – 1 day workshop delivered via Zoom until further notice

  • We are currently updating this page. New dates for 2021 will appear here on 1st April

  • Your consultant interview is the most significant interview you will face in your career.

  • Increasing competition for substantive and locum positions mean you need to stand out from the crowd.

  • You very rarely get a second chance so it is vitally important to get it right first time.

  • 1 day course- only £297. The most significant investment you will make in your career!

  • Accredited for 6 CPD points.

  • 1 to 10 ratios of trainers to participants to allow for maximum interaction, questions and feedback.

  • Cost includes VAT, all materials, refreshments and lunch on both days.

  • A highly interactive course with plenty of opportunities to share experiences with your fellow participants and ask questions of your trainers.

  • Ongoing support and coaching after the workshop and prior to your interviews. We are pleased to be able to offer you coaching support and also C.V. and application form review as part of your workshop fee.

This 1-day workshop is highly interactive and the small number of participants allows for a tailored approach to your needs. You will have plenty of opportunities to learn from and share experiences with your trainer and your colleagues.This workshop focuses on the critical areas of:

  • How to develop a winning mind set from the very start. Get the job you want, not just a job!
  • When to start applying for the position you want and who to contact about it.
  • The application process. Making your C.V. and application form stand out from the crowd.
  • The interview process.
  • Understanding the interview panel and anticipating their needs.
  • How to use words, tone and body language to appear confident and relaxed at the same time.
  • How to deal with nerves before and during the interview.
  • How to prepare structured responses to questions and answer them naturally during the interview
  • How to demonstrate your strengths
  • How to talk about your weaknesses and what you have done to improve them.
  • How to make your clinical and non-clinical experience relevant to the role you are applying for.
  • How to talk about your clinical experience confidently.
  • How to talk about your leadership and management experience confidently.
  • How to demonstrate your knowledge of current issues affecting the NHS, your specialty and service. (E.G. how to save money whilst improving your service!)
  • How to demonstrate you are both a team leader and a team player.
  • How to demonstrate clearly why you should get the job and what you will bring to the position, once you are in it.
  • How to avoid the common mistakes that everyone makes during interviews.

Consultant Interview Skills
TimeSession TitleNotes
09.00Arrival, registration and refreshments
09.30Welcome introductions and objectivesTrainers and participants introduce themselves and discuss their objectives for the day.
10.00Understanding the application process, c.v.’s and application formsParticipants will engage in a round table discussion about the application process. Participants will also critique mock C.V.’s and applications forms.
11.15Understanding the interview process and panelParticipants will consider the different types of individual’s that make up an interview panel and also what each of those individuals is likely to be looking for during the interview.
11.451st appearances countParticipants will consider and practice how to create a positive and lasting impression through their words, tone and body language in an interview.
12.30Question timeParticipants will consider the types of question that will arise during the interview. These could be about the participants C.V., their clinical experience, their management experience etc. Participants will create answers for themselves, using a well-tested technique that provides a structured response to any interview question.
Participants will also consider the questions they should be asking during the interview
13.30Understanding NHS and local issuesParticipants will consider key issues relevant to the NHS (e.g. The 5 Year Forward View, 7 day working, Commissioning, QUIP, QOF etc.) and the trust where they are applying for their consultant position.
Participants will also learn where to look for information on what is happening locally, that might impact on their interview.
14.15Mock interviews (with optional video).Participants will conduct mock interviews with feedback from the trainers and their colleagues. Participants can be videoed during this session to aid with feedback during and after the course. In addition we will provide detailed feedback, based on the video, after the workshop.
Particants will also gain the chance to act as interviewers, to experience what it is like being on the other side of the interview table.
15.15Mock interviews continued
17.00Action plansParticipants will create action plans based on their key learning from the day.
At this stage, if participants have interview dates in place, we will arrange follow up telephone coaching, prior to their interview, with one of our trainers.
17.30Course closes
Post courseWe offer continued support via telephone coaching and also a C.V. and application form review service.

OnlineNew dates for 2021 will be posted her on 1st April 2021

Registration - 09.00
Course starts – 09.30
Course closes - 17.30

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Who delivers the iNHouSe Consultant Interview Skills course?

Our 1-day course is delivered by the following:

  • Tom Phillips – Business consultant, owner and managing director of Your Training Inhouse ltd and also TLP ltd. Tom has coached and trained hundreds of doctors throughout his career.
  • Kevin Hayes – MRCOG, Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Medical Education. Kevin regularly conducts interview on behalf of his trust and other organisations. He has also coached and trained many hundreds of doctors and other HCP’s throughout his career.
  • Paul Carter – Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Paul regularly conducts interviews on behalf of his trust and other organisations. He has also coached and trained many hundreds of doctors and other HCP’s throughout his career.
  • Damien Cullington – Consultant Cardiologist MD MRCP. Damien has recently been appointed to his first consultant position in Leeds, so he is extremely familiar with the interview process. He now finds himself on the other side of the fence, conducting interviews and coaching and training trainees for their interviews.