NHS Interview Questions and Answers: How To Pass an NHS Interview

NHS interview questions and answers are tough to pass!

Q1. Why do you want to work in the NHS?

3 Top Tips To Answering This Question

  1. Refer to the NHS values when answering this question. Ideally, you should do this for all the NHS interview questions and answers.
  2. Explain how PATIENT CARE is something you are extremely passionate about.
  3. Tell the panel you often hear people praising the NHS staff for the tireless work they do, and that you want to be part of that team.

Sample Answer

“I have set my sights on this role within the NHS for some time now and have thoroughly researched the organisation and the role to make sure I can perform to the high standards required.

I believe I can strive to achieve the NHS values and standards it sets itself and I am extremely passionate about patient care. There are many different roles within the NHS, and I feel my job would be to help the wider team achieve the goals that the NHS sets itself.

Despite the NHS often coming under pressure from external factors, I have heard nothing but great things about the staff, the organisation as a whole, and the tireless work everyone continues to carry out for its patients.

I enjoy working in a challenging environment and feel strongly I can cope with the pressures of the role. I believe that, if I am given the opportunity to work within the NHS in this role, you will be pleased with my performance and contribution to the organisation as a whole.”

Q2. What qualities do you have that would be a good fit for the NHS?

2 Top Tips To Answering This Question

  1. Again, refer to the NHS values when answering this question. When it comes to NHS interview questions and answers, this is crucial.
  2. Use powerful and positive keywords and phrases within your response to this NHS interview question.

Sample Answer

“The qualities I have are many and varied, including an ability to work hard under pressure, a desire to provide a quality service, and a passion for delivering outstanding patient care. I am a hard worker, and someone who enjoys working as part of a team to achieve a common goal. I enjoy being busy at work, and I have a flexible approach that means I am able to cover extra shifts and help out at short notice as and when required.

I am a compassionate person who believes that everyone should receive the same level of treatment and the same quality service, regardless of who they are. I can also be trusted with confidential information and I fully understand the external pressures the NHS are under. Decisions that may be made within the NHS at times may not be popular amongst staff or patients, but they are done for the wider good of the organization.

Finally, I am a loyal and committed person who will work hard to learn the role quickly with a view to carrying out my role with consistency, professionalism and with a focus on quality patient care.”

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Q3. Do you have any knowledge of NHS systems or processes?

3 Top Tips To Answering This Question

  1. Have a quick look at the NHS long-term plan (link to it in the description below the video).
  2. Mention the key points of the long-term plan and state everyone is working together to achieve the goal of the NHS.
  3. If you get the chance, visit the hospital or place you will be working at to find out more about how they operate. By doing this, you’ll gain a far better idea of how to deal with NHS interview questions and answers.

Sample Answer

“Everyone in the NHS is working together as one and there is a long-term plan in place to make sure the NHS is fit for the 21st century.

Essentially, the NHS is looking to boost ‘out-of-hospital’ care, reduce pressure on emergency hospital services and staff, give people more control over their own health, digitally-enable primary and outpatient care whilst also moving to an Integrated Care System across the board. Of course, another key goal of the NHS is to make sure you are getting the most out of taxpayers’ investment in the NHS.

There is also a Health Systems Support Framework in place which incorporates a Five Year Forward View. Local health systems will need to move to a more proactive joined up care system which is wrapped around patients, as opposed to being an entirely reactive system.”

Q4. Describe a situation when you have had to adapt your approach to get your message across?

2 Top Tips To Answering This Question

  1. Use a SPECIFIC example when answering this question and use the S.T.A.R technique for structuring your answer.
  2. Use a situation where you had to be confident and resilient to get your message across.

Sample Answer

“In my previous job, I was responsible for delivering a difficult time-sensitive project for my line manager whilst working as part of a team.

It was my job to convince the team that my proposed method of working was the most effective. The majority of the team were opposed to my methods and they made their feelings clear within the initial team briefing.

Despite this, I was still confident that my method would work, and therefore I decided to change my approach to sell my ideas to the team. I took the time to sit down privately and individually with each member of the team to explain my idea. I felt this approach would be more effective, simply because it is easier to sell an idea to individuals than a group of people.

The end result was a success. I eventually got everyone within the team onboard and the project was delivered successfully, and on time.”

Q5. Can you give an example of when you achieved an NHS value in your career?

2 Top Tips To Answering This Question

  • There are a number of NHS values, and by living these values the NHS can ensure the best possible care for its patients.
  • Choose an example from any of the following:

    Working together for patients.
    Respect and dignity.
    Commitment to quality of care.
    Improving lives.
    Everyone counts.

Sample Answer

“In a previous job, a clearly upset and distressed customer came into the store to complain about how she had been mistreated by a member of our staff.

It was my job to ensure the customer was OK, investigate the issue and also resolve it to the satisfactory for the customer whilst operating within company guidelines.

I sat the customer down, made sure she was comfortable before asking her to explain the situation to me. She explained a member of staff had shouted at her unnecessarily whilst she was parking her car in the company car park and she felt threatened by his behavior. After investigating the complaint thoroughly, I reported the member of staff to my head of department, apologized to the customer and took steps to make sure the situation did not happen again.

When the customer arrived home, I telephoned her just to make sure she was still OK. The end result was the customer was looked after following the initial upsetting situation and I managed to make sure the same situation did not ever happen again.”


1). Why do you want to work in the NHS?

2). What qualities do you have that would be a good fit for the NHS?

3). What do you know about the NHS?

4). Do you have any knowledge of NHS systems or processes?

5). Describe a situation when you had to make a tough or difficult decision?

6). What, in your opinion, is the best thing about the NHS?

7). Can you give an example of when you achieved an NHS value in your career?

8). If a patient starts shouting at you, how would you deal with the situation?

9). How do you feel this about seeing unpleasant sights?

10). What is the NHS long-term plan and how do you think it would impact on your role?

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72 thoughts on “NHS Interview Questions and Answers: How To Pass an NHS Interview

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Mercy,

      We’re so glad to hear you found this useful =]. We wish you the very best of luck with your application!


      The How2Become Team

  1. Elaine Queen says:

    Helpful info, looking for more tailored q’s & a’s for Administration band 2 & 3, if you have anymore info on these?

  2. Veronica Pirez says:

    Thanks for the video, it is really helpful. Invited for an interview for Physical Health and Lifestyle Recovery Practitioner band 4.

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Veronica,

      Thanks for your feedback =]. We’re really glad to hear this was useful for you!


      The How2Become Team

  3. Ahmed Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed says:

    Please can you send me the common questions for NHS anesthesia and ICU post as a trust grade

  4. Kasum Manjang says:

    I found this questions and answers very good although I have not attain my upcoming interview yet , but it give me insight knowledge possible what to expect.
    I preparing for Interview with NHS (Support and Recovery Worker) please can you help with any specific or likely hood questioned.

  5. Achyut Sharma says:

    Thank you for this awesome video. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. I have an interview as an Intensive Care Fellow in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care this Wednesday 7th August 2019. Can you please suggest me some specific questions?
    Thank you in advance.

  6. Camilla says:

    Thank you for great interview tips. I have interviews lined up with NHS; the role of Complaints and PALS officer

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Camilla,

      We’re so glad to hear that you found our tips useful =]. We wish you the very best of luck with your interview – if you need any further help then please don’t hesitate to get in touch!


      The How2Become Team

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Chifundo,

      Are you looking for questions that will help you pass a finance manager interview? If so, we can assist with this. Let us know!


      The How2Become Team

  7. Cesca says:

    Loved the video! I have an interview next week for a NHS Administration role? Looking to know more about scenario questions and the admin test involved. Thanks in advanced

  8. James says:

    Hi I have an interview coming up for a Space Planning & Utilisation Co-ordinator in the NHS do you have any questions that can assist with this.

    Many Thanks

  9. Michelle Pang says:

    Hi, I’m applying for an assistant practitioner post in hospital for people with acute mental problems. Can you think of any questions they might ask me please. Thank you for your help.

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Michelle,

      During your interview, it’s likely that they will ask you questions on topics such as:

      -Do you have any experience of working with mental healthcare? If so, when was this and in what capacity? You will likely need to give sustained examples.

      -Your people skills and ability to communicate with others.

      -Your ability to work solo and as part of a team.

      -Your patience and empathy.

      We really hope the interview goes well! Best of luck.


      The How2Become Team

  10. Sarah Radev says:

    Really helpful info. I have an interview for Graduate Mental Health Worker working with children coming up. I have been an Assistant Psychologist in a private company for the past year working with learning disabilities and autism. Any additional advice for this interview would be great.

  11. Anne Robertson says:

    Hi I am applying for a nhs community team leader role for learning disabilities nurse band 7 in Scotland . I have worked in the nhs as a band 6 for 24 years , it is a in a team that has social workers and a small team of multidisciplinary team .

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Rebecca,

      Great to hear you are applying to the NHS – using our interview guide you should have no problems at all with application =].


      The How2Become Team

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi there,

      We suggest using our fantastic NHS interview course for guidance on this – it should really help you out!


      The How2Become Team

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Winnie,

      The questions for this type of interview would likely focus around qualities such as:

      -Your ability to work as part of a team.

      -Your ability to hold yourself accountable.

      -Your level of patient care.

      -Your ability to work collaboratively.

      We hope this helps!


      The How2Become Team

  12. Mabsha says:

    Hi, I’m appearing for an NHS interview as an MTI trainee in pediatrics, can u help me with the possible questions?
    Thank you!

  13. Josh says:

    This was a great video and found it really useful, I have a interview for a service assistant? Would there be any further tips you could advise Me please? Thanks 😊

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Josh,

      We’d be happy to assist. Could you give us a few more details about the job you’re applying for, and we’ll come up with potential questions!


      The How2Become Team

  14. Jodie Garrett says:

    Hi, I have an interview for a band 4 NHS research administrator position next week, would you be able to suggest any likely questions which might be asked please. thanks !

  15. Mannie says:

    Really insightful tips on acing NHS interviews. However, I have not seen anything specific about preparing for a Band 7 Radiographer role. I’d be pleased to see this covered as well.

  16. Shanthi Ramasubramaniam says:

    i will be interviewed for the post of clinical skills trainer at NHS, could you post some TIPS for the same

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Sally,

      While we don’t have anything specific for this role, we do have an excellent NHS interview training course, which is designed to help you ace any interview. Check it out here!.


      The How2Become Team

  17. Maria Dimou says:

    hello,i am band 5 physiotherapist and I apply to Darent Valley Hospital in Kent and my interview is in a week now , any tips that will be helpfull?
    kinr ragards.

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Maria,

      We’d be happy to assist. You are likely to face questions focusing on the following elements:

      -Your patient handling skills.
      -Your communication.
      -Your past experience.
      -How well you’ve handled difficult scenarios in the past.

      We hope this helps, and we wish you the very best of luck!


      The How2Become Team

  18. Martina says:

    Very helpful video, thank you. I am applying for an Occupational therapist assistant band 3 in an acute stroke unit. Can you help with specific questions for this role, please?

    • Jordan Cooke says:

      Hi Louise,

      Sure, we’d be happy to help with this. It would really depend on what task they are asking you to do, specifically however. For example, do you know if you’ll need to construct a report? Let us know, and we’ll do our best to advise.


      The How2Become Team

  19. Agnieszka says:

    Hi ,
    I have interview for band 6 senior pharmacy technician procurement position in 1 week time . How to prepare for this interview ?Any tips would be great . Thanks

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