Presentation on theme: "APPLYING FOR YOUR FIRST QUALIFIED PHYSIOTHERAPIST POST"— Presentation transcript:
1 APPLYING FOR YOUR FIRST QUALIFIED PHYSIOTHERAPIST POST Victoria LeckieClinical Team LeaderSheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
2 LEARNING OUTCOMESHow to successfully complete an application and secure an interviewPerson specificationApplication formCVInformal visitHow to prepare for the interviewPreparationThe interviewQuestions
3 Person Specification Divided into Essential criteria Desirable/ additional/ useful criteriaHow will be assessed i.e. application form/ interview or presentationIt sets out theQualifications and experience requiredPersonal attributes/ abilities and skills needed for the postYou need to ideally meet all the criteria to be considered in the current job market.
4 Application Form Allocate enough time to complete Read it before starting to writeUsually available online so practice writing out in rough in sectionsUse black inkMake it legibleComplete all sectionsPhotocopy when complete (use for interview preparation)Return it well before the closing date!
5 Additional information/ Personal statement Can use continuation sheets if needed (max 2 A4 sheets)Logical order and structureUse job description to structure informationState why you are applying for the postTailor your application to the NHS Trust you are applying to.Need to show a balance of why you want the job but also what you can offer the department/ Trust.Give examples of your clinical experienceCheck spelling and grammarGet someone to else to read it before sending.
6 CVCan include but not always used for short listing. (Find out requirements of specific Trust)Keep to no more than 2 A4 sidesTyped in clear logical order on good quality unlined paper.Include personal information, education and training, clinical education, work experience/ previous employment, interests and achievements and current references.Some trusts request you blank out personal details to ensure short listing is fair.
7 References Personal/ Academic Tutor Recent Clinical Placement SupervisorMake sure you have always asked them before nominating them.Try to ensure referees are available at short notice.
8 Informal VisitsBenefits to candidates and interviewer – shows enthusiasm , you will be rememberedAids interview preparation – current issues/ operational informationMeet current junior physiotherapistsOrientates you to interview venueCan assist you in question generationConfirms whether you want to work there!
9 Interview Preparation Use recent intervieweesUse any previous interview experience/feedbackUse the job description and person specificationUse informal visits/ chatsRead up about current NHS issues in frontline, journals, websitesKeep up to date with current Physiotherapy research, EBPCheck out the Trusts websiteRe read your application form
10 Self presentation Punctual Smart/ clean appropriate clothing Smile/ handshake/ eye contact/ positive body language/ don’t fidgetBring your portfolio/ CPD file and any other info requested e.g. for CRB checkYou will be nervous!The interview panel are humans!
11 Types of Interview Each Trust adopts a different approach One to one interviews (rare)Panel interviews (most common)Group interviews
12 Types of Questions (1) General Why do you want to work here? What are your strengths/ weaknesses?ClinicalDescribe the key clinical features that you would expect a patient with Parkinson's disease to present with?What would be your key components of your initial assessment of a patients who was 1st day post THR?Non ClinicalWhat do you understand by the term Clinical Governance?
13 Types of Questions (2) Scenario based You are referred a patient who is first day post op with the following results. (list) What do they tell you about your patient?You come into work and your senior I is off sick and you have the following things to do. (list) How would you manage your day?PracticalUsing the equipment provided demonstrate how you would teach one of the panel members exercises to strengthen their lower limb.Teach one of the panel members how to use a particular adjunct.
14 Answers Think before you speak Be concise, structured and honest Give examples from your clinical experience/ placements to make your answer different.Stay positiveSell yourself, make yourself stand out from the other candidates
15 If you get Stuck Pause Think for a moment Ask for clarification or for the question to be repeatedAsk to come back to a question later in interviewIf you don’t know – be truthfulDon’t waffle
16 Asking QuestionsGood practice to prepare a couple of questions to ask the panel at end of the interviewDon’t interrogate the panelDon’t ask questions already answered in recruitment literatureEnsure questions are relevant to post and to the organisation.Don’t ask about salary first
17 Post Interview Breathe out and relax Analyse what you did well Makes notes ASAPAsk for feedback what ever happensDiscuss next steps what ever happensTreat as practice if not successful, everyone improves with practiceStay Positive