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Interview Hints and Tips

If your application has been shortlisted, you've cleared a very significant hurdle - you have the recruiting manager's interest! Typically, the next step for shortlisted candidates will be to attend interview, it is quite normal for people to feel anxious about interviews, but a lot of that anxiety can be alleviated with careful preparation.

We have summarised some key points below for you to consider during your interview with us.

Before

During

Breathe- While some nerves are good, you do not want to be overcome by fear

Be clear -  This is not just about speaking calmly and audibly - it is also about letting the panel know what point you are making, and why. Make a point of linking what you say to the requirements of the job you have applied for.

Leave modesty behind - This interview is about you, so don't say 'we' when you really mean 'I'. Giving specific examples from your own experience is important; because it shows an ability to learn and develop and helps you steer clear of vague statements. Remember, the most important part of an interview is to sell yourself, and to show why you are right for the job.

Whether you get the job will be as much down to your personality and enthusiasm as it will to your skills and experience, and the answers you give.

Ask Questions - Don’t forget that this is also your chance to see if the role is suitable for you. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, for example about the role or development prospects.

Don’t Rush - make sure you give yourself sufficient time to reply to each question to the best of your ability. Do not feel that you have to rush your answers. If you do not fully understand a question, do not be afraid to ask the interviewer for clarification.

After

Ask us for feedback - We will always be happy to give as much detailed feedback as possible regardless of whether you are successful or not, to help you improve for any future interviews

Try to remember the  questions and your responses, as this may help you to improve your performance in the future. Whether successful or not, ask for feedback so you can learn from the experience and prepare for the next step.

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Visiting cancelled

Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus across the UK, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made the decision to cancel all visiting to all its hospital sites in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

There are three exemptions to the ruling which are for one parent of a sick child under 18, for the partner of a woman giving birth and end of life patients at the discretion of the ward sister.

We would ask people to respect this decision and to treat our staff, who will be enforcing the visiting restrictions, with courtesy and respect.  For more information visit our website.


Outpatient appointments

We know that NHS services will come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and as a Trust we need to redirect staff, free up staff for refresher training and carry out any works as necessary, so we are able to maximise capacity for patients for when the number of infections peak.  We also need to reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals to protect our patients, as well as keeping our staff safe, well and able to come into work.

To do this, with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020, along with other trusts in the Humber Coast and Vale partnerships, we have made the collective decision to suspend all non-urgent routine outpatient appointments for at least three months.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer appointments will be carrying on as normal.

These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your understanding.  We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried but please not contact the hospital as we will be contacting everyone directly affected in the coming days and weeks.

If you do not receive a letter or a phone call from the hospital, please turn up for your scheduled appointment as normal unless you have symptoms of coronavirus, a cold, flu or norovirus in which case you should contact us to cancel your appointment by clicking here.


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 7 days.

Please do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP practice.

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.  After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus

If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.  Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or you cannot go online.