|........................||I have been shortlisted
for a teaching hospital though I have only started a SHO in a DGH. Should
I visit the unit before the interview or just ask the secretary to show
me around the day before the interview? If I were to visit the consultant
before the interview what am I supposed to ask? If the secreatary gets
a SHO to shows me around, should I ask to see the consultant after that?
- Bruce July 2, 2004 at 23:51:01
|The worst thing you can do is not
to visit the hospital or seeing the consultant. All the other candidates
are probably doing that now, if you do not visit the consultant it will
come cross as uninterested! Of course some consultants may not want to
see the candidates before the interview but if you really really want the
job it is visiting the hospital and the consultant or you will get nothing.
Very often the interview is a very close competition and the consultants
may prefer one candidate over the other on very minute things. Not visiting
them is definitely to your great disadvantage.
There are so many questions you can
ask without appearing pushy. You may ask what type of SHO he or she is
looking for? The opportunity for research (even if you were not interested).
The meeting should be viewed as a social greeting rather than a formal
interview. Call the secretary and say you like to look around the department,
they will usually arrange a registrar, nurse or sho to show you around.
At the end
Don't be your own critic. Let the
interviewers decide if they shortlisted you you must be better than other
candidates. Donald is right about visiting the consultants. My consultant
decided to give one candidate the job because he made appointment to see
him whereas the other candidate did not come to see the hospital. He thought
she was arrogant although she has a MSc and a better CV. So visiting the
place show you are interested otherwise don't bother.
And then which consultant do you ask to see!? Ususally there atleast 10 consultants at a teach hosp.
The thing to do Bruce, is speak the
secreatary to the consultant who is clinical director, or another consultant
who might have asked to be put down as the one who answers shortlisted
candidates queries. Ask her to arrange a good time for you to check out
the dept. She will then contact her consultant, and he will then get to
know you showed interest.
What you say to them is another thing.
Just tell them who you are. Tell them you have been very impressed with
what you have seen so far, and tell them you would greatly value the opportunty
to work in such a unit. You will then be prompted by the as to how the
conversation goes further. Play it by ear, some may not want to speak,
so don't annoy them by being too pushy. Others will be down to earth and
welcoming and find out more about you, what you can offer, and maybe even
give you advice as to what they are looking for. It's all just PR
I know lots of people who have got their teach hosp post, having just had a quick look around the on the day of their interview. But make sure they know you have looked around the dept, and spoken to current SHOs/SpRs there.
Now after all this advice we have given you, atleast be good enough to let us know how you get on, in this board. You sound like a bright young thing. You have gained more in 4 months than alot of us obtained in 18 months. You should be the one giving advice on these boards!
Best of luck.