What is a clinical interview?
A clinical interview is a process predominantly designed to find out a little more about the applicant. Although they may be seen as a potentially stressful encounter, I always try and place myself in the applicant’s shoes and allow them to speak openly, asking questions about the role, working in Bupa, and any interests or career aspirations they may have.
What kind of questions can the candidate expect?
Sadly I can’t give you all my questions as this would be unfair to any previous or future candidates! I will read through an applicant’s CV and often ask questions around this, especially if they have highlighted any interests.
The questions are of a clinical nature where the candidate can demonstrate their knowledge, previous experience and patient care and can expect these calls to last between 30 mins to 1 hour. The aim is not to overly challenge an individual or find any faults, but to simply ascertain that they comply with current standards and are safe, ethical, and caring. We would expect these qualities in all members of our team within Bupa.
“At Bupa, we put our patients at the heart of everything that we do. We want the individual to be authentic, passionate and open.”
What advice would you give to somebody awaiting a clinical interview?
I would say that the best thing is to be yourself. The questions are not designed to catch a candidate out, they are simply to determine that they are safe and have a patient-centered approach.
At Bupa, we put our patients at the heart of everything that we do. We want the individual to be authentic, passionate, and open.
We’ll also discuss where we can support and develop them over their career within Bupa. We are looking for committed and engaged clinicians who work well in the challenging environment of dentistry.
At the end of the clinical interview, I will give feedback and also allow the candidate to ask any further questions, this is a great opportunity for you to ask about the next steps if you are unclear on anything!
– CV discussion, with questions around your experience and if you’ve highlighted any special interests
– Discuss any career aspirations you may have and how we can support you
– Some clinical questions so you can demonstrate your knowledge
– Calls will last between 30 mins to 1 hour
– Feedback will be given and you are encouraged to ask questions.
– Remember, be yourself! We’re not trying to catch you out.