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Consultant Interview Course

Consultant Interview Course

Our one-day medical interview course has been specifically designed for consultant interviews. Interactive and participative format.

  • London & Manchester venues
  • Max 6 participants
  • 6 CPD points
  • Mock interview. Personal feedback
  • Coverage of relevant NHS issues
  • Free unlimited support after the course
 
£359.00
10% discount if you book 2 places on this course
or if you book another personal development/interview course at the same time.

Availability

Places availableCourse is full
Most of our consultant interview courses take place in London, with a number also running in Manchester each month. We run several consultant interview courses per week in order to maintain the group size at 6 participants maximum. New dates are added as and when courses fill up. Courses are currently planned for the following dates:

London

Our courses are run at one of the following venues:

Grange White Hall Hotel, 2 - 5 Montague Street, London WC1B 5BP.

Grange Beauchamp Hotel, 27 Bedford Place, London WC1B 5JH.

Both venues are located in Central London, near the British Museum. Nearest tube stations: Holborn, Russell Square.

Manchester

Our courses are run at one of the following venues:

Principal Manchester Hotel (formerly Palace Hotel), Oxford Street, Manchester M60 7HA

The venue is located next to Piccadilly train station and Oxford Road train station.

 

Times

  • Registration: from 09:00.
  • Start time: 09:30 am prompt.
  • End time: 17: 45. Some courses may run until 18:00 if participants are particularly interactive.

Overview

Through interactive discussions, personal practice and listening to others, you will learn:

  • How to answer hard introductory questions e.g "Take us through your CV", "Tell me about yourself".
  • How to structure and personalise all your answers during consultant interviews.
  • How to talk about yourself without sounding "cheesy" and underconfident.
  • How to construct your answers to avoid coming across as a 'bullshitter'.
  • How to interpret questions to understand what the interviewers are looking for.
  • How to add value and use all consultant interview questions as an opportunity to sell yourself.
  • How to create a rapport with the interviewers and deliver natural answers.
  • How to prepare for questions on management, leadership, clinical governance and NHS issues.
  • How to give an opinion on current NHS issues constructively, without sounding militant.
  • How to present a confident and mature image through your answers and body language to come across as a credible consultant.

ISC Medical's consultant interview course takes a MAXIMUM of 6 participants in order to preserve the quality of our teaching and to ensure that everyone can participate as much as possible.

Structure

09:00 REGISTRATION & REFRESHMENTS
A good opportunity for candidates to share their experience with the trainer and other candidates and to discuss personal issues relating to their application or any other topics.
09:30 INTRODUCTION TO KEY INTERVIEW SKILLS, STRUCTURING & PERSONALISING ANSWERS
An introduction to the key ingredient for success at consultant interviews. A first opportunity for candidates to understand how to prepare effectively.
10:00 TALKING ABOUT YOURSELF, MOTIVATION QUESTIONS & PRESENTATIONS
Tell me about yourself. Take us through you CV. Why this trust? A look at a range of questions designed to test your ability to summarise your background and motivation, with every candidate presenting themselves to the group formally.
11:15 QUESTIONS ON GENERIC SKILLS - BUILDING YOUR INTERVIEW TECHNIQUE
A thorough look at questions on communication skills, team playing, leadership and management, mistakes, strengths and weaknesses. Learn to sell yourself by introducing structure into your answers and personalising them with well explained examples. In this section, candidates take turn to answer a variety of questions, then leading to a group discussion on how to best structure and personalisation.
13:00 LUNCH
13:45 MANAGEMENT QUESTIONS & MOCK INTERVIEWS
Individual mock interview in front of the group, recreating the pressure of real interviews and providing an opportunity to receive personal feedback and advice. The personalised nature of the feedback will help candidates form a clear plan of action for their post-course preparation. Apply the interview techniques developed earlier to a wide range of questions and learn to structure answers for questions relating to:
  • Your contribution to the Trust and the department
  • Research, Teaching, Training & CPD
  • Service development and improvement
  • Service management issues and Clinical Governance
  • Quality assurance and measurement, efficiency and cost savings
  • Conflict, stress and difficult/underperforming colleagues
  • How current reforms are affecting your own speciality
16:30 NHS ISSUES
An interactive discussion on a wide range of NHS hot topics to ensure that you understand the practical implications of all current issues for your speciality. Learn to give constructive opinions which will make the panel understand the value that you can offer the Trust through your practical understanding of all those issues. Topics include:
  • The NHS "5-Year Forward View"
  • The Greenaway "Shape of Training" proposals
  • The Berwick & Keogh reports
  • The Francis inquiries into Mid-Staffordshire
  • The Carter report
  • The Health and Social Care Act
  • CIP, QIPP, Efficiency, cost-savings, quality and safety
  • Darzi report, PROMs and CQUINS
  • Payment by results & Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs)
  • The impact of the "privatisation of the NHS" ("Any Qualified Provider", etc)
  • and anything else you would like to discuss and debate e.g. the 7-day working week etc.
17:30 BODY LANGUAGE & PRE-INTERVIEW VISITS
Reflect on how you come across visually and how to optimise the impression that you give. Discuss also how to benefit fully from pre-interview visits, who to see and not see, what to ask and how to gain all the information you need from the Trust to perform well at an interview, whether you are an internal or external candidate.
17:45 CONCLUSION & END
Discuss how to implement the day's learning into practice.

We have trained over 26,000 candidates for consultant interviews over 14 years

91% got a job within one interview
97% got a job within two interviews

Why Come To ISC Medical's Consultant Interview Course?

Small group of MAXIMUM 6 participants

To maintain the quality of our courses, we accept only 6 participants on each consultant interview course. You will therefore be able to raise and address at length any personal issues you want to discuss and will get plenty of opportunities to participate.

Mock interviews and plenty of personal practice

With only 6 participants in each consultant interview course, you go through a proper mock interview with proper coaching. Some of our competitors take up to 200 people and mix you with ST trainees. You will be lucky if you get asked even one question! Interviews are about communication and you can only learn communication in a small group where you can participate and ask questions.

Free unlimited support after the course

After the course we continue to support you. If, during your preparation, you have any question or any issue that bothers you, we are there to assist you. And it is not limited in time; so if you are attending the course now for a locum post and want some further advice a year later for a substantive post, we will be there for you. This is normally provided via email and, when needed, over the phone.

We don't just TEACH you, we COACH you

We spend some time with you so that you understand the concepts, you are able to use them and apply them to your own circumstances. We support you personally throughout the day and even after the course, with our free email follow-up service.

Up to 10 courses per week to suit your needs

We know that people need courses that are on dates that suit them. For that reason, we organise up to 10 courses per week so you can find the date that suits you most. We are the only ones who can offer that (this is also what allows us to keep the number of participants low in each consultant interview course).

Fully up-to-date with current NHS issues

During the course we will be working on the most commonly asked consultant interview questions in the last twelve months, which are fed back to us by our candidates who have recently had their consultant interview. Over the past 15 years, we have coached thousands of candidates for consultant interviews, so that is a lot of knowledge and a lot of questions! We will also deal with all major current NHS issues.

High recommendation rate & high success rate

97% of our candidates obtain a post within 2 interviews. We are also proud to say that, in all the feedback that we have received, the vast majority felt that the course met all their expectations, was of very high standard, with the personal approach that they were looking for, and offered extremely good value in relation to others that they might have been to.

Free unlimited support for your interview preparation if you attend ISC Medical's consultant interview course.

No small print, no ifs, not buts, we want you to succeed.

ISC Medical's consultant interview course will hugely improve your performance

High success rate. Don't leave it to chance

What Our Clients Say

ISC Medical's consultant interview course has an excellent reputation. Over the years, we have coached thousands of applicants to consultant posts with great success. That success is built on the personal approach that we take to our coaching by allowing you to practice in a small group.

Our trainers are expert at providing constructive feedback and in guiding you to develop your own successful interview style. Here is some of the feedback we obtained for past courses, both recent and older so that you can see the consistency of quality in our courses.

"Excellent course. It demystified the process for me and broke down the questions so I could recognise what was really being asked. Provided a structured approach to answers and taught me how to score points and highlight the information I wanted to give. Helpful run through current NHS hot topics and comprehensive booklet to take away. Mock interviews were invaluable and I think the group was a good size to benefit from each other's experience without compromising on individual attention."

Isabella, Acute Medicine

"This was an excellent course that thoroughly deserves its reputation as the class leader. Petros was clearly experienced and was very approachable. I really liked the way emphasised direct, succinct answers and he provided lots of examples to demonstrate his points. I now realise just how underprepared I was for my upcoming interview, but fortunately have been given all of the strategies and tools I feel I need to be able to represent myself properly on the big day."

Mark, Trauma & Orthopaedics

"The `thinking' behind questions gave a good structure and format. Rajat's style of teaching and feedback gave me a positive approach to consultant interviews, as did the small group teaching with actual interviews. I found the course very useful and timely. I was successful in achieving a substantive consultant post at my 1st interview (which was 3 days after the course). I felt confident and prepared as most of the interview questions were similar to the ones on the course. Thank you."

Gayatri, Paediatrics

"I found this a very useful course covering all aspects that will be expected from a candidate at an interview. I particularly found the mnemonics very useful at collecting my thought processes and helping me providing structured answers! I also found the feedback from the mock interviews very useful in order to improve area of weakness for the real day!"

Glen, ENT

"Very good value for money. I was impressed as the number of candidates on each course was limited and therefore more time available to concentrate on each candidate's needs. I found it was very interactive and made me feel more confident prior to my interview. Petros is a very good listener and made sure that each candidate highlighted the best in themselves. Excellent points given to improve communication during interview. I was very happy with the course and would definitely recommend it to friends. It certainly helped me to improve my communication skills and confidence and therefore I was successful in obtaining the Consultant post at my very first interview."

Suji, Anaesthetics

"I really liked that we were a small group so more chance to practice and speak. Chris was an amazing coach with very sensitive way of criticizing and making suggestion to improve. Very good suggestions to improve ourselves. Paid 100% attention to everyone's performance during practice sessions. Very approachable and friendly and made us feel at ease. Will highly recommend to my colleagues."

Akuratiyage, Anaesthesia

97% success rate. Small groups of max. 6 candidates for a personalised approach

Experienced trainers. Here lies the success of this course

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