How to prepare for your interview with NHSScotland

Congratulations on being asked to interview for NHSScotland! 

Your interview is a chance to tell us more about the skills, knowledge and experience that you described in your application. 

This blog post will provide you with steps to prepare for your NHSScotland interview.  

Step 1: Prepare

Soon after you receive your invitation to interview, reread the job description, person specification and your application answers.

Remember, you’ve been selected for an interview because your application answers met the criteria, so you’ve done some great work already.

Use the information you’ve given in your application to start considering how you’d answer interview questions. You should:

  • expand on examples you’ve given in your application
  • consider additional examples that highlight the required skills, knowledge and experience

At this point, you should watch our transferable skills video. Viewing the video will remind you of all the great skills you’ll bring to your new role.

It could also be helpful to look at NHSScotland’s values. Consider how you’ve shown these values in the past and how you could use them in your future role.

Recently, due to lockdown restrictions, we've been conducting lots of interviews online. If you've been invited to attend an online interview, you should also read our top 10 tips for your online interview with NHSScotland.

Step 2: Practice

Now you’ve reviewed all the information, it’s time to practice as often as you can. You might want to write brief notes on how you’d answer different kinds of questions.

Ask a career advisor or supportive friend or relative to question you and offer feedback. Saying answers out loud and without notes will improve your confidence.

If you’d rather work on your own, you could record yourself answering questions, listen back and consider how you might improve.

Make sure you also practice your tone and body language. Try your best to have a relaxed and confident tone, making regular eye contact with the person or people interviewing you.

Step 3: Plan

A few days before the interview choose an outfit. You’ll want to dress appropriately for an interview setting. You should also consider how you’re going to travel to the interview location when planning your clothing. Keep the Scottish weather in mind!

Now might also be a good time to plan your journey, so that on the day you know exactly where you’re going. Aim to arrive early to give yourself plenty of time in case of traffic or transport delays.

Recently, due to lockdown restrictions, we’ve been conducting interviews online. If you’ve been invited to an online interview, read our blog post on our top 10 tips to prepare for your online interview with NHSScotland.

Step 4: Presentation

At the interview, listen carefully to each question before you respond. If you’re unsure about the question, feel free to:

  • take a moment to think
  • ask for clarification
  • ask for the question to be repeated

We want to make sure you feel comfortable and perform at your best.

Remember all the preparation and practice you’ve done. When answering your questions, try to smile and make eye contact with your interviewer. This body language will make you appear relaxed and confident.

Finally, be yourself! You’ve come this far because your application suited the role for which you’re applying. This is your chance to confirm that you’re right for the job.


Congratulations again on being invited to interview with NHSScotland. Follow these 4 steps to feel ready for an interview:

  • Prepare, review and expand on your application materials
  • Practice your answers and body language
  • Plan what you’ll wear and how you’ll get there
  • Present yourself with confidence, take your time and be yourself

Good luck!