GP Job Interview – A Few Key Pointers

Whether you’ve recently qualified as a new GP, or are looking for a job at a new location, it is vital that you are adequately prepared for your GP job interview if you are to be a successful candidate in this competitive job market.

Here are a few key pointers to ensuring your GP job interview goes smoothly and leads you to the right job for you.

Decide what you’re looking for

Ahead of attending an interview, work out exactly what kind of contract you want, your expected salary, as well as lifestyle considerations such as how many days you wish to work per week, and holiday expectations. This will make it easier to communicate your requirements and successfully negotiate the perfect job setup in the interview stages.

Get to know the practice or service

The second step in preparing for a successful GP job interview is getting to know the practice or service. Start by reading through their website to get a feel for their key ethos and the services they provide. Ensure that you understand the organisation’s mission and can convey why it is important to you.

Know the job description – and your CV!

It should go without saying that every doctor applying for a new role should carefully study the job description before attending a GP job interview. Ensure you are familiar with all of the qualities the practice is looking for in applicants, and think ahead to how your experience demonstrates your strengths in these areas.

As Wessex LMCs notes, it is also important to know your CV inside-out. They advise,

“Think through what each thing on your CV demonstrates about you and what key skills you will have learnt from each experience or role. Tailor it to the job you are applying for.”

Make the first GP job interview impression count

A key consideration for any job interview is ensuring that you make a good first impression. GPs are esteemed figures, and so you should turn up to a GP job interview smartly dressed, perhaps checking staff photos on the organisation’s website ahead of time to get an idea of the dress code.

As NHS Jobs says, it is vital to get to the practice early. They note,

“Arrive in plenty of time and allow for contingencies. Remember some organisations can be quite difficult to navigate round. Have a ‘Plan B’ for how you will get to the interview.”

Of course, remember to make eye contact with all members of the interview panel, smile confidently, and hold yourself with a confident yet open posture to convey positivity and enthusiasm.

Prepare for the common questions

Whilst no two GP job interviews are the same, there are a few questions that you can be sure will come up during your meeting. It is essential to consider the kinds of questions you are likely to be asked, and prepare suitable answers ahead of time. A few of the questions you will encounter are:

  • “Why did you choose to become a GP?”
  • “Why do you want to work here?”
  • “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”

Whilst you don’t want to come with rigidly rehearsed answers, preparing will make you feel more at ease and able to effectively express yourself. Remember to use “I” rather than “we” when explaining particular examples where you have excelled, and try to sell yourself with specific examples of how you have achieved positive outcomes, and the benefits of your approach.

Plan some questions to ask

Finally, remember that the interview is not all about you – this is also your opportunity to find out more about the practice you may be working in. So, ask questions! This will give you more information, and also shows interest and engagement as a candidate.

Certain aspects you could enquire about are opportunities for career development within the role, examples of the work culture in the practice, specific community outreach projects the surgery runs, and, of course, when candidates can expect to hear back about the next step in the hiring process.

With a little forward-planning and a good dose of confidence, you can ensure that your GP job interview will be a success. For more advice, visit our blog, which serves as an information hub for healthcare professionals, or check out our current GP job openings for rewarding and flexible GP roles within an out of hours capacity.