The application process

4We manage Band 5 nurse recruitment centrally and hold a number of assessment centres throughout the year. At the assessment centre you will be asked to complete a medication test. If you pass this test you will be put forward for an interview.

We encourage newly qualifying nurses and midwives to apply for posts at least three months in advance of their qualification date. Some services hold bespoke open days. We offer a preceptorship programme to all newly qualified nurses and midwives during their first year with us.

Due to the current need for overseas recruitment, we have employed an overseas preceptor to work specifically with this candidate group once they have been offered a post at St. Georges, this will ensure that you are fully supported and have everything you need when you start with us.

Health Care Assistants and Clinical Support Workers

We work in partnership with a local jobs centre to test candidates prior to being shortlisted for a post in the trust. Once shortlisted, the candidates are invited to an assessment day where they are given a communications test. If you successfully pass this you will be referred for an interview.

Selection and interviews

Making the grade: The recruiting manager will draw up a shortlist of candidates to invite for interview after online applications have closed. They will choose the applicants that most closely meet the criteria for the job.

Successful candidates who are shortlisted for a vacancy will be sent an invitation to interview by email. This invitation will include details of the interviewers and any additional tests that form part of the selection process, as well as when and where to come for your interview.

Unsuccessful candidates will be informed by email via their NHS jobs account.

In preparation for your interview, make sure you are as prepared as possible and can make clear why you are right for the job. Read our tips for a successful interview. Please remember that we are looking for potential in people.

The recruiting manager will tell you at your interview how and when you will be notified if you are successful or unsuccessful

Interview guidelines

Prepare for possible questions: we often base interview questions on the job description, person specification and the information in your application form. So make sure you are familiar with them.

Prepare examples: think of some examples that show how you meet the person specification criteria. Make these brief and to the point so you don’t end up giving rambling answers. If you don’t understand a question, tell us.

Do your research: it helps to know as much as possible about what the role involves, what goes on at the Trust and in the department you’re applying to.

First impressions count: think about your appearance and ensure you look smart.

Plan your travel arrangements: the Trust is spread over a large site so make sure you know where your interview is and leave plenty of time to get to St George’s.

Avoid distractions: Concentrate on the interview – make sure you switch off your mobile phone!

Body language: make eye contact with everyone in the room but don’t overdo it. Smiling over introductions will help you to relax and ensure you appear approachable. Don’t fold your arms during the interview; it can be seen as negative and gives the impression that you’re not interested.

Sell your potential: concentrate on selling your skills and the experience you can bring to the role.

Ask questions: the interview is a two-way process, so ask the panel questions to find out whether the job is right for you. Thinking of some questions will also help to show your interest.