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How to prepare

Once you’ve got your interview confirmed, you can start preparing! Don’t worry, with a little planning you can ensure your interview day will be a success. Here are our top tips:


Observe the world around you. What stories and events are affecting contemporary health and social care work? What’s your opinion on the latest news?


Research and understand the role and responsibilities of a healthcare professional. Could you meet the expectations? Take this research exercise as a chance to reflect on your own character. Remember this isn’t a career with regular hours!


Read the NHS constitution and familiarise yourself with the 6Cs – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment. These values underpin the key attributes of all healthcare professionals. Consider your previous relevant experience. Make a list of your qualifying personal qualities – you may be surprised at all the rich, relevant experiences you’ve had! Teamwork. Caring. Dedication. But be honest. Made up stories will cast doubt on your integrity (an essential attribute of a healthcare professional).


If you have time, try to get some hands on experience. Nothing beats exposure to a real healthcare environment.

Final pointers

So, you’ve done the preparation and we’re really looking forward to meeting you. Here’s our final pointers for a stress-free day!

HELS interviews your journey
Your journey

Plan your journey in advance and carry our contact number (0121 331 7090) with you in case of delay. If at all possible, take public transport as there is no on-site parking for visitors.

HELS interviews documents

Bring all the required documents listed in your email from admissions, including that all-important personal statement!

HELS interviews dress smartly
Dress smartly

Try to dress smartly. We want to see that you appreciate and respect that you’ll have to adhere to a dress code both on placement and once you enter the workplace as a qualified professional.

HELS interviews ask questions
Ask questions

Ask questions. Remember this is your chance to find out about us too – so talk to us. Current students usually help out with interview sessions so there will be people on hand to give you the inside scoop!

HELS interviews enjoy it
Enjoy it

Enjoy it! We’re not looking to trip you up – we want you to do well. You’ve put in the hard work so now it’s your opportunity to shine!