NHS Graduate Management Training Schemes

Just some reminders/updates:

NHS Graduate Management Training Scheme

The number for the NHS Graduate Management Scheme for candidates is: 0845 300 1426

The closing date is 10.00 am on 3rd December 2012.

Interview dates are scheduled as follows:

  • Derby              Tue 22/01/13  Thu 24/01/13
  • London            Mon 28/01/13 Fri 01/02/13
  • Leeds              Mon 04/02/13 Fri 08/02/13

Assessment Centre, in Rugby 11th – 15th March 2013.

For more information, visit the NHS Graduate Management Scheme website: http://www.isthenhsforme.co.uk.

Candidates  can follow the Scheme on Twitter: http://twitter.com/NHSGradScheme and on Facebook:


The Scheme has also launched a Facebook app: https://www.facebook.com/NHSGraduateScheme/app_80376816345

The Scheme’s events page lists the universities that the Scheme will be visiting in the next few weeks. : https://www.facebook.com/NHSGraduateScheme/events

According to the Grad Management Scheme’s Facebook page, they don’t think that there will be a Grad Management Scheme in Wales this year (they tend to have an intake every other year).

2. NHS Scientist Training Programme (STP)

The application cycle for 2013 entry will probably open in January/February 2013.

This has not yet been confirmed and there are no details about the number of places that are likely to be offered.

Information about the 2012 recruitment cycle including FAQs on the NHS Careers main website at:





Do pop in to see us at the Careers Development Centre with your ApplicationForm/CV if you would like some advice from a Careers Advisor.


Interview Skills (Part 1)

Going for an interview is, for most of us, a nerve-wracking experience. Sitting down in front of a panel of people you’ve probably never met before and being grilled for about 30 or 45 minutes in a stressful environment is no-one’s idea of fun. But we all have to do it, and the better prepared we are, the better our actual experience on the day, and the better our chance of getting a job at the end of it. So, how to prepare?

There’s the preparation you can do in terms of the sorts of questions you’ll be asked (we’ll come onto those next week), and then there’s the preparation you can do around getting ready for the day itself.

This might sound like as if it’s so obvious that it’s hardly worth saying, but make sure you know where you’re going and how to get there, and leave yourself plenty of time to do so. You’d be amazed at the number of candidates who arrive late or without any time to compose themselves before going in for their interview. Having a good 15 minutes to compose and motivate yourself beforehand can make all the difference to your frame of mind, and to your interview performance.

You can really help yourself by doing as much research as possible into the organisation you’re applying to. A potential employer is going to want to know that you’ve taken the time to find out about what they do and how they operate, and if you can show them a good depth of research, this will start the interview on a positive note.

Don’t hesitate to phone up in advance to find out as much as you can about the interview process. How many people are there on the panel? Who are they? What format will the interview take? How long will it be? Will there be any tests apart from the interview itself? Knowing all this can help to set your mind at rest and help to increase your self-confidence on the day.

We run mock interviews at the CDC. If you have an interview coming up and want some practice, contact us with your CV/appliaction form and job description (01786) 467 070, and we’ll arrange a mock interview at your convenience. We’ll make the experience as realistic as we can, and give you feedback on your strengths and development points afterwards. There are also some useful pointers on our websitehttp://www.careers.stir.ac.uk/students/applications/interviews.php and on the Prospects website http://www.prospects.ac.uk/interview_tips.htm

Next time, we’ll look at how you can prepare for the kinds of questions you’re likely to be asked.