How to prepare for your Virtual Nursing interview

Nursing student

If you're preparing for your interview for one of our Nursing degrees at USW, here are some great tips from the Admissions Team.   
The interview panel will consist of an academic, a clinician, and possibly a young person from one of our local comprehensive schools.  
Research the course and the University by looking at the website and attending an Online Open Day.  
Also look at relevant websites such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Midwifery and the Nursing Times.  
Get as much practical experience as you can. This is the best way to show your enthusiasm and commitment. Not only will it give you a true insight into the real world of nursing, but it will also give you plenty to talk about in the interview.  

On the day  

Although our interviews are currently taking place virtually, you should still dress as if you were physically attending and interview. Dress in smart clothes. Remember, this is an interview for a professional course.  

Make sure that you have all of the documentation we’ve asked for at hand. You will need to show your passport or driving licence to the interviewer.   

Re-read your application form and personal statement. We will ask you to elaborate on it and it’s vital to remember what you've said.   

Download the Microsoft Teams app and Google Chrome  

Test your technology before the actual interview, to make sure everything is working.   

The interview must be face to face, so make sure your camera is on.   

Find somewhere quiet where you won’t be disturbed and make sure you’re comfortable.   

Don’t panic if the technology doesn’t work, we will work around it and interview you another way.   

Prepare for common questions  
Why you have chosen this field of nursing; what do you know about the role and responsibilities of a nurse in this area?  

What qualities do you need to be a good nurse? Think about how your talents and skills match the qualities needed. Read The All Wales Dignity at Work Policy and NHS England’s Compassion in Practice for guidance. Also, consider what you would want from a nurse.

Why have you chosen to study nursing at USW? What do you know about our course; have you been to an Open Day?  

What do you understand by the term 'professional'? What qualities do you need to be a professional?

What current issues in nursing interest/are of concern to you?

What do you know about the NMC and registration? Read The Code for guidance. 

Finally, be confident, be calm and be yourself. Good luck!