The NHS's Graduate Scheme is a two year programme (two and a half for Finance) where graduates will experience what it is like to really work at the NHS and receive special training. The NHS will support graduates achieve a post-graduate academic or a professional qualification. Upon completion, graduates will be provided with support to further enhance their careers within the NHS. There are a number of different steps in the NHS application process outlined below.
Currently, the NHS graduate training scheme is offered in four positions: General Management, Finance Management, Human Resources Management and Health Informatics Management. In order to be eligible to apply for the Graduate Scheme, candidates are required to meet at least one of the following requirements:
The first stage of the NHS application process requires you to complete a fairly basic online application form and complete a questionnaire used as a self-assessment tool to determine your motivation to work for the NHS. This questionnaire is not reviewed by a staff member, but if you don’t answer yes to every single question you will be asked to ensure that you really want to work for the NHS before applying. If this application is successful you will be invited to take the four NHS online aptitude tests outlined below.
There are four different tests in the NHS aptitude test battery by two different test providers: Kenexa, one of the biggest companies in the psychometrics world and by a smaller company called Pearn Kandola. You can find out about the different Kenexa tests here.
In this test you will have 20 questions to answer within a 20 minute limit. You will be presented with various different items of numerical data in the form of charts and tables. You will have to perform basic calculations in order to answer the questions correctly. Practising for these tests is necessary as even if the questions themselves aren’t too difficult, answering them under a strict time limit can prove challenging. Practice for the Kenexa Numerical tests here.
In this test you will be presented with a paragraph of information with some different, often disjointed facts that you need to understand quickly. Based on the paragraph, you need to answer 24 multiple choice questions within 17 minutes. Again, practising is imperative as there is less than one minute per question. Make sure you practise these questions with one of our Kenexa Verbal practise packs available here.
In this untimed test you will be presented with 150 different statements relating to your personality, and you have to choose whether you agree or disagree with the statement. For example, “I often feel that the need to do something exciting”. Although it has been said in the past that it is impossible to study for these tests, expert studies have concluded conclusively that preparing for these tests leads to success. Find out more here.
In the NHS SJT you will be presented with different situations and given a few different choices of action to select from. For example, you may be presented with a situation such as the organisation of a medical conference only to find out that one of the leading speakers has lost his voice. You will be given a variety of different choices to choose from and you have to select the path of action that you would choose in the situation. Click here for JobTestPrep's complete preparation package.
Only a fraction of candidates come through these NHS aptitude tests so it is more than worthwhile to ensure you have sufficient practise and training before tackling these tests. If you do well enough on these tests you will move onto the next stage of the NHS application process, the NHS interview.
Once you have come through the NHS online tests you will be invited to the come in for an NHS interview. This is a competency based interview and in it you will have to provide examples of where you have demonstrated the core competencies mentioned in your job application. In general, these competencies fall into the following categories:
When preparing answers for this interview, ensure that you include the relevant competencies in your answers. This NHS interview is usually held together with two consultants of the NHS and usually lasts half an hour. For practise and to pick up some valuable NHS interview tips try out our Interview preparation package.
If you do well enough through these stages you have already beaten more than half of the competition. Find out about what will happen in the NHS assessment centre on the next page.