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Expert Interview with Psychiatrist Dr Campbell:

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We wanted to take the opportunity to highlight just what it’s like to pursue a career in the field of Mental Health. Specialising in Addiction at Priory Hospital Roehampton, Psychiatrist Dr Niall Campbell talks about the challenges of his profession, his views on the best elements of working in such a role, as well as offering some great insight into what kind of skills you will need to succeed in such a career. Here’s a few of the best bits from his expert interview!

  • What’s the most common misconception about what you do?

Many people still think that the Priory only deals with celebrities and the wealthy that have addiction problems. This could not be further from the truth. The majority of our patients are working; some have health insurance, others self-paying who desperately want to fix what’s wrong with them.

The other misconception is that addiction is somehow a choice to be bad, rather than a disease over which patients are powerless.

  • Could you name three of the most challenging aspects of your role?
  1. Motivating people who do not recognise the consequences of their addiction and don’t want to change.
  2. Involving close family members in a positive way in patient’s recovery.  We work very hard at the Priory to do this.
  3. Challenging the widely held stigmas about addiction.  I work with media trying to get this message across.
  • What is the most interesting part of your job?

Never knowing who’s going to turn up!  I have been privileged in this job to meet people from all walks of life, from the unemployed and homeless, to the rich and apparently successful, people from every country in the world and people doing jobs and involved in organisations which I had never heard of before.

My work has been an immense privilege.


Content written by the Priory Group

A Nursing Success Story!


How beneficial do you think mock interviews are? When Vikki, one of our nursing students, was recently invited for her dream job on a critical care unit, she asked the careers team for a mock interview to ensure that she was fully prepared.

Of course the careers team were more than happy to help!

Vikki came in for her mock interview, which was set up just like a real interview, where she was asked some typical nursing interview questions and given feedback on her performance.

A few weeks later and the careers team received an email from Vikki saying that she had been offered the job! Congrats Vikki!!

Vikki kindly passed on some of the questions she was asked at interview, so if you are going for an interview soon, these may help:

1- What’s the biggest change you have experienced so far?

2- Can you give an example of when you helped a new member to the team?

3- can you give an example of a busy time and how you balanced your time?

4- What attracted you to the post and why do you want it?

5-  Give an example of a time where you went over and above to give compassionate care.

6- Give an example of when you used your communication skills to tell someone something important and how you did it.  

We hope that these questions will help you in your future interviews. If you have had an interview recently, why not leave your favourite questions in the comments, or you can tweet them to us @UoCCareers

Top five interview tips to help you land that job!

Interviews can be scary, especially if you have never had one before. The most important thing to do before any interview is to make sure that you are well prepared. Take some time before your interview to research the company, prepare answers to common interview questions, and make sure that you have everything you will need on the day to hand.


Tip 1: Research the Company

Ideally you will already have done some research before applying for the role, but if not, now is the time to do it! You don’t have to memorise all of their annual reports or become an expert on their products, but if you haven’t done any research at all, it will reflect poorly on you during the interview. You should aim to know something about the products and services they provide as well as a brief overview of their history – you can also search for news articles about them, for added points.

Tip 2: Plan Ahead

You will normally be told in advance the location of the interview, so make the most of this advance knowledge and plan your route to get there. Being late for the interview means getting off on the wrong foot at best, and will have a strong negative impact on your chances of getting the job. Aim to arrive around 10 minutes before the time stated on your invite to interview. Build in time in your route for traffic jams, roadworks, public transport issues and so on. Take a spare copy of your CV with you, as well as the job description, your application, and some information on the company. Then when you arrive early, you can read through your pack while you are waiting.

Tip 3: First Impressions

When you arrive for your interview, make sure you switch off your mobile phone (or at the very least make sure it is on silent with the vibrate turned OFF). Take some mints or chewing gum to freshen your breath, but make sure you finish/dispose of it before going into the interview – you don’t want to be crunching mints or chewing gum in your interview!

Tip 4: Be Confident and Enthusiastic

Confidence is one the most important traits to creating a positive impression. Smile, be courteous and address the interviewers by name whenever possible. Keep in mind that you have already impressed the employer enough with your application/CV for them to want to see you. This is no small thing considering the volume of applications most employers receive. Therefore, you have already made a positive impression on them. Your task at the interview is to allow the employer to learn more about you and to see if they like your personality. This is hard to do if you clam up with nerves so take some deep breaths and try to relax.

Tip 5: Follow-Up To Your Interview

After your interview, write to the employer and thank them for their time in seeing you – do this if you are offered the job or not. This will make sure that you stick in their minds as a polite and proactive candidate, and will also confirm to the employer that you are still interested in the position. Sometimes you might need to check a fact or clarify a point raised during the interview. You can use the follow-up email or letter to relay this information to them.

Post adapted from http://www.jobcentreguide.co.uk/job-interview-tips/23/job-interview-tips

Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) Interview – The First Post

Today as part of our ‘teaching and NQT sort of week’ here on the blog, we have an interview with Nicola Hargreaves, an NQT of modern foreign languages at Ulverston Victoria High School. Nicola is originally from Preston, and now lives and works in Ulverston since graduating from the University of Cumbria. She teaches German Key Stage 3-5 (ages 11-18) and Key Stage 3 French (ages 11-13).

Why did you want to be a teacher?

I always wanted a fulfilling and rewarding job and whenever I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer would always be “a Teacher.” I like challenges and teaching is something that is never boring as every day and every class bring you something different. I think it also helped that I really enjoyed my education growing up and admired the effort and enthusiasm my teachers put into their lessons and my learning. Their enthusiasm for the subject, regardless of whether I liked it or not, or was good at it or not, was infectious. I aspired to be that kind of person.

Did you struggle finding your first post?

I applied for absolutely every job around the country, I’m not actually sure how many I applied for. When other trainees on my course started getting their jobs in January, I was worried, but then I realised that it was a good thing that I was not successful at my first two interviews, as in hindsight those schools were not right for me.

How did you choose your first post?

I had to look at the language combinations, as my degree was uncommon. I also looked  at the websites of the school to see what their ethos was. You can also glean a lot of information from the job description and the priorities of the school. At the interview too you are able to ask questions and usually they give you a tour so you have a real feel for the place and know if it’s the right school for you.

What was your interview like? How did you prepare for it?

I feel that interviews for teaching posts are like the apprentice! You have several tasks to complete and can sometimes be rejected half way through the day, before you get to meet the interview panel. I had had a mock interview from my University mentor, but it was still quite nerve wracking at the time, you have to put it all to the back of your mind and just go for it! I had to teach a lesson, have a parent panel interview and a student panel interview. I also met staff in the department and had a tour around the school. This was all done before lunch! Afterwards the candidates are interviewed individually by a panel. The best way to prepare is to think what questions they might ask you and think of what you would say in that situation. Be honest, as people can tell when you are lying, so don’t try and make up an answer as they know you are an NQT from your application and must like you, as they would not have invited you to interview! Make sure you prepare and run through your lesson and have a plan b, in case technology fails on you. Also, think of questions you would like to ask the school and look on their website beforehand so you are clued up on what sets them apart from other schools.

Did your training fully prepare you for teaching?

Yes and no. Yes because it helped me deal with the unexpected and no because you can’t play out every single scenario while doing your training. It did however equip me with some brilliant teaching ideas and ways of coping with the unforseen, interviews, lesson planning and Ofsted! Which I underwent during my first term as an NQT.

Take us through a typical day.

I get into work at 7:45 and do photocopying and admin work. I then register my form and teach a mixture of French and German lessons from all key stages. We have briefing twice a week in the morning and a pastoral meeting too. After lunch we have registration for 30 minutes in which I do various activities such as reading, word games, maths, quizzes etc. After work we sometimes have department meetings or whole school training but I usually mark books and plan lessons.

What has been the most rewarding thing about your first year so far?

I think seeing the change in the classes I found challenging at the start that are now understanding the boundaries as well as developing their learning and enjoying the lesson more (hopefully!)

What has been the most challenging thing about your first year so far?

The jump in work load has been challenging, I’ve had a few late nights (mostly around Ofsted time) but it has got easier and you find ways of coping with extra work e.g: reports,  parents evening etc on  top of the usual lessons and marking.

Have you been involved with any extra-curricular activities? How has that been?

I’ve been on a few theatre trips with school as that is something that I really enjoy and I sing in the choir when I have time. I also do my own Italian club on Thursday lunch times.

How did you find being observed?

I don’t mind it! I think it’s because I became used to it after doing my PGCE. I find it helpful to receive constructive feedback.

What do you wish someone had told you at the start of your NQT year?

You can’t always do everything all the time.

What advice would you give to our final year students?

Remain positive as the lows are made up for by all the highs. And remember that you are human! If you are struggling, you won’t be the only one so ask for help. And don’t be too hard on yourself. I’m still trying to learn not to beat myself up about a lesson that might not have gone as well as I would have liked.

Thanks Nicola!