Interview hints and tips

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It’s extremely important that you prepare well for your interview. Preparing well for your interview can make all the difference when it comes to landing your perfect role with LPFT. We have put together a list of our top hints and tips to help you before and during your interview. 

Prepare for interview questions – We recommend using the job description and person specification to think about the types of questions you may be asked. You should prepare a range of examples from your experiences to highlight how you meet the skills and competences the interview panel will be looking for.

Do your research – It is important you are familiar with the Trust and have knowledge on the latest news, developments and research in the field relating to the role you have applied for.

Make contact with the recruiting manager – Consider making contact with the recruiting manager prior to your interview to ask any further questions you may have about the role.

Familiarise yourself with the roles base location – As some of our hospital and site locations are very large providing a variety of services, we recommend familiarising yourself with the area and location base of the role you are applying for.

Look the part – Looking the part for an interview helps to form that all important positive first impression with your interview panel. We recommend dressing appropriately by wearing smart office wear, for both in person and video interview calls.

Prepare questions to ask the interview panel when offered the chance – Asking questions helps to show your genuine interest in the role, and can highlight to the panel that you have done your research. The interview is your chance to find out whether this is the role for you, so make sure to ask any questions you may have about the role, the Trust, the department, working arrangements, projects and plans, or development opportunities. Be careful not to ask for information that has already been provided or discussed during the interview.

Engage with the panel - It is important to engage with all of the members of the interview panel, despite which member asked the question you are answering.

Be clear - Speak clearly and be concise in your responses.

Sell yourself – give real examples of how you have achieved positive outcomes. It is important to use ‘I’ rather than ‘we’ in your examples, to make it clear to the interview panel what your personal contributions were.

Be aware of your body language – Using positive body language helps to portray a good impression and shows us you are interested in the role and engaged with the interview. It’s best to avoid slouching or touching your face and instead, smile, listen, and maintain good eye contact.

Test your technology – Give yourself enough time before the interview to check that everything is in working order. We recommend testing your microphone and speakers, and ensuring your technology has enough battery to last the duration of the call.

Minimise interruptions – Make sure you are in a quiet area where you are unlikely to be interrupted and distracted during the interview.

Test the lighting – Lighting is extremely important in a video interview call; if the lighting is too dark or too bright, then the interview panel will not be able to see your face. Test the lighting prior to the call, and adjust accordingly.

Check your surroundings – Before the interview, turn on the camera to view what is in the background of the shot. We recommend finding an area with a blank wall behind you, to limit any distractions.

Joining the interview – You will be invited to join the interview with an email containing a Microsoft Teams link. If you have the Microsoft Teams Windows app, you can join the interview via the app. Alternatively, you can join via your browser instead.


For further enquiries regarding interviews, please contact our recruitment team:

Gervas House,
Long Leys Road
Lincoln, LN1 1EJ

  • Mobile: 07813 393280
  • Mobile: 07747 487378
  • Email: 
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