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shorty | 14:45 Sat 15th May 2010 | Jobs & Education
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Hi, i have a job interview coming up for theatre suport worker and i am really reall nervous!!!! I get really shy in interviews!!! Please help, how the hell do you answer why you want te job without babbling on?? Nebody an deas of what they mite ask?

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Is this theatres as in "operating theatres" or as in the stage? I can think of questions etc for both scenarios but they are very different!
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its operating theatres
First things first: why DO you actually want the job...?
Glad you said that because I assumed you meant as on the stage, if so you could have prepared some answers about.....make-up say for example.
In a hospital theatre I have no idea sorry.
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i have always wanted to work in theatres,its fast paced, challengeing and im not afraid of blood.
So say that, then...? Sounds OK to me...
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yea i know was thinking that but its putting it into the right words exactly. I am crap at interviews
Is there a written test...?
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no just an interview. Think wriiten test would be handier that interview
shorty, I imagine that you have been sent the job description so you need to be familiar with that, so you can relate your answer to that. They may ask why you think you are suitable for the job, so be prepared - explain what you have done so far in your work life which fits in with the spec for the type of person they are looking for, and say that you are very willing to learn about things less familiar to you. You can ask what sort of training may be availabile to you so you can learn and development in the job - if the NVQ or another qualification in OPD is required as part of the job then say that you know you haven't got that yet but you are keen to take whatever training is necessary to help you to work better. If the job description is anything like this one http://www.jobs.nhs.u...i?selection=912477062 then anything you can tell the interviewer to show that you know about infection control, stock control, record keeping, etc., will all help your case, and in a role like this it is all about supporting patient safety - the patient is central to what goes on in the operating theatre and this is about preparing for operations and tidying up afterwards, so that the clinical staff can get on with their jobs of surgery and anaesthetics. (more on part 2)
Not based on current evidence...
part 2....
The more you can prepare likely responses, the less likely you are to be caught off-centre and start (as you say) babbling. You can take notes in with you, a notebook and writing down things they say to you will not go against you, (as long as you say when you go in that you would like to take notes) and you can have bullet points in your book for things you want to make sure you cover in the interview. There is bound to be "do you want to ask us anything else?" at the end, so if you have a list, you won't forget anything, and it shows them you have prepared for the interview, which is good. If you feel yourself starting to flap, stop and take a deep breath and say "I am sorry, I am really nervous as I am really keen to get this job" - an experienced interviewer would rather you admitted it, so they can help put you at your ease. Give yourself plenty of time before the interview, get there early so you can go to the loo and sort yourself out so you are waiting and looking composed (even if you are not!) when they call you. Another point is to dress comfortably but smartly - it does make a difference, if a candidate looks as if they have got ready for an interview, instead of going to the shops, it makes a good impression when you first enter the room. And smile - and good luck, let us know how you get on!

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