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No need to be nervous: how to succeed at a job interview

Nerves can take hold and speech become garbled when you are put on the spot. Here, we offer expert advice on being the best you can be at a job interview.
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University of Surrey director of studies for nursing Cathy Derham says check the interview information carefully to ensure you are properly prepared. ‘Interviews may not always be one-to-one,’ she says. ‘Many trusts are also including drug calculations as part of the interview. You need to check exactly what format it will take.’

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In answering: Why do you want this job? and What could you bring to the role?, citing the employer’s values, such as a commitment to compassionate care or safety, will show you have thought about whether you are a good fit. ‘It shows you have taken the time to research who they are,’ says RCN careers adviser Julie Watkins.

Dress smartly for an interview. Ms Derham urges students to also dress well for any informal visits they make to a potential workplace: ‘What

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