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How to prepare for an international doctor interview

By Lee Emmett

​As an international doctor, if you hope to relocate to the UK, our interview guide should help; offering tips on how to best demonstrate your skills, knowledge and experience during your interview.

Interviewing international doctors involves a structured online process. Usually, you will have two Skype-based interviews; one with the Sanctuary International team to further assess your suitability for a role and another, more formal interview directly with your potential employer.

Research and preparation

Using the internet, carry out research into the recruiting hospital, NHS trust or clinic. Are they well known for specific types of treatment? How did they perform against set targets? What opportunities are there for you to develop within your role?

Being able to demonstrate knowledge of the broader national issues related to the role you are applying is also useful. It shows you share an interest in the future of the UK’s healthcare sector; the blog on our website is a helpful source of information on this.

Examples of your work

Review the job description and person specification and detail all the key competencies, personality and clinical skills required. Be ready with three or four appropriate examples of how you meet the requirements. Be prepared to discuss strategies you use to deal with a busy workload. Make sure you describe how you assess risk, manage your patients and meet deadlines.

For help with how to answer doctor interview questions, please read the full guide.