The Successful Candidate
We finally sorted through those 100 applications and found 11 individuals who met the criteria for short-listing and interview. Of those 11, two called to say they had accepted other positions already but three simply failed to show up. I don't get that. Why would one confirm attendance for an interview and then simply not show up? I can understand an untoward event, but eventually I would expect a call to explain. I certainly can't imagine three untoward events to three applicants all in the same morning.
Of the people who showed up, the conversations were interesting. We had a panel of three people for the interview. Myself, the head nurse for the region (called a modern matron here in the UK) and the physio who currently works under my supervision. The candidates were all asked the same six questions. Under NHS guidelines, there is no open conversation. This ensures that all candidates are treated fairly. Candidates are allowed to ask any and as many questions as they like about us, or the post. Much is gleaned about the applicants by the questions they ask of us.
Most everyone handled five out of the six questions well. Four people each missed one question, but never the same one. Two handled all six questions well, researched exactly what the post was all about, which populations we served and which issues existed in our area. One provided exceptional examples of related experience as a student and showed some innovative ways of dealing with obstacles to providing service.
All that for an entry-level position. All the candidates were good, two were great and one was exceptional. That is what it takes to find a position here now.