A registrar survival guide

…surviving an interview

  • Update your CV

All too quickly the cosy registrar existence comes to an end. The chances are that your CV is outdated, and the swimming badges you won at school are no longer your greatest achievement.
Produce a neat document and highlight the major accomplishments within your medical career. Show a draft to your trainer and ask what they would look for in a CV.

  •  Find out where you are going

Find out about where your target practice is, who they employ, and what facilities or speciality services they offer. Have an idea of the demographics of the practice population, including list size and ethnic origins. Contact the practice manager for an informal chat for any handy hints. Enthusiasm and initiative are vital.

  • Be pleasant

Dress smartly and sensibly, and arrive in plenty of time. Be happy and courteous to everyone you meet. Share eye contact equally between your interviewers. Try to do most of the talking and have at least three questions ready. Thank your interviewers at the end, shaking hands with continued eye contact.

  • Enjoy the future

If you are successful, congratulations. If not, contact the interviewers to get as much feedback as possible. Learning from mistakes and weaknesses is what continuous professional development is all about, and will form a large part of another major hurdle in the future — the GP appraisal.

Essentials checklist

  • An updated CV.
  • Information about the practice.
  • Appropriate clothing.
  • Positive and pleasant attitude.

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