24 NHS Band 3 Interview Questions & Answers

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Q1. Tell me about yourself and why you want to work for the NHS in this Band 3 role?

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“I am extremely hard-working, conscientious, caring, and totally focused on completing my work to consistently high standards. The skills, qualities, and experience I possess are a solid match for this Band 3 NHS role, and I am confident you will be pleased with my strong work values and ethics. I want to work for the NHS because, having studied both the job description and the values expected of all staff, I feel this is somewhere I will get to put my skills to good use whilst working alongside some incredible people who are all working towards a common goal.”

Q2A. How do your skills and qualities meet the job description of this NHS Band 3 position? (ADMIN & CLERICAL ROLES)

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“I have studied the job description and I am confident my skills, qualities, and experience are a strong match for this Band 3 role. For example, I am an excellent team worker and I can also work on my own whilst following strict guidelines and operational procedures. I have excellent attention to detail skills and I can also work under pressure whilst managing and completing lots of different tasks. The experience I have, means I can work alongside different people from different departments, and I will be able to provide effective and efficient clerical and administrative support to teams of healthcare professionals to help them achieve their objectives without additional stresses and pressures.”

Q2B. How do your skills and qualities meet the job description of this NHS Band 3 position? (PATIENT-CENTRED ROLES)

“Prior to applying for this NHS Band 3 role, I studied the job description to make sure I had the necessary skills, qualities and experience to excel within the position. For example, I have the ability to both participate and assist in the delivery of excellent patient-centred care to users of the NHS. I can also be relied upon to follow strict rules and procedures, including those relating to safeguarding and confidentiality. Due to the many years’ experience, I have gained, I fully understand how important it is to always strive for excellence, because that’s what patients deserve. Finally, I have excellent communication, teamworking, and attention to detail skills, all of which will enable me to perform consistently to high standards within this position.”

Q3. Describe a time when you demonstrated one of the NHS’ core values in your work?
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Q4. Tell me what you know about ‘confidentiality’ in the NHS and how you’d maintain it within this Band 3 role?
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Q5. What are the different challenges facing the NHS?
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Q6. Describe to me each of the NHS values?
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Q7. Tell me a situation you were in where you ‘worked with other people’ to provide excellent treatment or care?
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Q8. What has attracted you to work in the National Health Service?
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Q9. What is Safeguarding?
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Q10. Working in this NHS Band 3 role will require you to manage lots of tasks concurrently. Describe a time when you managed multiple tasks all at once?
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Q11. What are your strengths that will be of benefit within this NHS Band 3 position?
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Q12. What knowledge do you have of NHS systems or processes?
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Q13. Tell me a situation when you had to change your style of communication to get your message across to someone?
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Q14. What would you do if you didn’t get on with someone within the NHS team?
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Q15. Describe a time when you had to overcome a stressful situation at work?
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Q16. Teamwork is an essential part of everyday life within the NHS. Describe a time when you worked with others to achieve a common goal?
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Q17. What is Clinical Governance?
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Q18. Tell me how you would deal with the stress that comes with this NHS Band 3 position?
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Q19. You are working in the NHS and you overhear a junior member of staff talking inappropriately to a patient. What would you do?
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Q20. How would you deal with a patient who was being rude, confrontational or verbally aggressive?
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Q21. What is professional duty of candour?
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Q22. A patient you are caring for is clearly upset and confused and they refuse your help. What would you do?
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Q23. Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
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Q24. That’s the end of your NHS Band 3 interview. Do you have any questions for the panel?
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NHS (National Health Service) Band 3 Job Description and Role


To work within any NHS Band 3 position you will need to remain calm under pressure, be able to follow strict rules and procedures, (including Safeguarding and Confidentiality protocols), be willing to consistently provide quality of care and treatment, have respect and dignity for all, remember that everyone counts, and also work hard to continually improve and develop so the NHS can continue to achieve its core objectives.

There are numerous jobs and vacancies that fall within the Band 3 NHS position. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Healthcare Assistant;
  • Nurse;
  • Healthcare Support Worker;
  • Clerical Worker;
  • Radiographer;
  • Senior Administrative Assistant;
  • Outpatients Receptionist / Booking Clerk;
  • Medical Secretary;
  • Maternity Assistant;
  • Children’s Community Carer;
  • Rehabilitation Assistant.

The responsibilities of a Band 3 position within the NHS are many and varied. However, the core responsibilities include being responsible for assisting and delivering quality of patient care services and treatment; working alongside other healthcare professionals and support workers to meet the objectives of the NHS Trust; following the set Code of Conduct for your particular role; providing high standards of care at all times, conducting patient needs assessments and risk assessments; and also ensuring your own professional competence is maintained at all times by undertaking training courses and development programmes.

5 IMPORTANT TIPS FOR PASSING ANY NHS BAND 3 JOB INTERVIEW!

TIP #1 – When preparing for your Band 3 NHS job interview, we strongly recommend you study the 6 core values of the NHS. These are important because they are the foundations of the role and it is also highly likely you will be asked at least one interview question about them.

TIP #2 – Prior to attending your NHS Band 3 job interview, read the job description for your particular role and then prepare an answer to the following question:

Q. What skills, qualities and experience do you have that will be of benefit to this NHS Band 3 position?

TIP #3 – Whilst you will not need an in-depth understanding of the different NHS practices and procedures to pass your interview, we feel it is important to have a basic knowledge of how the NHS operates. On that basis, research the NHS prior to your Band 3 interview and be able to answer the following interview question confidently:

Q. What do you understand about the NHS and how it operates?

TIP #4 – The National Health Service prides itself on its ability to work as part of team to provide consistent quality services, treatment and care to all patients. There is a strong possibility you will be asked an interview question that assesses when you have previously worked as part of a team to achieve a common goal or task. When answering this NHS Band 3 interview question, we recommend you use the STAR technique to structure your response.

TIP #5 – We feel confident that, if you prepare answers to ALL of the interview questions listed on this page, you will be able to pass your NHS Band 3 interview with confidence. Although there are lots of different questions to prepare for, you will have the peace of mind there is unlikely to be a question put your way that you cannot answer!

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