Today I had my first interview for band 5 newly qualified theatre practitioner. To say I was nervous is understating considerably. First interview and the imagined added pressure of many of my cohort already having jobs lined up. I am greeted in the theatre department by a very apolagectic team leader for how late they were running and led into the room. I am trying to remember what happened but it was just a complete blur. My mind was racing with CQC statistics, Francis Report knowledge, trust policies, emergency procedures,etc aaaaaaarrrggghhhh interview prep.
Of course they asked me nothing on any of these things and I came away feeling annoyed that I had to be prompted on one question, this would surely go against me. I have settled with myself that it is invaluable experience for when I interview in the trust I’m training in even if nothing comes of it.
I arrived home an hour later
In my inbox was an email
Thank you for attending for interview today, the interview went very well and we are delighted to be able to give you a conditional offer of a Band 5 Theatre practitioner post in our Emergency Theatre. The HR department will be in contact with you in due course and support you through the remainder of the process.
This just got very, very real.
Bring it on.