The Midwife Job Interview
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Questions You May Be Asked At Interview
& Issues/Trends to Be Aware Of
General
 Tell us about yourself
 Why did you decide to become a midwife?
 What do you think makes you a good midwife?
 What do you consider to be your strengths as a midwife?
 Do you have any weaknesses?
 What would you say are your strengths as a team member?
 How do you recognise and cope with stress?
 Tell us about your midwifery training – what did you enjoy the most?
 What would you say was your major achievement during your training?
 Can you give us some examples of good practice that you saw whilst on placement?
 What did you find the most difficult?
 Why have you applied for this post?
 Why have you applied for this trust/hospital etc
 What skills can you bring to this post?
 What do you see as the main challenges?
 What evidence have you got to demonstrate that you have the criteria that we are looking for in this post?
 How do you monitor and evaluate your professional competence?
 Think of a time when you had to handle a difficult situation or problem, describe it to us, how you dealt with it and what the outcome was.
 What are your future career plans?
 What would you like to ask us?
 
Specific Questions for Midwifery
 If you have a problem with a patient who do you go to?
 What interesting articles/research have been most influential to your practice?
 What are your areas of special interest?
 Questions on team midwifery and the multi disciplinary approach to care
 “What if” e.g. a baby’s heart is dangerously high, the doctor doesn’t think it is a problem – what do you do?
 What do you understand by accountability?
 What will be your priorities in the first six months?
 How would you monitor standards of care?
 How would you deal with controlled drug dependency?
 What would you do if a woman was in the second stage of labour and contractions stopped?
 What would you do if a woman at term was admitted with a slight vaginal blood loss and was discharged by a junior doctor?
 If a woman had a post partum haemorrhage immediately following the delivery of a baby, what would you do?
 
Issues & Trends
 Need awareness of recent changes in the profession e.g. a woman centred approach offering greater choice and continuity of support
 
 Evidence that your training has equipped you with the skills and knowledge to perform your specialist role
 
 A full understanding of physical, psychological and emotional processes of pregnancy and childbirth
 
 Ability to lead, manage and co-ordinate care services (post grade 6)
 
 Good knowledge of local issues and drivers – hospital specific
 
 How practice has been informed by reflection and portfolio development
 
 Transition from student to professional midwife
 
 Issues of supervising others
 
 How would you like to see the National Service Framework being implemented in this area/unit?
 What do you see as the key drivers in this area? (low risk birthing units, vulnerable groups, increasing cultural issues relating to asylum seekers and refugees, drugs/alcohol, identified main public health issues e.g. post natal depression, smoking cessation, domestic violence, teenage pregnancy and breast feeding).
 What are your views on Changing Childbirth?
 What do you think you need from a preceptorship and how might you use it to consolidate your training? (These might include support, identified mentor, on going reflective practice, in house training, further supervised clinical practice etc)
 What do you understand by supervision?
 What do you see as the importance of supervision in this role?
 When would you feel a need to contact a supervisor?
 Many units are involved in various initiatives e.g. the Baby Friendly Initiative to increase rates of breastfeeding, so you might be asked what you know or your views on local initiatives where you are applying.
 Think of an incident that was unsettling. What did you learn from it that you have incorporated into your portfolio learning and into improving your general practice?
 Should midwives become more involved with issues of for example domestic violence?
 Given that this hospital does not have the budget to send you on external training courses how do you feel you will attend to the needs of your own continuing professional development? (This relates to ongoing objectives, portfolio management, in service training etc)
 You are working with a senior midwife whose practice raises some issues with you. What would you do?
 It is your first time on a new ward – how would you start to build a good team rapport with your new colleagues?
 How do you feel midwives will fit into Primary Care groups?
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 How do you think midwives can be influenced by clinical governance?
 How do you think midwifery can contribute to health improvement programmes?
 What do you think the role of a midwife will look like in ten years time? (E.g. more community focus, public health issues etc?)
 
Questions from you
There is always an opportunity given at the end of an interview to ask questions yourself. It is not compulsory that you do so, but it is an opportunity to find out a bit more. I would use this chance to find out things you genuinely want to know rather than just to ask questions for the sake of it. It is a time to be positive – you could ask about opportunities for personal and professional development, preceptorship, any possibilities of internal rotation if applicable, induction programmes, clinical supervision etc. If anything has not been clarified during the interview, you could also take the chance to sort this out here. Make sure, however, that you are not asking things that have obviously already been answered in the course of the day or in the information sent out to you. It sometimes helps to have written down the questions you may want to ask to jog your memory at the time.
After the interview
Whatever happens at the interview, do not agonise over what you either did or did not say. Each interview is a learning experience. One thing it might be useful to do, however, is to note down some of the questions you were asked for future reference and if there was anything that particularly confused you because you just had not thought about it prior to interview – then give it some thought now and develop your ideas should the area come up again in subsequent interviews.

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