If you're a graduate looking to get into healthcare and need to get a feel for the kind of questions employers might ask at interview, then make sure you research these graduate healthcare interview questions below. These questions and answers are taken from real graduate interviews, and compiled to give you an idea of what to expect and how to prepare your answers.

Example Healthcare Interview Questions:

What do you think working in healthcare/social care entails?

If you have prepared thoroughly before the interview then that should shine through when answering this question. An answer that is accurate would be beneficial here but try not to appear like you have just memorised the job specification and are just parroting it back. When you are mentioning the roles that you could take, explain why you have the right skills to be successful and give examples.

Why do you want to work in health or social care? How would you like the people you work with to describe you and why?

When pursuing a career in this sector it is vital that you have great people skills, but also the ability to react well in stressful situations and perform your duties to the best of your ability. This will improve the way people you deal with will describe you. The best ways to be described would be helpful, considerate, dependable, caring, professional and empathetic. Try to avoid basic answers which say you just wish to help people, as this is too generic. Instead bring in previous experiences you may have in this sector, or any particular event which lead you to pursue a career in health and social care.

How would you dissuade someone from going into healthcare or social care?

This is a testing question and will require you to display tact. The real question being asked is what are the worst things about working in healthcare. The best way to answer would be to come up with an honest answer, but then turn it around and describe why you  find what you have highlighted challenging, how you would overcome these challenges and how the positive aspects of the job are more important to you. Try and turn negatives into positives where possible.