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Congratulations – you’ve got an interview. We hope you’re as excited as we are to get the news. The first thing to do is take a moment to celebrate your achievement. Be proud of the fact that your personal statement and your predicted or achieved grades have got you through the first stage. And before the nerves kick in, we’re here to say don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with our exclusive top tips on how to feel prepared. And what to do on the day.

Be prepared


Read your interview invitation email thoroughly.

And make sure you’ve told us that you’ll be attending your interview. If you can’t make the set date and time, contact us for an alternative. We’ll be happy to rearrange it for you.

Can’t find your interview invitation email? Contact and we’ll resend it.


Make sure you’ve read, and fully understood, your interview guidance information.

Follow the links in your email to get to the page you need. If you can’t find it, or you’re unsure what anything means, get in touch using


Complete any tasks you’re given.

You might be asked to watch a video or create a short presentation.

This will be clearly outlined on your interview guidance webpage. Make sure that you complete any tasks you’re given as far in advance of your interview date as you can. That way, you can reflect on whatever you’ve prepared and make any final adjustments before the big day. If your task is to be delivered as part of a small group, take this as an opportunity to showcase your teamwork and people skills.

You might end up being on the same course together so take the opportunity to be friendly and supportive and make some new friends along the way.

4 Practise your answers

Practise your answers to basic interview questions. So think about why you want to study at Edge Hill University. And why you want to become a nurse.

Remember, the interviewer isn’t trying to trip you up. They just want to get to know you and find out why you want to study with us.


Prepare any questions you might have in advance

If there’s something you’d like to know, and it isn’t covered on the day, make sure you’ve got it written down.

That way, you won’t forget to ask when you’ve got the opportunity to do so.


Get up-to-date

It can be a good idea to make sure you’re up to date with any recent news or developments in healthcare just in case you’re asked to give an opinion.

The Guardian or BBC webpages are a great place to start.

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“My top tip for attending a health interview is to be up-to-date with news surrounding health services or events that may have impacted health within the UK. It is possible a case study may be used during your interview, so if you have prior knowledge this is helpful. It may also benefit to use current health and social care news when answering your interview questions to show that you have a current understanding and interest in healthcare.”

Laurey (MNSW Child Nursing and Social Work)

On the day

If you’ve followed all the steps above, you’ll be feeling raring to go. So, here are our top tips for a great interview:

  • Get a good night’s sleep the night before. Yawning isn’t a good way to show your enthusiasm.
  • Eat a decent meal before your interview. Keep your energy levels up.
  • Stay hydrated. Take water with you or have some on hand if you’re at home.
  • Dress comfortably but smart. Whether it’s in person or online, your interviewer wants to know you’re taking it seriously.
  • Bring any pre-prepared notes or completed tasks. Have a back-up if you have to do a presentation – email a copy to yourself and bring printouts.
  • If you’ve been asked to bring documents, have them with you in a simple folder so they’re easy to find and well presented.
  • Bring a pen and a notepad.
  • Arrive early so you’re not flustered or in a rush. If your interview is online, make sure you’re sat at your computer ready to go at least 10 minutes before the interview is due to begin. And have a contact number or email to hand in case you’re delayed in any way.
  • Be yourself. They want to get to know you. So, show them who you are, and what you can do.

All that’s left to do now is to wish you good luck. We can’t wait to see you soon

December 4, 2023