The final step in the process is a short interview with the locum agency. These are face-to-face, although they have recently been online due to COVID restrictions. This serves two purposes: (1) to check your physical documents in person, and (2) to ensure you can pass a very simple competency check.
What do I need to bring?
Your physical documents will be examined in person including your passport, proofs of identity, DBS and original certificates. The locum agency will send you a checklist beforehand, but during the process make sure you keep a 'shoe box' of your original documents so they are to hand.
Where will it be?
Note: Interviews have recently been online due to COVID restrictions. As of May 2021 interviews are likely to revert to face-to-face but a date has not yet been confirmed.
Agencies have teams of people, called Regional Compliance Officers, who will meet you at a convenient place near your home or current hospital to do the interview. The agency will schedule this for a convenient time.
How long will it last?
Only around 20 minutes.
What questions will I be asked?
You will be asked very basic situational judgement questions, such as:
- How would you resolve a difficult situation with a patient and junior member of staff?
- Describe a patient interaction you have been involved in where you have had to use your ability to create trust.
- What would you do if someone asked you to complete a task you are unsure of?
There is no need to do any preparation for this, but if you have any concerns mention these to the locum agency beforehand.