Thank you for your interest in Paramedic Science here at Staffordshire University, we receive a large volume of applications every year and the following information will help to prepare you for your interview and help you stand out as an excellent candidate.
What to expect on the selection day
On the day of your interview, you will be invited to attend a number of welcome talks that take place on Microsoft Teams Live. You will be sent an email with all the relevant information of how to join these virtual meetings as well as those important dates and times. This email will also contain contact details in case you encounter any issues on the day.
You will also receive an invitation with a specific time slot for your individual interview that takes place after the welcome talks. Please ensure that you take note of this time. The invite will have a “Click here to join the meeting” link which is usually located near the bottom of the email, to join the meeting just click this link approximately 5-10 minutes prior to your allotted time in case you experience any technical issues, and your interview panel will then join you at the scheduled time.
What to expect during your interview
The focus of this part of the day is to ensure that you reflect the values of the University and the Paramedic profession. We don’t want you to be nervous about this – we don’t use ‘trick questions’ at Staffordshire University. You’ll do well in our interview if you come with good answers to the following three questions:
- Why do you want to become a Paramedic?
- What do you understand the role of a Paramedic?
- What have you done to prepare for the Paramedic course and for your future as a Paramedic?
Your interview is an opportunity to tell us why you want to start your journey to becoming a Paramedic here with us at Staffordshire University. It is also time for you to show us what skills and experiences you have had previously that have shaped you into the person you are today as well as demonstrating why these skills will aid you on your path to becoming a registered nurse.
The interview usually lasts approximately 20 minutes and is led by an academic within the school of Health, Science, and Wellbeing. These include practitioners such as Nurses, Midwives, Paramedics and Operating Department Practitioners to name a few. Here at Staffordshire University, we believe in a multidisciplinary approach to our courses which lends itself nicely to our interprofessional education allowing you to work alongside these practitioners as you move through your course and then into your future practice. Your panel may also include current students and/or service users.
How to prepare
During your interview we will be looking to see:
- Your current understanding of the Paramedic role.
- Who regulates us as well as our professional responsibilities?
- What qualities should Paramedics demonstrate.
- What challenges you feel you may encounter and how you may overcome these?
- How have you prepared yourself for studying at Staffordshire University?
We know that interviews can be a daunting event however good preparation is key to helping you show us why you would make an excellent Paramedic. This may take different forms for each of you, however some good ways to prepare are to research the profession you want to join.
Points to note:
- You should thoroughly research your choice in the Paramedic profession. Be prepared to be able to discuss the role and importance of organisations such as the College of Paramedics and The Health and Care Professions Councils.
- You should familiarise yourself with Staffordshire University and the structure and content of our course. This could be through our website, YouTube channel or social media or through other university metrics.
- Have a good general awareness of the current trends in paramedic practice or research by reading a recognised paramedic journal or listening to a podcast.
- We are aware that many of the typical routes and experience such as volunteer organisations or observation opportunities have been curtailed due to the pandemic. Any experience such as customer service or caring for a loved one can be used to illustrate the communication skills and care we look for in prospective paramedics.
- Good interpersonal skills are vital when you are looking to engage in a career which involves working within unplanned emergency care.
Other points to consider:
- Ideally, you should be a car driver or aim to have passed your test and have daily access to a vehicle by the start of your first placement. Placement can be across the West Midlands Ambulance Service area and is not limited to Stafford and the surrounding areas.
- Consider your work/life balance and home circumstance and the impact of a full-time course which involves placement on shift work (such as lates, nights, weekends, bank holidays).
- Additionally, many ambulance services require a C1 (LGV) license as an essential criterion for employing staff, whilst this isn’t an essential criteria for commencing your degree training it may be worth considering.