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With a staff count of around 1.4 million, the National Health Service (NHS) is the UK’s biggest employer. For university leavers interested in a career in health service management, it offers a number of opportunities each year through its graduate scheme.

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Video interview

If you successfully meet the required standard in all of your psychometric tests, you’ll receive an invitation to attend a video interview. These can last anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour, and will include a combination of general and competency-based questions.

The NHS advises applicants to its Graduate Management Scheme to prepare for their interview by referring to its Healthcare Leadership Model. This consists of nine dimensions of behaviour which, when combined, constitute the leadership style it looks for all employees to adopt, regardless of their seniority.

The nine leadership dimensions are:

  • Inspiring shared purpose
  • Leading with care
  • Evaluating information
  • Connecting our service
  • Sharing the vision
  • Engaging the team
  • Holding to account
  • Developing capability
  • Influencing for results

Prior to your interview, read up on each dimension and consider how it relates to the role you’ve applied for. Where possible, refer to real examples where you’ve put these principles into practice.

Assessment centre

The final stage of the application process is attendance at an NHS assessment centre. Here you’ll take part in a number of activities that will give you an idea of what working life will be like on the graduate scheme.

It will also give the assessors a chance to see you in action, and get a feel for how well you’re likely to perform if offered the opportunity.

The two most common activities are a group exercise and a role play exercise.

In the first instance, you’ll work as part of a small team on a set task. You’ll be assessed continuously, so you’ll need to show strong communication and collaboration skills throughout. Be sure to get involved and encourage others to do the same.

A key skill in a group exercise is knowing when to share your opinions, and when to step back and let others voice their own thoughts.

In your role play exercise, you’ll act out a given scenario and be assessed on your ability to cope under pressure while thinking on your feet.

As with your interview, the Healthcare Leadership Model should inform your actions throughout the day. If you can demonstrate this model in action, you’ll set yourself apart as a highly promising candidate for the NHS Graduate Management Scheme.

Practice Aptitude Tests is not associated with NHS. We provide preparation services for NHS psychometric tests. Our tests are not designed to be identical to any style, employer or industry. Visit to apply.

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