Feedback on the National Recruitment Process – 1

I have to say I found the whole recruitment process a shambles, and completely unfair. I was in the first session to be interviewed in the XX (location withheld) centre, by the afternoon most applicants knew the questions that were in the bank, the clinical skills one having not changed in the two days of interviewing. By the following day, the same questions were known to everyone being interviewed. I later discovered that the same questions had been asked two days prior in another centre, and applicants with friends there had come to know what was going to be asked. I cannot blame any of the applicants as it’s human nature to help one another. The ranking is competitive so people with rehearsed answers to questions undoubtedly did better in this “tick box” exercise.
The most unfair part of the process is that, just because I had one bad interview, my career may be put on hold until next year. The interview in no way reflects my academic, clinical or professional ability and none of these factors will be considered.


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Chris Barrow

Chris Barrow has been active as a consultant, trainer and coach to the UK dental profession for over 20 years. As a writer, his blog enjoys a strong following and he is a regular contributor to the dental press. Naturally direct, assertive and determined, he has the ability to reach conclusions quickly, as well as the sharp reflexes and lightness of touch to innovate, change tack and push boundaries. In 2014 he appeared as a “castaway” in the first season of the popular reality TV show “The Island with Bear Grylls”. His main professional focus is as Coach Barrow, providing coaching and mentorship to independent dentistry.