Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education Interview Information

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If your application for Nursing, Midwifery or Social Work meets our requirements, you will be asked to attend an interview day, which will consist of the following:

Nursing and Midwifery

Phase 1
  • Numeracy test
  • Literacy test
Phase 2
  • Mini Multiple Interviews (MMI)

For midwifery applicants, phase 1 and 2 will take place on the same day.

For nursing applicants, phase 1 and 2 will generally occur on different days. If you are unsuccessful in the literacy and numeracy tests you will not be able to proceed to the MMI stage.

The literacy test

The literacy test is generally a question, such as ‘How do the media portray midwives?’ or ‘What is social work?’, which you respond to with a short essay-style answer. The test is checking that you can demonstrate understanding of a written task, and use grammar, spelling, punctuation and clear sentences in order to respond in a given time. One of the most important things to do to plan for the interview day is to do your research. If you were to get a question that did touch on the media, like the example above, you may not be able to answer it accurately if you hadn’t done some reading. Useful websites to scan through before the day are the BBC and the Guardian topic pages.

The numeracy test

The numeracy test (See a sample) consists of 20 questions – these vary from working out percentages, to converting decimals from fractions, to metric to imperial conversions. You won’t be allowed a calculator for these, so it’s crucial to do some homework beforehand so that you’re comfortable with the different sums. The numeracy test lasts for 30 minutes and is based at grade C GCSE level (so fairly painless); the pass rate is 50% so it’s achievable! Saying that, please don’t let these factors make you too relaxed – the way to not be stressed on the day is to prepare for each assessment.

MMIs

Upon successful conclusion of the literacy and numeracy tests, you will be invited back for another interview. This will be in the MMI format and will consist of 3 interview stations to complete.
  • You will attend 3 stations will look at your understanding of an aspect of the NHS constitution through short scenarios.
  • Each station will also consider your interpersonal skills
  • Each station will be led by either an academic from ARU, a practicing Nurse from a local NHS trust or a service user (someone who has been a patient or the relative of a patient)  

And just remember, it is perfectly normal to be nervous about the interview day, but as long as you prepare well then there is nothing to be stressed about.

Social Work Interview Process

If we shortlist your application to study Social Work, you'll be invited to visit our campus for a written task, a group discussion and an individual interview. Essentially we're looking to see if you're the right candidate for the course and that you can communicate and cope well in a variety of situations.

Interview days typically start at 9am, following the pattern of a welcome from our Social Work tutors, a written test, a group exercise and individual interviews. Our written test lasts for 30 minutes, where you'll be asked to provide a short essay-style response to a relevant question such as 'What is the role of a Social Worker?'.

After a short break, you'll then move into the group exercise which lasts for 30 minutes. Again, you'll be given a relevant question to discuss in order for us to assess your communication, decision-making and team working skills, as well as your ability to respect other people's opinions.

The day will finish off with an individual interview, where the focus will be on you. We'll ask you what it is that attracted you to this course and what has inspired you to move into this career. This is your final chance to sell yourself, so it's key to prepare for what you may be asked. Alongside your answers, you'll also be assessed on areas including professionalism, values and ethics and knowledge.

With both the group exercises and individual interviews being evaluated by a panel of academics and clinical placement representatives, it's important that you do your research. Reading such newspapers and magazines as Community Care and The Guardian's Society section will no doubt help you with this, as well as assist the knowledge and evidence in your written task.


Anglia Ruskin University also has some general interview tips that includes a video guide. Visit our 'How to be Successful at Interview' page for more information.

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